Search Results: "Charles Atkins"


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ASHES, ASHES by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Though Atkins (The Prodigy, 2007, etc.) is more successful making you worry about the fate of those first two hostages than about Glash's diabolical threat to millions of New Yorkers, nobody who starts this clever, maximum-velocity nail-biter will leave it unfinished."
Atkins's fifth thriller focuses on a killer who comes on like Hannibal Lecter, only less worldly, less cultivated and a lot more ambitious. Read full book review >

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DONE TO DEATH by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"It doesn't take much effort to finger the culprit, but Atkins continues to provide the blend of plot development and well-rounded characters that makes the series so successful.
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The show must go on when a television hostess's murder sends a sleuthing couple behind the scenes to determine which of her enemies had the most to gain from her demise. Read full book review >

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Go To Hell by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 2012

"An inventive novel that runs amok."
A supernatural medical thriller that straddles several genres. Read full book review >

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MOTHER’S MILK by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"If your idea of a good time is to watch practiced hands put the heroine's head in a vise and squeeze, you've come to the right place."
Now that she's saved New York from bubonic plague (Ashes, Ashes, 2008), Dr. Barrett Conyors is ready for another challenge that's modest only by her outsized standards. Read full book review >

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THE PORTRAIT by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1998

"Forget the canned ending, and enjoy the promise of Atkins's recklessly entertaining debut."
New York's art scene spins even more madly than usual when a rising painter, struggling with bipolar disorder, is suspected of murder. Read full book review >

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BEST PLACE TO DIE by Charles Atkins
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The second in Atkins' new series (Vultures at Twilight, 2012) provides plenty of suspects, some complicated crimes and a conflicted pair of sleuths."
A pair of lesbian lovers must uncover the dark secrets of a picture-perfect village to solve a murder. Read full book review >

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VULTURES AT TWILIGHT by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"The killer is surprisingly lightweight for someone of Atkins' formidable ability to evoke evil. And Lillian isn't a patch on Jessica Fletcher, still less Miss Marple. First of a series."
Generally scarifying Atkins (Mother's Milk, 2009, etc.) dials down the violence, though not the body count, in a demi-cozy that asks who's declared war on the antique dealers of Grenville, Conn. Read full book review >

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THE CADAVER’S BALL by Charles Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Intense and immensely entertaining for those who don't mind going over the top in the company of a villain whose tactics include everything but shape-shifting."
Atkins (The Portrait, 1998, etc.) showcases an eminent psychiatrist who, years after losing his love to a colleague, hatches a monstrous plot for revenge. Read full book review >

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DR. ATKINS' NEW DIET REVOLUTION by Robert C. Atkins
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, get ready for a blitz."
Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, published two decades ago, sold millions of copies but was denounced by medical authorities for its unsound high-calorie, low-carbohydrate regimen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2001

"This is not a piece that exactly pulls the reader along, but it is clear and informative and makes a creative life in science seem worthy and satisfying. (Biography. 10+)"
In the introduction to Patent's cogent, thoughtful biography of Charles Darwin, she explains his importance as an icon of science, for without his discovery of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection, "biology makes no sense." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The language here is spare, even simple, but the images are complex, challenging in the way surrealist art defies ordinary perceptions, juxtaposing the whimsical and the frightening."
If it's permitted to speak of such a thing as a national character under our current tyranny of globalism, then there's a definite Eastern European, even Slavic, flavor to the entries in this collection. Read full book review >