Search Results: "Brenda Rickman Vantrease"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MERCY SELLER by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Readers will agree that answers, and the Reformation, can't come soon enough."
Female scribe finds heretical love in Vantrease's engrossing follow-up to The Illuminator (2005). Read full book review >

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THE ILLUMINATOR by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"Aspire to the heights of Name of the Rose it doth, but this confection feels like a blend of genre romance and a forgotten episode of Brother Caedfael."
Let loose thy jerkins and bodices: this long, lax, chatty first novel has a medieval tale to spin and an unlikely hero and heroine with which to spin it. Read full book review >

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BRENDA AND EDWARD by Maryann Kovalski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Once readers give themselves over to the hybrid world in which the dogs dwellthey are clearly canine, with doggy features and abilities, but in all other ways act humanthey will relish this two-hankie telling and the tidy illustrations of love lost and found. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kovalski (Pizza for Breakfast, 1991, etc.) introduces two lovable dogs that live happily together behind a French restaurant. Read full book review >

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Brenda Corrigan Went Downtown by Donna Brookman Kaulkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2013

"A sometimes overly detailed story of intrigue, pain and strength."
A tragic event brings a family together in Kaulkin's novel. Read full book review >

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BRENDA BERMAN, WEDDING EXPERT by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2009

"Brenda's endeavors to reconcile her hopes with reality tell a tale of acceptance that will help young readers struggling with their own life transitions. (Fiction. 6-9)"
When her Uncle Harry becomes engaged, Brenda reluctantly adjusts to the concept of a new aunt and cousin. Read full book review >

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NORMAN AND BRENDA by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"This deeply affecting story makes clear just how elusive happiness can be, and how wonderful it is when you finally find it. (Picture book. YA, adult)"
Norman and Brenda toddle separately toward middle age desperately lonely, believing they will never find a companion. Read full book review >

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CURFEW by Phil Rickman
Released: July 7, 1993

"Old stuff made to dance anew with smart writing, classy passages."
Horror myth meets New Age psychology on the ghost-riddled border of England and Wales. Read full book review >

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TO DREAM OF THE DEAD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"As always, Rickman thrives on excess, but readers who take the plunge will enjoy the excellent company of Merrily, Jane, their beaux and DI Bliss (The Fabric of Sin, 2008, etc.)."
A 4,000-year-old archaeological treasure impedes a village's progress. Read full book review >

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THE PRAYER OF THE NIGHT SHEPHERD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Rickman, a thinking reader's Elizabeth George, continues his traversal of Welsh superstitions, Church of England conundrums, and true-crime touchstones (The Lamp of the Wicked, 2003, etc.) with an added bonus for Sherlockians: an explanation of that Hound's genesis."
Myths, legends, a large black hound, and spiritual proof of a visitation from Conan Doyle occupy the country folk of Ledwardine. Read full book review >

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THE FABRIC OF SIN by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Rickman (The Remains of an Altar, 2007, etc.), a historian of the first order, neatly segues between church policies of today and seven centuries ago. Be prepared to read slowly, maybe even take notes."
Prince Charles's interests antagonize Masons, former hippies and an ultra-secret cadre devoted to Knights Templar history. Read full book review >

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THE REMAINS OF AN ALTAR by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

The spirit of Edward Elgar, Britain's greatest ecclesiastical composer, haunts the byroads of the village of Wychehill. Read full book review >

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THE SMILE OF A GHOST by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A paean to Welsh border history and its spirits that will undoubtedly put Ludlow Castle on many to-see lists. Nor is Rickman (The Prayer of the Night Shepherd, 2004, etc.) any slouch when it comes to contemporary church politics, Internet chat rooms or village rumor mills."
Rap twice if you believe in ghosts. Read full book review >