Search Results: "Cassandra Chan"


BOOK REVIEW

VILLAGE AFFAIRS by Cassandra Chan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2006

"Gibbons and Bethancourt's second adventure is another enjoyably lighthearted look at murder among the upper classes."
Depressed ever since Annette Berowne dumped him (The Young Widow, 2005), Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons relies on a juicy murder case to cheer himself up. Read full book review >

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A SPIDER ON THE STAIRS by Cassandra Chan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Chan (Village Affairs, 2006, etc.) beefs up the mystery while retaining the Golden Age feel to produce her best work to date."
Christmas in Yorkshire is a nasty combination of pouring rain and murder. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG WIDOW by Cassandra Chan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"Despite his pretensions, Betancourt is no Lord Peter Wimsey, and it's a bit of a stretch to picture ambitious, career-minded Jack falling for Annette. But Chan's debut does keep you guessing until the end."
Oxford-educated Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons and wealthy amateur sleuth Philip Betancourt become embroiled in a murder too hot for the local Surrey constabulary to handle. Read full book review >

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GEORGIE'S BEST BAD DAY by Ruth Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For any kid who has spent part of the day facedown on the ground in utter defeat, Georgie and his pals make great commiserating companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the second Georgie and Friends book from Chan, a very bad day goes from calamity to a memorably good time. Read full book review >

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GLORY DAYS by Gillian Chan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Certainly this audience needs to know that their actions can have serious and regrettable consequences, but they'll have to look elsewhere for stories of personal salvation and the redemptive power of love. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Chan (Golden Girl, p. 1219) returns to mythical Elmwood High for this second collection of interrelated short stories. Read full book review >

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THE FAT YEARS by Chan Koonchung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Didactic, often wearingly so, but interesting as an example of the kind of storytelling the powers that be don't want heard."
A dystopian portrait of China in 2013, where the populace is both muzzled and soothed by state-controlled capitalism. Read full book review >

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WHERE'S THE PARTY? by Ruth Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Not likely to be much of a surprise even for diapered cake eaters, but this uncomplicated, feel-good debut is definitely a charmer. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Georgie the cat is eager to throw a party—but none of his friends can come! Bummer. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Crystal Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Though it loses momentum halfway through, the strong opening bodes well for future endeavors. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jewel Campbell's life began the day her older brother John's tragically ended, a coincidence that's shaped and shadowed her family since. Read full book review >

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THE CARVED BOX by Gillian Chan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A well-knit, outdoorsy tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A young orphan's dog turns out to be considerably more than she seems in this Canadian wilderness tale set in the years following the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Bloated. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The myriad magical, societal and romantic story threads of two series and nine books conclude without living up to the series' purple promise. Read full book review >

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SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Self-serving, but enjoyable for committed fans. (Nonfiction 15-18)"
A selection of essays about the Mortal Instruments series edited by the series' author offers a couple of gems and a lot that's not. Read full book review >