Search Results: "David Benson"


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MYSTERY THRILLER

"A compelling police procedural with a contemporary setting and an intriguing heroine worthy of a series."
Benson's tightly plotted crime thriller is sure to please fans of police procedurals. Read full book review >

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HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE THE FUNNY? by Robby Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Tinseltown characters with no glitter."
The title asks a loaded question, for with the exception of a few sparse moments, someone definitely "stole the funny" from this featherweight roman-à-clef. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A pleasure for fans of Benson and the band."
Affable, easygoing, sometimes almost-too-mellow memoir by the noted evangelist of Western swing music and driver of Asleep at the Wheel. Read full book review >

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THE SPARKLING-EYED BOY by Amy Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2004

"Ambitious, but the self-absorption wears thin."
Painfully self-conscious, often pretentious meditations on first love. Read full book review >

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THE PHYSICIAN’S TALE by Ann Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"Absorbing, utterly plausible post-apocalyptic fiction by an imaginative writer."
The story of two plague-fighting physicians separated by centuries—medieval Spaniard Alejandro Canches and modern-day doctor Janie Crowe—continues in the concluding volume of Benson's trilogy (The Burning Road, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >