Search Results: "Eric Mayer"


BOOK REVIEW

SIX FOR GOLD by Mary Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A busy historical mystery with an engagingly wry tone. Many detours, but getting there is most of the fun."
Who killed the Roman Senator, and why are the Egyptian sheep slitting their own throats? Read full book review >

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NINE FOR THE DEVIL by Mary Reed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"Whores, beggars, lawyers, even a tax collector and a pope wander around Constantinople's back alleys, brothels, kitchens and church sanctum sanctorums. What a relief for John (Eight for Eternity, 2010, etc.) to be finally freed of his duties and prepare to take his household off to Greece."
How can you find a killer who doesn't exist? Read full book review >

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TWO FOR JOY by Mary Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Plotting as byzantine as you'd expect, along with gore, whores, and an eight-page glossary."
Justinian I, emperor of Constantinople from a.d. 527-565, is not nearly as bothered by the seemingly spontaneous combustion of three stylites—holy men who sit atop pillars as they pray and preach—as he is by the missives from another holy man, Michael, who wants to share his power and insists on a meeting. Read full book review >

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SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Mary Reed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Meanders from brothels to copper markets to public baths and poetry readings, each rife with all the gossip, rumor, deceit and lewdness you'd expect from one of the Lord Chamberlain's cases (Six for Gold, 2005, etc.)."
Constantinople intrigue during the reign of Justinian and Theodora. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN MEGARA by Mary Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"John's 11th case combines historical detail with a cerebral mystery full of surprises."
Long used to solving mysteries for an emperor, a newly powerless man must solve one for himself. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MARY OF NAZARETH by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly good reproductions of the artwork coupled with a well-written story make this an appealing, empowering volume. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal interpretation of the Virgin Mary's girlhood, illustrated with luminous reproductions of fine art by Giotto, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Rossetti, Georges de La Tour, and others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"A timely and thoughtful alert on a socioeconomic problem whose implications are (or should be) of general concern."
Forget the misleading subtitle. Read full book review >

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PROPER NAME by Bernadette Mayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1996

"0 to 19'')—she blends eccentric content with rigorous verbal (and virtually musical) notation reminiscent of her obvious exemplar, Gertrude Stein."
Proper Name and Other Stories ($13.95 paperback original; June 28, 1996; 144 pp.; 0-8112-1325-0). Read full book review >

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Released: June 12, 2012

"A meaningful contribution to the spiritual self-help library but not for dilettantes."
A psychologist blends spiritual paths from the East, West and beyond for an innovative approach to healing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fine fare for fans old and young."
Engaging reminiscences from an aging writer for whom the national pastime has been, if not a grand passion, at least a serious preoccupation. Read full book review >