Search Results: "Conrad Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

MURDER ON THE OCEANIC by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Continuing in his locked-stateroom tradition, Allen savors the opulence of the early-20th century, romance on the high seas and a cast of impeccably gowned and bejeweled suspects."
J.P. Morgan's newest art treasures fall victim to a shipboard heist. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE MARMORA by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2004

"Despite piano-flute duets, white-tie dinners, and the dashing good looks of George and Genevieve, the voyage isn't nearly as entertaining or puzzling as their sailings aboard the Cunard line (Murder on the Caronia, 2003, etc.)."
A decorously criminal passage to Port Said, circa 1908. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CELTIC by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2007

"A particularly neat mystery makes this retro puzzler one of Allen's strongest."
Theft and murder mar yet another transatlantic voyage. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE MINNESOTA by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"The gowns are lovely, the meals sound tasty, and the descriptions of the shipboard 'Opium Den' and the 'Ladies' Boudoir' so smack of authenticity that it would be churlish to mention that the voyage outlasts the plot."
Having spent 1907 safeguarding Cunard liners (Murder on the Lusitania, 1999; Murder on the Mauretania, 2000), George Porter Dillman and his gal pal Genevieve Masefield temporarily switch allegiances in 1908 to the Great Northern Steamship Company, whose steamship Minnesota, en route from Seattle to China and Japan, may be hiding a band of arms smugglers. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CARONIA by Conrad Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2003

"As one might expect from a sea story, though, there's a veritable shoal of red herrings."
Among the 2,000 passengers boarding the Cunard line's Caronia for its 1908 voyage from New York to Liverpool are the Singletons, who hope to marry their daughter Isadora off to a member of the British aristocracy; the very rich Openshaws, a frank-speaking Yorkshire couple; Ramsey Leach, a timid undertaker, and an equally shy spinster, Pamela Clyne; Theo Wright, a cyclist hoping to win the Bordeaux-to-Paris race, and his martinet coach; Stanley Chase, an antiques dealer; and Crippen-inspired pharmacist John James Heritage and his mistress, Carrie Peterson, who are in the custody of two Scotland Yard officers charged with returning them to England to stand trial for the poisoning of Heritage's wife. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE MAURETANIA by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Just as many nice descriptions of the ship as in Murder on the Lusitania (1999), but also just as many silly people airing their snobberies and flaunting their jewelry."
The Mauretania has barely set sail from Liverpool to America on a cool November evening in 1907 when a first-class passenger is tipping a silver salt cellar and a silver pepper pot into his pocket, a couple travelling second-class lose a silver snuffbox and a purse, and a pair of Welshmen in steerage are making plans to lift a few of the gold bullion bars stored in the hold, then claim a reward for "finding" them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER ON THE LUSITANIA by Conrad Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A bit underplotted, but Allen, in his maiden voyage under his own colors, offers a smooth style and a firm grasp of period language and detail that make for a generally entertaining trip."
Prolonging the season for doomed luxury liners, Allen sets this mild diversion on the Lusitania's 1907 maiden voyage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2014

"As complex as life itself, this novel addresses serious topics without taking itself too seriously. (Fiction. 14-18)"
There is a place where Arlo goes to break free—free from his mother's recent murder, his father's grief, his sister's progressing Huntington's disease. In this place, the Drone Zone, it all falls away and there is just the moment. Read full book review >

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HEAD INJURIES by Conrad Williams
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"The family love that at last fills this vacancy is quite moving."
A debut novel that progresses like crisscross dreams in a damaged head, by a young Englishman whose work has appeared largely in horror and fantasy anthologies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Don't expect to learn why they call this land the Last Great Place; even as a miscellany, Conrad's sidelong glimpse of Montana never conjures much excitement. (Photos, not seen)"
A slow poke through Montana by Conrad (former editor of Horizons), a guy who likes a side dish of bile to accompany his travels. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE PATAGONIAN EXPRESS by Hy Conrad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"TV writer/producer Conrad provides mild mother-daughter tussling, an ingenious and highly improbable mystery, and suspects so forgettable that the culprit is even easier to spot than that telltale corpse."
A mother-daughter team of travel experts is invited on a luxury train trip across Patagonia during which Murphy's law reigns supreme. Read full book review >