Search Results: "Cynthia Manson"


BOOK REVIEW

KINGPINS by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"An average collection at best, no better or worse than a regular issue of either magazine."
Seventeen stories from the pages of Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock magazines, none of them particularly memorable and most not especially relevant to the collection's purported theme— showing the inner workings of organized crime. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"No one will be disappointed."
Excellent sheaf of sf reprints (plus three originals) all turning on crime and detection in the future, a truly intriguing premise. Read full book review >

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WOMEN OF MYSTERY by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Mostly one more attempt to cash in on the burgeoning women-in- mystery market and, considering the names involved, a surprisingly amateurish compilation."
Fifteen stories reprinted from either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, each written by a woman and featuring a woman heroine, who, all too frequently, is either rescued by a man—Patricia McGeer's kidnapping in Israel; Elizabeth A. Dalton's wife-beating husband; Dorothy Salisbury Davis's date from hell; Anne Perry's disruptive, 1894-set house- party—or perkily demanding to be taken as seriously as a man— Janet Stockey's good-cop/bad-cop scenario; B.K. Stevens's novice p.i. Read full book review >

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MURDER BY THE BOOK by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Still, the literary connection puts this collection a cut above Manson's recent Murder Most Medical (p. 903), coedited with Cathleen Jordan."
Nineteen reprints, 1906-93, giving pride of place to books (Idylls of the King, Great Expectations, Treasure Island, etc.) or fictional authors. Read full book review >

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MURDER INTERCONTINENTAL by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A relaxing Cook's tour that doesn't ask too much either of you or the authors assembled."
Exoticism is the keynote in this crop of 20 stories (192396) reprinted from Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazines. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Unlike a recording of opera excerpts, this collection doesn't provide enough highlights from artists who've mostly done their far better work elsewhere."
As even the perfect Wagnerite knows, it's not easy to tell a compelling story while providing great music, and atmosphere prevails over mystery-mongering in most of these 15 stories (194793) chosen by Manson and Halligan (Murder Intercontinental, 1996). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Truth in labeling, then: The title should be Murder Almost Medical."
Fifteen reprints dating from the venerable past (Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Michael Innes) to the other day (Ashley Curtis, John Mortimer, Arthur Porges). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"One complaint: Such familiar fare ought to show a stronger editorial hand than veteran anthologists Manson (Murder by the Book, 1995; Kingpins, 1992, etc.) and Scarborough display here."
This collection is old-fashioned in a double sense. Read full book review >

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THE MARVELLOUS BLUE MOUSE by Christopher Manson
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1992

"Good story, well set. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The Lord Mayor has abused his trust: The city is poor, its buildings falling into decay while he squanders its wealth on pretentious follies. Read full book review >

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THE CRAB PRINCE by Christopher Manson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Manson's well-paced text has an entertainingly cheery tone that recommends it for sharing aloud; his illustrations are boldly drawn and dramatic, a bit sturdy- looking close up (not inappropriate for the plucky Rosella) but perfect for a group. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A lively retelling of a rather long Italian story that has several familiar elements. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 2012

"A spy story that feels wordy but redeems itself with strong characterization and an impressive ear for dialogue."
A mousy scientist's knowledge of nuclear secrets puts her in the middle of a 72-hour game of kill-or-be-killed in Manson's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured."
An in-your-face guide to living with integrity and finding happiness in sometimes-painful places. Read full book review >