Search Results: "Carol Lea Benjamin"


BOOK REVIEW

FALL GUY by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Upstairs neighbor Irwin the dwarf overstays his welcome, but Dashiell is admirable, and there won't be a dry eye in the house when Benjamin (The Long Good Boy, 2001, etc.) lays out all the O'Fallon tragedies."
By-passing relatives, neighbors, and even fellow cop Michael Brody, Tim O'Fallon names a virtual stranger to be executor of his will. Read full book review >

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THE LONG GOOD BOY by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"The vivid, sympathetic, and amusing characterizations of the transvestites linger long after Rachel's boners and other improbabilities fade."
A trio of transvestite prostitutes—LaDonna, Chi Chi, and Jasmine—hire former dog trainer and p.i. Read full book review >

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LADY VANISHES by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 29, 1999

"Human-watchers will find the psychology sound on everybody but the muffled killer. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Everybody who works at Harbor View, the Manhattan residential facility for a dozen autistic and Down's syndrome patients, loves the grueling work they share, but nobody loved the patients and the challenges they pose more than Lady, the mop-headed puli who worked as their therapy dog for over a year before she disappeared one night, shortly before someone ran down Harbor View co-owner Harry Dietrich on a bike and left Dr. Eli Kagan the sole owner. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG DOG by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

"Reasonably cohesive early plotting lapses into a confusion of out-of-nowhere characters, a slew of silly, reckless moves on Rachel's part, and a flat, unconvincing finish, making this outing a safe bet only for the most hopeful, and uncritical, dog lovers."
What if man's best friend could have more lives than a cat? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEA by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite Mercier's (Perlmann's Silence, 2012, etc.) lyricism and occasional emotional acuity, the book's depiction of suffering does little to elaborate its closing observation that 'there is unhappiness of a dimension so great that it is unbearable.'"
Two men from Bern who can no longer trust their hands—one is a recently retired surgeon who can't hold a scalpel without trembling and the other can't hold a steering wheel without contemplating suicide—meet by chance in a cafe in Provence. Read full book review >

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THE HARD WAY by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Endless rehashing of the catastrophe on the subway platform alternates with icky philosophizing about looking beyond a person's clothes to see his soul. No wonder Dashiell (Without a Word, 2005, etc.) wisely spends most of his time snoozing under tabletops."
Seven eyewitnesses skewer the truth. Read full book review >

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WITHOUT A WORD by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans will wag their tails for the empathetic characters and all-too-plausible plot."
A new task for Dash the sleuthing pit bull, who's asked to fetch a missing wife. Read full book review >

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A HELL OF A DOG by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"Even if you pass up the mystery, you won't want to miss the dog-eat-dog snapshots of the alphas who attempt to bring man's best friend to heel."
Who do you call when you're hosting a New York symposium of dog trainers who seem less likely to throw sticks for their charges to fetch than to use them to beat each other to death? Read full book review >

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THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 23, 1997

"If you missed her first, though, you may want to check out the most helpful canine sleuth since Asta."
Why mess with success? Read full book review >

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THIS DOG FOR HIRE by Carol Lea Benjamin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 1996

"Benjamin, a veteran of children's books and dog-training guides, has spun a first mystery that's de rigueur for dog fanciers and highly satisfactory even for readers who prefer two- legged animals."
Meet Rachel Alexander, dog trainer turned shamus, and her pit bull Dashiell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABORIGINAL CAROL by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"A more specific author's note with background information on the Huron Carol and on the Inuktitut language would have extended the usefulness of this beautifully illustrated but ultimately rather mysterious volume. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This innovative interpretation of the Huron Carol, Canada's oldest Christmas carol, is a collaborative effort by three Canadians of different ethnic backgrounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >