Search Results: "Colin Spencer"


BOOK REVIEW

VEGETARIANISM by Colin Spencer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A capable blend of dietary, religious, and political history that will please like-minded readers—but perhaps prompt contrarians to cook up a cheeseburger, rare."
Would the world be a better place if humans stopped eating things with faces? Indubitably, asserts English food-writer Spencer in this lively if sometimes debatable treatise. Read full book review >

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HOMOSEXUALITY IN HISTORY by Colin Spencer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1996

"However, throughout the book he passes quickly over too much material, overemphasizes British history, and admittedly limits his focus almost exclusively to the sexual practices of men, making this account at once too broad and too narrow. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A textbookish chronological overview of same-sex sexual practices, from early primates to Homo sapiens. ``Western societies have lately grown more homophobic. . . . Read full book review >

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COLIN HARRISON
by Gregory McNamee

In his 1954 James Bond novel Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming observed that owning a large number of books tends to go hand in hand with “serious criminal tendencies.” Bibliophiles may object to the thought, but over the long run of history, collectors of many things—paintings, postage stamps, golf courses—have been implicated in all sorts of crimes connected ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD HAND OF HISTORY by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Monika carries the torch nobly as Spencer's franchise keeps its edge."
Two grisly murders at a bakery provide a trial by fire for Charlie Woodend's protégée. Read full book review >

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DYING FALL by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Spencer isn't afraid to shake up a reliable formula, bringing novelty to even the most mundane crime wave."
The torching of a tramp sparks tensions among DCI Woodend's team as they work under the gun to prevent similar crimes. Read full book review >

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THE SHIVERING TURN by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Although not quite the equal of her seasoned mentor, Spencer's Oxford grad gets full marks for persistence and ingenuity in her engaging debut."
Spencer kicks off a new franchise with the disappearance of a Thames Valley schoolgirl. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH MAKER by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"The dark secrets behind the bright flames make Spencer's latest a first-class chiller."
Still fascinated by fire, Spencer goes from Guy Fawkes revelry (The Enemy Within, 2003) to serious witch-burnings as Charlie Woodend finds a town so inbred even his stubborn cloggin-it can't make a dent. Read full book review >

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A DEATH LEFT HANGING by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Spencer's latest is her best: an ingenious puzzle that goes straight to the heart."
Once again, Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend's superiors hand him a real career-buster: the 30-year-old bludgeoning of salesman Fred Dodds, for which his wife has already been hanged. Read full book review >

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BLACKSTONE AND THE ENDGAME by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Packed with portents, Blackstone's ninth takes a nicely shaped puzzle and inflates it until it's as gassy as one of the Kaiser's zeppelins."
International intrigue takes its toll on Inspector Sam Blackstone (Blackstone and the Great War, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLACKSTONE AND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The case of the banker in the bunker provides enough wit, puzzlement and class warfare to delight the most devoted Blackstone fan."
Marooned in the United States, Inspector Sam Blackstone investigates the kidnapping of a business tycoon. Read full book review >

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BYGONES by LaVyrle Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Apart from some frantic sex, it's as sunny and bland as milk pudding—though with a selling uplift message."
By the author of Forgiving and other romances, a sizable stretch of musing and talk as a couple, divorced six years before, find their way back together. Read full book review >