Search Results: "Donald Thomas"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 12, 2013

"Thomas' attempt to intertwine the Holmes saga with the political fortunes of the empire is more ingenious than convincing, unless your idea of Holmes is Errol Flynn."
Spurred on by a well-informed war veteran, Sherlock Holmes revisits several homicides in war-torn South Africa and India. Read full book review >

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THE EXECUTION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Donald Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2007

"Ceremoniously written, carefully researched and much, much too long."
Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—a different Moriarty—go at each other again, and again, in the pair of tales that frame this cycle of pastiches. Read full book review >

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THE VICTORIAN UNDERWORLD by Donald Thomas
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

"A colorful survey of what one reformer called 'Darkest England,' though Thomas is content to watch from the shadows. (60 b&w illustrations)"
Highlights of Victorian low-life, from costermongers' barrows, East End brothels, and "penny gaffs" to Scotland Yard, the court system, and the prison hulks. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"The prolific Thomas (Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil, 2009, etc.) recreates Holmes' milieu with a sure hand, gracefully spinning his well-appointed yarns."
New challenges—a novel, two novellas and a bagatelle—for the inimitable sleuth and his stalwart amanuensis. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"As before, readers will come away sharing the conviction of Conan Doyle's earliest audience that Victorian England would have been both fairer and more exciting if Sherlock Holmes really had existed."
Now it can be told: Sherlock Holmes starred in still more real-life adventures, bringing to book such varied miscreants as the serial poisoner Dr. Thomas Neill Cream and the brides-in-the-bath killer George Joseph Smith. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Donald Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

Undaunted by the news that three of shady Sonny Tarrant's intimates have just been murdered, petty con Johnny McIver—and his mistress and frequent photographic subject Solitaire (nÇe Sally Brown)—plot to empty out Tarrant's safe, succeeding to their sorrow: When McIver turns down an offer from a Tarrant underling to buy back the hot ú5 notes at a steep discount, he finds himself abandoned by the money-changer who'd promised him more, framed for the murder of Solitaire, and on the run from the police as well as Tarrant. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CASES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Donald Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"But dedicated Sherlockians will appreciate the novelty of the great detective's incursion into real-life crimes that don't involve Jack the Ripper."
Thomas (Dancing in the Dark, 1993, etc.) drags the inimitable detective out of retirement still again to investigate seven mysteries closely based on historical fact, from the alleged bigamy of George V (a case that brings him to the attention of Professor Moriarty) to the theft of the Irish crown jewels from an impregnable strongroom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2007

"Comprehensive to a fault."
Murderers, swindlers, prostitutes, burglars, gangs, thugs, conmen and cops collide in England. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2009

"Thomas stretches the frames for Holmes's cases to historical niches previously unexplored. Though not a great stylist, he's a meticulous plotter, and the enticing puzzles seem just as long as they need to be."
Prolific Thomas, who's made a cottage industry of "newly discovered" Holmes cases (The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, 2007, etc.), presents five tales starring the iconic sleuth. Read full book review >

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EVERY TIME I SPEAK, I WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

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ANGIE THOMAS
by Maya Payne Smart

It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are ...


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