Search Results: "Eleanor Kuhns"


BOOK REVIEW

A SIMPLE MURDER by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2012

"Kuhns' focus on a closed community allows her to keep her story from drowning in period detail while emphasizing both the limitations and the charms of the Shakers' vanished world."
The winner of the 2011 MWA/Minotaur First Crime Novel Competition takes an itinerant weaver searching for his son to an unexpectedly tangled mystery inside a Shaker community in 1796 Maine. Read full book review >

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CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2014

"An improbable opening gambit and the gathering revelations of even more improbable extramarital relations that abundantly justify Rees' verdict—'These incestuous small towns!'—make this the weakest of his three period adventures to date."
Revolutionary War veteran Will Rees' third case takes him from his home in Maine to the Shaker community of Mount Unity, New York, where accusations of child neglect blossom into murder. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S COLD DISH by Eleanor Kuhns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Kuhns' fifth dispatch from the early days of a new nation, faster paced than the last installment (Death in Salem, 2015), builds mounting sympathy for its beleaguered leading couple."
In the 1790s, a New England weaver tries to solve a murder made to look like his handiwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rees and Lydia would have made better progress if they hadn't stopped to eat every few pages and Kuhns (Cradle to Grave, 2014, etc.) hadn't described every bite, along with numerous other historical details. Still, the Reeses make an amiable sleuthing team in a post-Revolutionary War setting."
An 18th-century weaver/detective steps into a wasp's nest of family intrigue when he takes on his fourth case. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A DYER by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2013

"Kuhns' follow-up to Will's debut (A Simple Murder, 2012) offers a sensitive look into matters of the heart woven into a nifty puzzle."
Weaver Will Rees copes with family woes while investigating the murder of his childhood friend Nate Bowditch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"A revelatory work that 'opens the nun's closet doors for the first time,' then scans the contents for all their historical and symbolic associations. (Photographs)"
From a journalist, healthcare worker, and converted Catholic, a fascinating overview of the garb worn by consecrated Catholic women, with brief histories of the respective orders. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND THE MONSTER by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Taylor's tale is just about average, but her adorable monster is a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Louis finds a big, shaggy surprise in the family's new house. Read full book review >

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I HAVE ANOTHER LANGUAGE by Eleanor Schick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The appealing soft gray of the illustrations is just right for this mood piece; with precise yet understated line and gentle shading, Schick depicts the narrator's joy and captures the special grace of a memorable performance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In spare prose and soft-pencil illustrations, Schick (a former dancer who studied with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey) evokes a day in the life of a young African-American performer, beginning with a glimpse of home and school but focusing on dance class and her first stage appearance, when ``every movement feels more real than it ever has before'' and when last night's dreams combine with the morning's first hint of spring to create ``Things I can't say in words,'' but can suddenly express with dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2006

"Certainly not revolutionary, but Alexandre's light, practical tips and upbeat attitude show that she's on your side, even if you may not agree with everything she says."
Advice for determining whether a love interest is worth the time, and tips on how to mold your current partner into a decent person. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK by Eleanor Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With its bounty of factlets slipped in for learning on the sly, it's a sure kid and teacher pleaser—a perfect package for tweens. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Julian Calendar has a plan to avoid being a friendless nerd at his new school: Play dumb and pretend to love sports. Read full book review >

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BEEP, BEEP, LET’S GO! by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Though the ending feels abrupt, youngsters will no doubt enjoy the ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog family heads to the beach in Taylor's playful outing: "Jump in. Read full book review >