Search Results: "Ariana Franklin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SERPENT’S TALE by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2008

"A warm, promising continuation of the series."
Medieval forensic specialist Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar returns to action in the second installment in Franklin's historical series (Mistress of the Art of Death, 2007). Read full book review >

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CITY OF SHADOWS by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"Entertaining enough when not stating the historically obvious."
Murder mystery meets historical enigma in pre-Nazi Era Berlin. Read full book review >

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GRAVE GOODS by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2009

"A well-researched, colorful, sometimes comical and often engaging mystery, although the series is beginning to show more signs of familiarity than freshness."
The third volume in a successful British historical criminal-investigation series sees its heroine attempting to authenticate the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >

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MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A potentially winning formula, delivered with panache."
CSI meets The Canterbury Tales. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE WINTER by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"This thoroughly captivating tale was begun by celebrated historical novelist Franklin, who died before its completion, and completed seamlessly by her journalist daughter, Norman."
Franklin (A Murderous Procession, 2010, etc.) and Norman draw a tale of intrigue and violence from the Anarchy, the 12th-century struggle over the right to rule England between Stephen of Blois and Empress Matilda.Read full book review >

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DON'T WAKE THE BABY by Jonathan Franklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"The illustrations for this commendable debut are unusual for their energy and subtle use of vivid color; the concluding twist—the baby wakes Marvin—provides a satisfying irony. Especially appropriate for a parent/preschool group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Mother cautions eponymously from the next room, Marvin plays rambunctious imaginative games (cowboy, magician, pirate, etc.) around his sibling's crib, finally falling asleep in the crib. Read full book review >

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SMARTY MARTY STEPS UP HER GAME by Amy Gutierrez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Light on actual baseball action, but the empowerment message comes through loud and clear. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A bully's threats complicate a young baseball lover's chance to try her hand at announcing. Read full book review >

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AT FACE VALUE by Emily Franklin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Franklin leaves readers to guess if Cyrie will choose plastic surgery or accept herself—as her friends and family do—exactly as she is. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This enjoyable, if lightweight, adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac switches its genders and turns tragedy into comedy. Read full book review >

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HELL AT THE BREECH by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2003

"Historical fiction as smooth and relentless as the darkest Elmore Leonard. First-rate."
Nightriders seize control of a dark corner of Alabama in a history-based first novel. Read full book review >