Search Results: "Barbara Maitland"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOKSTORE VALENTINE by Barbara Maitland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"EWSLUGRU Afraid, and Spooktacular Love Stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
The characters from Bookstore Ghost (1998) and Bookstore Burglar (2001) return with a new character and a love story. Mr. Brown's bookstore is a busy place, despite its rather limited selection of "only ghost books." Read full book review >

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MOO IN THE MORNING by Barbara Maitland
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2000

"EWSLUGp1995 and Margaret Wise Brown's Country Noisy Book (reissued 1994). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Maitland (Bookstore Ghost, not reviewed, etc.) proposes that anyone who rhapsodizes about the countryside's peace and quiet isn't listening. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR WHO DIDN'T LIKE HONEY by Barbara Maitland
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Predictable cuddliness, but comforting to preschoolers about to commence their own foraging. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bear becomes a master of equivocation to avoid confronting his fears. Read full book review >

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BABEL by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Maitland has always been a notable spinner of mysteries, but his fifth case continues to extend his range, depth, and mastery into Ruth Rendell territory."
The shooting of a controversial prof in front of horrified witnesses reunites shaky DS Kathy Kolla, sidelined after the traumatic showdown of Silvermeadow (2002), with Chief Inspector David Brock. Read full book review >

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COMPANY OF LIARS by Karen Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Decidedly not your English teacher's Chaucer, but creepy, suspenseful fun."
Nine pilgrims try to outrun the Black Death in first novelist Maitland's sensational take on The Canterbury Tales. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Strong and challenging work from a highly skilled writer who, apart from a tendency toward argumentative stridency, may be counted among the best of her generation."
The metaphysics of feminism and the baroque influence of the late Angela Carter are weighty presences in this generally accomplished collection of 30 stories by British author Maitland (Ancestral Truths, 1994), etc. A suave, amused narrative voice—sometimes first-person, sometimes omniscient, unafraid to address the reader directly—is a virtual constant in these witty, skillfully woven tales, whose variety and vitality are compromised chiefly by a recurring (and off-putting) impression of smugness. Read full book review >

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HUNTING DAYLIGHT by Piper Maitland
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Above the common run of vampire fiction, but not all that it could be."
Half-vampire Carol Barrett faces familiar-seeming perils as well as romance in the second of a series of paranormal thrillers. Read full book review >

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NO TRACE by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Maitland, perhaps the most underrated writer currently working the whodunit field, puts it all together—a memorably twisty plot, cut-and-thrust interrogation, unsparing forensics, psychological penetration—in the complete mystery package."
The third kidnapping of a young London girl blows the case into a dark new dimension for Chief Inspector David Brock and Sgt. Kathy Kolla. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Uplifting, if somewhat unorthodox."
A novelist, feminist, and amateur theologian provides both food for thought and a more user-friendly deity for disaffected Christians. Read full book review >

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SILVER MEADOW by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Not even the most hard-bitten readers, however, are likely to forget the monstrous terrarium world of Silvermeadow."
Four years after cold-blooded Gregory North killed two guards during a bank robbery in Ilford, Chief Inspector David Brock of Scotland Yard is still hunting him down the most unlikely byways. Read full book review >

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DARK MIRROR by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Like All My Enemies (2009), average for this distinguished series. But Kathy's fans, presented with two installments of her adventures in two months, can hardly complain."
Researching eminent Victorians can be dangerous, DI Kathy Kolla realizes; you can end up as dead as they are, and by the same means. Read full book review >

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ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you'd expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter."
DS Harry Belltree ruffled and singed so many feathers in Sydney Homicide in his explosive first appearance (Crucifixion Creek, 2014, etc.) that he's been rusticated to far-off Newcastle. It's not nearly far enough to ensure the safety of himself, his blind, pregnant wife, Jenny, or assorted well-connected lowlifes. Read full book review >