Search Results: "Flavia Bujor"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PROPHECY OF THE STONES by Flavia Bujor
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Without substance. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Weak writing ruins a potentially interesting relationship between main plot and mysterious frame story. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE ROSE by Flavia Alaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1999

"In this memoir, as in opera, it's the powerful feeling, not the melodramatic plot, that will capture the reader. (b&w photos)"
A torrid tale of illicit love between an Italian-American woman and an Irish-American Roman Catholic priest that lasted for 20 years and produced three children. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTED TREE by Flavia Weedn
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A noble effort that comes off preachy and predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Delicate illustrations enliven this otherwise heavy-handed work. Read full book review >

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FACING THE MUSIC by Mary Sheepshanks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"Mary Wesley fans take note."
An enjoyable, faintly sly account of upper-caste English domestic folderol—more of the entertaining same from Sheepshanks (A Price for Everything, 1996)—concerns a gifted flautist whose romantic life has the progression of a shaky sonatina: first, a loveless passion, then a passionless love, finally a peerless passion and regard. Read full book review >

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THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2010

"A gloriously eccentric cast of characters, from Flavia's dad, whose stamp collection is bankrupting the ancestral digs, to her sisters Ophelia and Daphne, who tell Flavia she was a foundling. There's not a reader alive who wouldn't want to watch Flavia in her lab concocting some nefarious brew."
Almost 11 and keen on poisons, Flavia de Luce gets a second chance to broaden her lethal knowledge. Read full book review >

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FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >

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THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A complex and captivating look at what it's like to be married to a sex addict."
The wives of sex addicts use group therapy sessions to bond and cope in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND RESTORATION by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Blissfully unaware of the splash her author made earlier this year with his monumental An Instance of the Fingerpost, Flavia di Stefano, of Italy's Art Theft Squad, can think only of what's going to become of her when her boss, Gen. Read full book review >

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THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although she seems for quite a while to be relying on good contacts and good luck, Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you."
Banished from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in far-off Toronto (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 2015, etc.) and sent back home to England, Flavia de Luce wants nothing more than to hug her beloved father. Fate has other plans. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Not much mystery and even less poison, but it's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family."
Poisoning prodigy Flavia de Luce's sixth brush with murder carries her back to the most consequential death of all: that of her long-missing mother, Harriet, whose returning corpse is promptly joined by another, fresher specimen. Read full book review >

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THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"So many secrets are disclosed and so many bridges burned in this tangled, high-spirited seventh case for Flavia and Jonathan (Death and Restoration, 1998, etc.) that it's hard to imagine what Pears might have left for an eighth."
Under Italian law, you can be jailed for two years for paying a ransom for a loved one who's kidnapped. Read full book review >