Search Results: "Anna Dean"


BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"The third in Dean's series is another delight, complete with perfect regency prose and an excellent mystery."
A clever Regency sleuth is much like Jane Austen with her ability to see that the mundane things of life are more important than they seem. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2011

"Delightful. The clever puzzle and pitch-perfect Regency prose will charm readers."
A murder among the English gentility once again challenges the inquisitive prowess of Miss Dido Kent (Bellfield Hall, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLFIELD HALL by Anna Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"A classic English country-house whodunit with a Regency setting that will delight Austen fans and mystery connoisseurs alike."
If Jane Austen had written Miss Marple, she would have been Dido Kent, the inquisitive spinster of Dean's American debut, first published in England as A Moment of Silence (2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PLACE OF CONFINEMENT by Anna Dean
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"The fourth in this excellent series (A Woman of Consequence, 2012, etc.), beautifully written in the style of Jane Austen, will leave even die-hard mystery mavens puzzled until the final chapters."
A Regency lady must prove a man innocent of murder if she is to have any chance of future happiness. Read full book review >

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FANDOM AND FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I don’t know if this has ever happened before: One week after listing all of the new releases I’m looking forward to reading this month, I’m ready to report back on the two that were at the top of my list! And I’ve got good—nay, GREAT—news!

Lily Anderson’s Not Now, Not Ever and Anna Priemaza’s Kat and Meg Conquer the ...


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LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover Story: Play Set
BFF Charm: Third Wheel
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Otherworldly
Trigger Warning: Abuse
Bonus Factors: LGTBQ Characters, Multicultural Magic
Anti-Bonus Factor: Abuse
Relationship Status: Happily Ever After

Cover Story: Play Set

This cover is cute, and features important elements of the story, but it ...


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KICKING BUTTS AND EATING NUTS
by Leila Roy

“What if . . . what if you don’t just have a squirrel tail and front teeth, and are pretty strong? What if you actually have the proportional strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel? So if a squirrel can leap five times the length of its own body, let’s say, then you should be able to leap five times the length of ...


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LOVE BLOOMS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover Story: How Does Your Garden Grow

BFF Charm: Sixth Wheel

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Magical

Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Latinx Culture

Relationship Status: Forever and Ever

Cover Story: How Does Your Garden Grow

 

This is a book about girls and flowers. This cover is wholly appropriate.

But I do ...


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WHAT I'M WATCHING FOR THIS OCTOBER
by Leila Roy

New month, new books! This month, there are so very many that I want to read that I’m going to list my five MOST EAGERLY ANTICIPATED titles at the top, and then quick notes on Everything Else. (And there is a Quite A Lot of Everything Else.)

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez

I’ve been ...


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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
by Leila Roy

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
—First Amendment to the United States Constitution

 

As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, certain ...


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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >