Search Results: "Frances Fyfield"


BOOK REVIEW

WITHOUT CONSENT by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Downbeat all the way but, still, powerfully engrossing."
Helen West, a lawyer for London's Crown Prosecution Service, deals mostly with cases of rape and the often hapless victims she has to persuade to carry their accusations to court (A Clear Conscience, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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PERFECTLY PURE AND GOOD by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 1994

"Porphyria's Lover'' never ignite this doomy tale."
Fyfield continues her assault on the English Gothic (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.; see also Half Light, as Frances Hegarty, 1993) in this tale of Sarah Fortune, unassuming solicitor dispatched to the Norfolk village of Merton on Sea to help the fractious Pardoes divide the spoils of Henry Pardoe's estate. Read full book review >

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STARING AT THE LIGHT by Frances Fyfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A superior job from an old pro."
A new challenge for the veteran author's occasional heroine Sarah Fortune (Perfectly Pure and Good, 1994, etc.), a vibrant, red-haired lawyer who works for the firm of Ernest Mattewson in London. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS ON THE MIRROR by Frances Fyfield
Released: Feb. 7, 1990

A disappointing oddity from the talented Fyfield (A Question of Guilt, 1989), who now intertwines a group of lives in a manner so cunning, so intricate, and so corny that this would surely enthrall soap-opera fans. Read full book review >

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DEEP SLEEP by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 1992

"Bailey relationship, at least for now."
Fyfield (A Question of Guilt, 1989; Shadows on the Mirror; as Frances Hegarty, The Playroom—both 1991) is slowly building a loyal readership—mainly of fans of Ruth Rendell's procedurals— and, here, again presents Crown Prosecutor Helen West and Detective Inspector Geoffrey Bailey with a case that impinges on both of their territories: Helen's gut feeling tells her that pharmacist Pip Carlton's wife did not just peacefully die in her sleep; Geoff's fellow officer, the violent-when-drunk Duncan, is the estranged husband of Pip's assistant, Kimberly—who, unbeknownst to her, is the center of Pip's crazed sexual fantasies. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PLAY by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Fyfield's intelligence is as ferociously penetrating as ever- -unhappy Rose is particularly well-drawn—but there's barely enough action here to keep the pot simmering while waiting for Mr. Logo's plausible maleficence to bring it to a boil."
Crown Prosecutor Helen West (Deep Sleep, 1992, etc.) takes time out from her repeated attempts to convict a chronic stalker of schoolgirls called Mr. Logo to befriend Rose Darvey, an angry, compulsively promiscuous case clerk in her office, when she runs into her at a pregnancy clinic—not realizing that Rose has a surprisingly long-standing connection with Margaret Mellors, oh-so-proper Mr. Logo's next-door neighbor and surrogate mother, a connection that's about to bear fatal fruit. Read full book review >

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UNDERCURRENTS by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 23, 2001

"Atmospheric, perceptive, elegantly written: ample proof that Fyfield can plumb the male psyche as deftly as she does the female's in her Helen West and Sarah Fortune series (Staring at the Light, 2000, etc.)."
Shy, reserved Henry Evans, an American pharmaceutical scientist, met, loved, and ran from vibrant Francesca Chisholm, an English girl he met while backpacking in India 20 years ago. Read full book review >

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 1995

"Fyfield packs her tale with cynical insights and unrelenting tension, and she writes compelling prose that sometimes purples but rarely goes over the top."
Helen West, a lawyer for London's Crown Prosecution Service (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.), is grateful when a patrician friend sends Cath Boyle, her cleaning woman, to help with the renovation of the basement apartment that Helen sometimes shares with her lover, Police Superintendent Geoffrey Bailey. Read full book review >

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A century ago, if you had said that evangelical Christianity would one day emerge as a leading political force in America, you might have met incredulity or even ridicule. Such belief was widely seen as a throwback to the old days of snake handling and speaking in tongues. Didn’t Clarence Darrow prove definitively, after all, in a Tennessee courtroom that ...


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DUCKIE’S RAINBOW by Frances Barry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"A bright and appealing debut for the diaper set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duckie hurries across paper collage scenes on double-paged spreads of supersaturated color, each one smaller than the last. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Reminiscent of Eric Carle's early work, this uniquely shaped, inexpensive numbers lesson belongs in every collection—at least once. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's charming duck, who taught toddlers colors in Duckie's Rainbow (2004), returns to help with numbers one to ten. Read full book review >

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LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >