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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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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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 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 >

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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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Fractured Psyche by Gwen Rickman
Released: Dec. 19, 2012

"Replete with stories and secondary stories, but carefully and judiciously plotted; hopefully we'll see Mac again."
In Rickman's (No Warning—No Mercy, 2011) second thriller, Capt. Fred "Mac" Makey returns, faced with inmates being murdered at a correctional facility as well as an escaped prisoner. Read full book review >

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THE BONES OF AVALON by Phil Rickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2011

"Rickman, who's wending his way through Welsh history, myth and mores (the Merrily Watkins series), revisits many of the real-life characters he wrote of in The Chalice (1997, etc.) with admirable scholarship and verve, making a John Dee sequel something to look forward to."
Catholics, Protestants, faeries, torture and love during the reign of Elizabeth I. Read full book review >

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THE LAMP OF THE WICKED by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Merrily links criminal, psychological, moral, sociological, spiritual, and supernatural realms to dig deeper into evildoing just when most fictional sleuths would be calling it quits."
A monumentally ambitious fourth outing for the vicar of Ledwardine church and Deliverance Consultant—the term contemporary Anglicans use for exorcist—to the Diocese of Hereford. Read full book review >

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YOUR CONSTANT STAR by Brenda Hasiuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A superb novel from a rising Canadian literary star, best for adult and mature crossover readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Pregnancy, adoption and parenting decisions past and present link—and haunt—a Chinese-Canadian adoptee, her now-pregnant former friend and the biological father-to-be. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGES OF SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Best of all, past and present mores are contrasted in an absorbing story where both are presented with acumen and sympathy. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A sophisticated young New Yorker returns unwillingly to her roots when her mother sends her for a summer with her grandmother Quanimina, who lives the traditional life of the Gullah off the Carolina coast. Read full book review >