Search Results: "Doyle McManus"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 12, 1991

"Snap judgments on issues that deserve more intensive analysis- -but, for its pessimism, an interesting contrast to Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies's Crystal Globe (p. 1193)."
A once-over-lightly report on the sociopolitical and economic state of the Global Village from a pair of Los Angeles Times correspondents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON CONAN DOYLE by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite a few shortcomings, an endearing, well-balanced introduction to a writer the Strand Magazine called 'the greatest natural storyteller of his age.'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Dirda (Classics for Pleasure, 2007, etc.) provides a personal voyage around the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a prodigious variety of lesser-known heroes, worlds and volumes. Read full book review >

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MR. DOYLE & DR. BELL by Howard Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"A stylish departure from Engel's amusing Ontario p.i. Benny Cooperman (The Cooperman Variations, 2002, etc.), rife with clues, misdirection, and an obvious love for the Holmesian canon."
Edinburgh medical student Arthur Conan Doyle plays Watson to Dr. Joseph Bell, his professor's Sherlock Holmes, in this charming paean to the Victorian detective duo. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG DOYLE by Robert Girardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2004

"It's all good, not-so-clean fun, though the suspense suffers from those self-indulgent interpolations."
Buried pirate treasure is the come-on for this tongue-in-cheek yarn about a feisty Virginian and the scurvy knaves ranged against him. Read full book review >

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A.K.A. SHEILA DOYLE by Pat Jordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Still, you've got to have a warm spot for a thriller in which virtually everybody but the dog has at least one alias."
Once upon a time, Sheila Ryan was an aspiring actress—all right, her experience was limited to a single adult film—and acting teacher. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE by Jon Lellenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"No major revelations or strong stylistic appeal, but an affecting self-portrait of a plainspoken, good-natured Englishman whose type has passed into history."
A triple-decker helping of hitherto unpublished letters, mostly to his mother, by the man who hated to be known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >

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PATRICK DOYLE IS FULL OF BLARNEY by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"The characters are folksy, but the dose of ethnic enmity never becomes more than gratuitous. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 7-9)"
It's 1915, and the Germans have just ``sunk a ritzy passenger ship . . . somewhere,'' while nine-year-old Patrick fights his own turf war at home. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. DOYLE by Daniel L. Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"At first muddled and confusing, the book goes on to raise intriguing questions and possibilities for fans of both men."
A father-and-son team exposes the similarities of two very strange men, Jack the Ripper and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE by Russell Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Ably shows a writer whose strengths were as prodigious as his weaknesses."
Balanced, highly readable biography of Sherlock Holmes's phenomenally prolific creator, who began his career as a hardheaded physician and ended it with a daffy devotion to Spiritualism and an adamant advocacy for existence of fairies. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist."
Returning from Britain in 1832 to her family in Rhode Island, 13-year-old Charlotte tangles with a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF A POKER PLAYER by James McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With this plainspoken, highly readable coming-of-age story, McManus adds another winning hand to a growing body of work on the hearts and souls lost to the game of poker."
A boy copes with Catholicism, nuns, and such forbidden fruit as girls and gambling in a collection of closely related stories. Read full book review >

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BITTER MILK by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The work of a young writer still seeking his own voice. When McManus finds it, the results may be spectacular."
Claustrophobic first novel about an embattled and haunted Southern boyhood. Read full book review >