Search Results: "Eleanor Taylor Bland"


BOOK REVIEW

SCREAM IN SILENCE by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Each new series entry (Tell No Tales, 1999, etc.) is slower than the last, the tone flatter, the mystery-mongering more hushed, so that now, despite the alarmist title, even bigotry seems lulled asleep. (Author tour)"
In Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, the salt-and-pepper law-enforcement team of Vic Jessenovik (salt) and Marti MacAlister (pepper) is head over shakers in rampant rascality. Read full book review >

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A DARK AND DEADLY DECEPTION by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2005

"Part police procedural, part domestic drama. But after 13 entries (A Cold and Silent Dying, 2004, etc.), the formula seems a bit, well, bland."
The cops in Lincoln Prairie, Ill., find a fresh and literal addition to the skeletons in a murdered actress's closet. Read full book review >

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DONE WRONG by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Crisp action sequences, dirty cops, dogged procedural work, quietly telling family scenes: Marti's fourth appearance (Gone Quiet, 1994, etc.) has it all."
A Chicago narcotics cop's suspiciously fatal fall from the roof of a parking garage rips open Marti MacAlister's three-year- old wounds of grieving for her own husbanda colleague of Julian Cantor's who supposedly ate his gun in a Chicago cemetery. Read full book review >

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SLOW BURN by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"More polished than this team's debut, with a toned-down relationship between Marti (black) and Vik (white), and with more nuances to Marti's dealing with the black community and her own two grieving children."
A second outing for Lincoln Park, Illinois, detectives MacAlister and Jessenovik (Dead Time, 1992) again finds them tired, overworked, and ODing on bad coffee while the bodies pile up- -including two at an abortion clinic that's been torched. Read full book review >

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FATAL REMAINS by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Forget the ghost and the Smith relatives, cold as day-old toast. The points of interest here are the Potawatomi tribe, the child-size slave manacles, and Vik's manful efforts to grapple with his wife's deteriorating MS condition."
Ancestral honor and malfeasance collide for Bland's Illinois cops (Whispers in the Dark, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"As in most Blands (Scream in Silence, 2000, etc.), the domestic travails are more interesting and believable than the police work."
Marti MacAlister's extended family is all a-twitter. Read full book review >

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GONE QUIET by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1994

"No wonder Marti and Vik are able to keep the entire case contained within Lincoln Prairie's close-knit black community."
When you die on a Friday night in Lincoln Prairie, Ill., the way Deacon Henry Hamilton did, your body lies in bed all day Saturday—time enough for the Mt. Read full book review >

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WINDY CITY DYING by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"As stolid and earnest as Marti's first nine cases (Whispers in the Dark, 2001, etc.), and animated only when Bland takes dead aim at the inadequacies of the juvenile welfare system and ponders the Olympic prospects of Marti's volleyball-playing daughter."
Adrian Quinn's spent 13 years in prison plotting his revenge. Read full book review >

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KEEP STILL by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 1996

"But the killer's chilling final confession strikes deep."
What looks at first like a fatal accident and at second like an unassuming, all-in-the-family homicide—elderly widow Sophia Admunds's quiet fall down her basement steps—reveals a much more sinister side when Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, cop Marti MacAlister (Done Wrong, 1995, etc.) and her partners link it to the drowning of teacher's aide Liddy Fields. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Although Bland accurately notes that the African-American mystery has come a long way in the past ten years, this landmark collection may not dissuade cautious readers from waiting a little longer for an investment-grade anthology."
Twenty-two well- and lesser-known African-American writers tackle the short form—with variable success. Read full book review >

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TELL NO TALES by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"And for the first time, the domestic side, the more interesting side, of Marti's life fails to get its due."
So there's Detective Marti MacAlister (she's black) enjoying a deliciously snowbound honeymoon at a picture-postcard inn when suddenly the phone rings. Read full book review >

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SEE NO EVIL by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1998

"Bland's blunt honesty about her characters' conflicted emotions makes this the best of Marti's six cases (Keep Still, 1996, etc.) to date, even though individual storylines stay stubbornly distinct."
Halloween week is anything but festive for Det. Marti MacAlister and her partner Vik Jessenovik. Read full book review >