Search Results: "Cassandra Clark"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RED VELVET TURNSHOE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"The hunt for Constantine's cross is ludicrously cartoonish; the search for the clerk's killer and Pierrekyn's subsequent trial are complex and satisfying. Hildegard is at her best at home in Yorkshire, but the rest of the story is worth reading for the view inside her vivid, earthy world."
Her second adventure (Hangman Blind, 2009) sends Sister Hildegard on a pilgrimage stalked by death. Read full book review >

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HANGMAN BLIND by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Deeply embedded in the historical events of the period, this is a rich tapestry; even the small figures are finely detailed and carefully situated in a dazzling array of events. An intriguing and evocative debut."
A medieval nun seeks justice for the poor and noble alike. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON OF HANDALE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 2015

"A dramatic mystery lavishly studded with period details: Clark's best to date."
Sister Hildegard has a momentous decision to make as soon as she solves some murders. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF ANGELS by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 2011

"Intricately plotted and rich in vivid historical detail, the three interlocking mysteries create an engrossing, fascinating tale."
Sister Hildegard again defends the innocent amid political intrigue in medieval Yorkshire (The Red Velvet Turnshoe, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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A PARLIAMENT OF SPIES by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Mystery takes a back seat to copious historical detail in Hildegard's pleasing fourth adventure."
Sister Hildegard has had many a foreign adventure, but her latest escapade in 14th-century England is more dangerous than most. 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 >

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CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 24, 2009

"Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun. (Fantasy. YA)"
How could things possibly work out for Shadowhunter Clary in this trilogy conclusion? 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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THERE WAS AN OLD SAILOR by Claire Saxby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"An aptly silly narrative and offbeat illustrations make this a successful new spin on an old classic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With its catchy cumulative cadence, this nautically themed remake of the classic children's rhyme about that old woman who swallowed a fly is a natural for reading aloud. Read full book review >

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THE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship's loyalty. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Book 1 in the five-book fantasy series introduces the Magisterium, a training school for young mages that is located in underground caverns in Virginia. Read full book review >