Search Results: "Amanda Ripley"


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THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD by Amanda Ripley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become 'so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going.'"
Chronicle of a journalist's global travels to visit schools, interviewing educators and talking with students and their families in order to answer the question, "Why were some kids learning so much—and others so very little?" Read full book review >

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FROM FIELDS OF GOLD by Alexandra Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1994

"A paperback original spilling out of its hardcover corset."
Slim pickings from the turn-of-the-century North Carolina tobacco industry, by the author of Scarlett (not reviewed) and a slew of other Southern-fried fiction (New Orleans Legacy, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOST IN AUSTIN by J.R. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ripley also writes as Glenn Meganck, another name to avoid."
Disbarred lawyer Tony Kozol (Skulls of Sedona, not reviewed), who ekes out a living as a so-so guitar player, considers himself lucky to have landed on the cross-country tour with Clint Cash and the Cowhands when real guitarist Brian Love breaks his arm. Read full book review >

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ELECTRIC COUNTRY ROULETTE by W.L. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The good news is that Storme has acquired some of the catlike moves of the early Spenser, before he got to be such a prig."
Whatever he's been doing since Storme Front (1995), Wyatt Storme's been working on his act. Read full book review >

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DREAMSICLE by W.L. Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1993

"Fighting the good fight has seldom been so much atavistic fun."
Here's one for the boys who love to kick butt. Read full book review >

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THAT ANGEL LOOK by Mike Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 1998

"Modishly amusing stuff, though Ripley's determination to jolt you early and often keeps Angel's dark descent from developing the momentum that a more gradual immersion might have created."
The eighth of Ripley's novels about sometime driver Fitzroy Maclean Angel (Angel City, 1995, etc.) might just as well have started off with Angel sitting in a pub doing what he does best- -nothing—when a trio of young ladies asks him to judge which of them has the most muscular thighs: a strenuous hands-on judicial procedure climaxing in a special prize the winner presents to the judge. Read full book review >

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MULCH by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1994

"A first novel whose slender plot leaves its smart, appealing heroine all dressed up with no place to go."
Gamely establishing still another garden after her husband, Bill, an ill-concealed State Department spook, moves her back to suburban DC, Louise Eldridge gathers two dozen bags of leaves from her Sylvan Valley neighbors' trash to use as organic mulch. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN AFFAIR by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Readers with similar interests probably won't mind the inevitable arid patches between display plots."
Into each life some rain must fall—even such an enviable one as that of Louise Eldridge, the gardening maven and sometime sleuth who lives in Alexandria with her CIA husband Bill and their teenaged daughter Janie. Read full book review >

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DEATH AT THE SPRING PLANT SALE by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Stiff dialogue, colorless people, and an unconvincing story: one of Ripley's lesser efforts, even for gardening fans."
Louise Eldridge (The Christmas Garden Affair, 2002, etc.), gardening expert par excellence, with a TV series to prove it, attends an annual do where somebody gets done in. Read full book review >

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MR. CAMPION'S ABDICATION by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Ripley sets Allingham's hero a more substantial mystery than in Mr. Campion's Guilt (2016), and the evocations of everything from 1930s manners to an American teenager in 1970 are spot-on. Fans, however, are most likely to be drawn by the nonstop blather, which has a marvelous time-capsule freshness."
Margery Allingham's imperishable Albert Campion, now officially the last survivor of detection's golden age, looks back from 1970 to the surprisingly multilayered intrigue surrounding the Duke of Windsor's visit to a Suffolk archaeological dig shortly before he gave up the throne for the woman he loved. Read full book review >

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MARGERY ALLINGHAM'S MR. CAMPION'S FAREWELL by Mike Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Ripley (Angels Unaware, 2008, etc.) is almost too successful in fulfilling the bespectacled detective's ploy of making himself an ineffectual nonentity. Only toward the end of this meandering, fitfully amusing, resolutely twee story does Campion become more than a sad echo of an earlier age."
In his 22nd adventure, a gentleman detective takes on local politics and characters as eccentric as he is. Read full book review >

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PRESSING THE BET by W.L. Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Fast and lively. It's refreshing indeed to see bad guys dance so helplessly to a good guy's tune."
Ex-Fed Cole Springer (Springer's Gambit, 2001, etc.) is back—and all over Las Vegas, bad guys are spinning their wheels. Read full book review >