Search Results: "Francine Mathews"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH ON NANTUCKET by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"After a long hiatus, Mathews returns to Nantucket (Death in a Cold Hard Light, 1999, etc.) with this twisty tale of family relationships gone bad."
A police officer's wedding plans are complicated by a death in one of Nantucket's most prominent families. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN ROUGH WATER by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Refreshing island atmosphere, believable villainy, and down- to-earth sleuthingall combine with a protagonist whose vulnerability sets her apart from her hard-shelled sisters in the genre."
A second Nantucket-based story featuring Merry Folger, detective on the tiny island police force headed by her father, John (Death in the Off-Season, 1994). Read full book review >

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JACK 1939 by Francine Mathews
Released: July 12, 2012

"A bold concept, poorly executed by this veteran thriller writer (Blown, 2005, etc.)."
FDR recruits a young Jack Kennedy to do some sleuthing in Europe on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN A MOOD INDIGO by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1997

"But nonetheless absorbing."
Third in this series set in Nantucket, where Meredith Folger is a detective in the small police force headed by her father John (Death in Rough Water, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLOWN by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2005

"Tightly plotted and, aside from occasional infelicities, decently written: '. . . all his rage and love in his face.' But what keeps the pages turning is the tough, tender, often out-gunned, always battling Caroline."
More spooky derring-do from CIA intelligence analyst Caroline Carmichael (The Cutout, 2004) as she tracks the baddest terrorist organization on earth. Read full book review >

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THE ALIBI CLUB by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"We're in Alan Furst territory here, save that Furst's plotting and writing are orders-of-magnitude better. Still, serviceable as Nazi-era genre thrillers go, with suspenseful moments to match the slack ones."
Nazi baddies meet good guys straight out of Rick's Café Americain—or, that is, the Club Alibi. Guess who wins. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET AGENT by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2002

"Mathews, an ex-CIA analyst, informs us that the agency signed off on the manuscript. No secrets, then, though there are competent thrills."
Mathews (a.k.a. mystery writer Stephanie Barron) returns (after The Cutout, 2001) with a spy thriller extrapolated loosely from perhaps-real events in Southeast Asia. Read full book review >

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THE CUTOUT by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2001

"Mathews, a former CIA intelligence analyst and veteran mystery author (Death in a Cold Hard Light, 1998, etc.), writes well, and the story benefits from her savvy about spycraft. Her strong characters, though, ultimately get swamped by all the spook-y details."
A near-miss thriller about spies coming in from the cold—le Carré American-style. Read full book review >

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TOO BAD TO DIE by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mathews writes well, keeps the pace brisk and has great fun re-creating historical personages."
If the title sounds reminiscent of a James Bond novel, it's no coincidence, for Mathews freely makes use of Ian Fleming's World War II experience as an intelligence officer in Cairo and Tehran to create adventures in espionage and counterespionage. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN THE OFF-SEASON by Francine Mathews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"Less purely evocative and more sturdily constructed than other recent regional mysteries—Philip Craig's Off Season (p. 590) and John Smolen's Angel's Head (p. 593)—this is a well-crafted, workmanlike debut."
Labor Day weekend on Nantucket Island can be murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Fact-filled and engaging, a trenchant study, indispensable to the policy-makers for America's top 230 high schools (as ranked in the book's useful index). (Author tour)"
A probing examination of the strengths and weaknesses—but mostly the weaknesses—of our nation's top-rated and best-funded public high schools. Read full book review >