Search Results: "Elizabeth George Speare"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 10, 1958

"Kit's vindication, her gradual integration into the community and the positive effect she has on those about her, combine here in a well documented novel to rival the author's first work, Calico Captive, which received wide acclaim as a work of 'superior historical fiction'."
When young Kit Tyler comes from her Barbados home to colonial Connecticut, she is unprepared for the austerity of her uncle's home. Read full book review >

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THE PROSPERING by Elizabeth George Speare
Released: May 15, 1966

"A pleasant novel of growing up, but transplanted rather than rooted in its history."
Traces of Mrs. Speare's previous three historical novels for "young people" (two of which won the Newbery Award) still linger in this, her first novel for adults. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 31, 1963

"It is a finely designed as book, valuable for libraries or private collections, and will make excellent supplementary reading for beginning students of American history."
The author, a two-time Newbery prize winner, has captured the spirit of life in early America by making worthwhile use of diaries, letters, travelers' tales, etc. Her extensive research is evidenced by the careful details, selectivity, and clear organization. Read full book review >

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CALICO CAPTIVE by Elizabeth George Speare
Released: Sept. 26, 1957

"With the additional excitement of the French-English conflict this is a sterling calibre for teen-aged girls."
Vital and vivid, this short novel based on the actual captivity of a pre-Revolutionary girl of Charlestown, Vermont, presents American history with force and verve. Read full book review >

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THE BRONZE BOW by Elizabeth George Speare
Released: Sept. 19, 1961

"Alive and colorful biblical fare in the well modulated manner of Elizabeth Speare."
Daniel of Galilee joins the powerful Rosh in the mountains and participates in the underground vowed to bend the bronze bow of Rome. Read full book review >

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WELL-SCHOOLED IN MURDER by Elizabeth George
Released: July 1, 1990

"Solid, fine-tuned writing—and a handsome companion piece to its two predecessors."
After a brilliant debut (A Great Deliverance) and an almost as dazzling second novel (Payment in Blood), George's third mystery seems more modest—more an homage to the plot intricacies of Christie than a psychological twister in the manner of Rendell—but only for the book's first hundred pages; then the author swings into high gear as she un(Gordian) knots the old school tie. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"As you might expect, George, known for many virtues that don't include concision (Careless in Red, 2008, etc.), does let her contributors run on, but on the whole she pieces together a readable if not terribly innovative anthology."
Greed and lust are the driving forces in 23 new stories by female authors. Read full book review >

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WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2005

"As usual, there's still more angst for Lynley, who this time is so overwhelmed he turns in his badge. But George mostly de-purples her prose—even while letting her serial killer blather on."
The 14th long-winded professional pairing of plummy Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley and abrasive Constable Barbara Havers (A Place of Hiding, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUST ONE EVIL ACT by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"George's fans will be glad to see Havers back in action, even though, as ever, she's quick to land in trouble. And as for Lynley—well, he's as cool as ever, in more than one sense of the word."
Inspector Lynley returns for a bout of trans-European hijinks—his first adventure outside Old Blighty. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF NOWHERE by Elizabeth George
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Lacking vampires, werewolves and a compelling mystery, this will be of most interest to persistent readers of teen sagas set in the Pacific Northwest. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
The bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels turns to teens with this paranormal-series opener. Read full book review >

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A SUITABLE VENGEANCE by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1991

"The prose is perhaps a shade too overwrought, but, still, Anglophiles—along with George's many fans—will want to queue up for this one."
\An age-old question—does love have a place in the mystery?—is answered at an exquisitely leisurely length in this prequel to A Great Deliverance, Payment in Blood and Well-Schooled in Murder, which first introduced the estimable Eighth Earl of Asherton, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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PLAYING FOR THE ASHES by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1994

"Rambling and effusively wordy, Playing For the Ashes holds the reader in thrall to the end — a tribute to George's literary skills and storytelling magic."
Another psychologically fraught case for Scotland Yard's upper-class Inspector Thomas Lynley and his rough-hewn Sergeant Barbara Havers (Missing Joseph, 1993, etc.) as they grapple with the death, by fire in a cottage in Kent, of cricket star Ken Fleming. Read full book review >