Search Results: "Bruce Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

MURDER IN GRUB STREET by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"Sir John's second bout of detection (Blind Justice, 1994) is a nifty piece of Georgian work: an intriguing puzzle plus a lively, vivid portrait of everyday life in 1769 London."
More 18th-century adventure for blind magistrate Sir John Fielding. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A COLONIAL by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"It's up to blind magistrate Sir John Fielding and his seeing-eye dogsbody Jeremy Proctor (Jack, Knave and Fool, 1998, etc.) to figure out whether the claimant is as sterling as the estate he claims."
Death Of A Colonial ($23.95; Sept. 13; 288 pp.; 0-399-14564-8): Just as the Crown is about to seize the estate of Arthur Paltrow, a nobleman hanged for murder, Arthur's younger brother Lawrence, missing for seven years, returns to stake his claim. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR OF DEATH by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Sir John's final gesture, however—a particularly dramatic precursor to today's lineup of suspects—leaves the pair in triumphantly good form."
When a bullet sidelines blind magistrate Sir John Fielding early in this seventh outing (Death of a Colonial, 1999, etc.), his teenaged protégé Jeremy Proctor, eager to prove his maturity and his grasp of the great man's famous interrogative methods, leaps into the investigative breach. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF MURDER by Bruce Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"Alexander balances darker narrative colors and a deeper look at series characters with a satisfying mystery and rich period authenticity."
It's 1774, and a child killer prowls the streets of London's tenderloin. Read full book review >

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PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"It's lucky for Sir John that he's a magistrate and not a barrister himself. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
From a distance of 27 years, barrister Jeremy Proctor recalls the fourth case in which, as a boy, he assisted Sir John Fielding, the blind Magistrate of the Bow Street Court (Watery Grave, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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JACK, KNAVE AND FOOL by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"As for the two mysteries—one rather unoriginal, the other left hanging in a surprisingly anticlimactic way—they're no more than the key to Alexander's magical world."
There's no escaping sudden death no matter which end of the social spectrum you occupy in 1771 London. Read full book review >

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BLIND JUSTICE by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The final paragraph promises a sequel, perhaps a series."
Sir John Fielding, co-founder with his late half-brother Henry (author of Tom Jones) of the Bow Street Runners, has been dead for 200 years, but he's just now getting his first starring role in a detective story. Read full book review >

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WATERY GRAVE by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1996

"Even fans of Sir John, however, will probably judge his third outing his weakest."
Months after the storm at sea in which Captain Josiah Markham perished, H.M.S. Adventure returns to England. Read full book review >

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AN EXPERIMENT IN TREASON by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Series veterans will find far greater rewards than newcomers encountering this caravansary for the first time."
Benjamin Franklin faces off against blind magistrate Sir John Fielding as protégé Jeremy Proctor, on the brink of manhood and beginning legal studies, recounts Sir John's ninth adventure, which begins with the burglary of powerful politician Lord Hillsborough's residence. Read full book review >

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SMUGGLER’S MOON by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Still, Jeremy's curiosity and enthusiasm are infectious, and Sir John performs in his eighth adventure (The Color of Death, 2000, etc.) with his usual Holmesian panache."
The idyllic English seaside town of Deal is transformed so regularly of a night into a hotbed of "owling"—smuggling, to a non-18th-century reader—that those involved in the illegal trade refer to Deal as "Smuggler's Beach." Read full book review >

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2005

"Published posthumously, this 11th installment in the elegant Fielding series (The Price of Murder, 2003, etc.) was completed by the author's widow and mystery writer Jack Shannon. Most readers will wish for more."
The inexplicable suicide of a powerful British lord leads Sir John Fielding and Jeremy Proctor to the weird worlds of medical quackery and necromancy. Read full book review >

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Lovely. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
All things are indeed "bright and beautiful" in the serene, sharply detailed country scenes Whatley (Wait! Read full book review >