Search Results: "Christopher Fowler"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTOPHER by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1994

"The carefully composed scenes are spare and powerful; though the telling is unremarkable, the art speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of Reprobus, the huge man who came to be known as Christopher, patron saint of travelers. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER by Allison Burnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"At times both acid-tinged and unbelievably sweet, a hopeless love's lament."
A lethargic Lothario does what he can to bring his cute, depressed neighbor around to a love affair. Read full book review >

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THE VICTORIA VANISHES by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Learned excurses on pubs, conspiracy theories and the blood of Christ keep the pot boiling, though the answers this time aren't as satisfying as the wildly inventive questions."
The staff of the Peculiar Crimes Unit search for a killer working out of London's pubs, including a nonexistent one, while they parry the usual threats to the PCU's existence. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Charlotte Yue
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Bibliography; children's books for further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
An incisive look at the tools, knowledge, and personal qualities that made Columbus's first voyage possible. Read full book review >

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THE INVISIBLE CODE by Christopher Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"Mr. Bryant and a covey of diverse experts expatiate informatively on witchcraft, code-breaking and national defense. But there's less warmth or humor or real mystery than in The Memory of Blood (2012) and other recent PCU outings."
Two cases, from different but equally unexpected quarters, emerge for the staff of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. Read full book review >

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TEN SECOND STAIRCASE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 4, 2006

"How many locked-room puzzles can the duo unlock before their Peculiar Crimes unit is disbanded? Many more, one hopes."
Mr. Bryant and Mr. May, well beyond statutory retirement age, show no inclination to leave. Read full book review >

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THE WATER ROOM by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2005

"Fowler's tale—humorous, engaging, at times incoherent—inundates readers with historical details, myths, subplots, and maps and then tacks on a dénouement that seems to belong to a separate novel."
During one of the rainiest years in the City's history, the decrepit leaders of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit (Full Dark House, 2004) must navigate two unofficial investigations: the death of elderly Ruth Singh and the skullduggery behind a scholar's research into London's extensive underground river system. Read full book review >

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FULL DARK HOUSE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Bryant and May's enduring partnership combines newfangled forensic science with old-fashioned occultism, imagination with derring-do, and a sense of mission with the devastating effects of chaos."
Bombs from the Blitz echo in an incendiary blast that takes the life of an octogenarian detective in 21st-century London: a compelling kickoff to a new series. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER COUNTING by Valeri Gorbachev
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Gorbachev's terrifically detailed illustrations, in watercolor and pen-and-ink, greatly enhance the simple, straightforward story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning about numbers opens a world of discovery for a curious rabbit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The tepidness of the tale begs comparison to more vigorous mice of yore, and rather than purchasing this offering, libraries will find themselves better served by replacement copies of A Cricket in Times Square. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Christopher is a white mouse, born either for the pet shop or the laboratory, so when he's sold to a pet shop, and then to the ideal boy, he feels fortunate. Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not to worry: Everything is wrapped up logically, if not exactly convincingly, in the end. Sleep well, Your Majesty."
As if London didn't provide enough live citizens to worry about, the Peculiar Crimes Unit (The Invisible Code, 2013, etc.) is presented with one at least briefly returned from the dead.Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY OF BLOOD by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 2012

"Though no single element stands out, Fowler achieves a fine balance between the impossible crime, the juggling of suspects and motives, Mr. Bryant's flights of recondite erudition, the planting and decoding of clues and the obligatory plots to discredit and disband the PCU."
The Peculiar Crimes Unit (Bryant & May Off the Rails, 2010, etc.) celebrates its new digs in Caledonian Road by investigating a murder whose leading suspect is Mr. Punch, of Punch and Judy fame. Read full book review >