Search Results: "Frank Keating"


BOOK REVIEW

THEODORE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"As homage, its success is unquestionable; as biography, its achievement is a little more dubious. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An unabashedly reverent paean to the 26th president is light on biographical detail but heavy on inspiration. Read full book review >

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ABRAHAM by Frank Keating
by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, this entry in the series provides a face but falls short on substance. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Following Theodore (2006) and George (2012), Keating adds a new face to the Mount Rushmore series. Read full book review >

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WILL ROGERS by Frank Keating
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As it stands, without the necessary contextualizing detail to flesh out this most human man, most readers previously unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves no more familiar with him at closing. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An attractive, heartfelt, but ultimately obscure picture-book tribute to the great American humorist and commentator. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >

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A DETECTIVE IN LOVE by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Transcends Harriet's debut (The Hard Detective, 2000) to join Keating's trenchant studies of The Rich Detective (1993), The Good Detective (1995), The Soft Detective (1998), and The Bad Detective (1999)."
Because you never know when Eros may strike without warning or pity, John Piddock has an unusually broad-minded agreement with his wife, Det. Supt. Read full book review >

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CRIME WAVES I by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Low-key and diverting, though lacking a standout."
Retiring after a 25-year stewardship as editor of the annual Crime Writers Association anthology, Herbert Harris is replaced, this year, by critic/mystery writer Keating, who includes three original stories (Catherine Aird's slight car-mishap; Mike Ripley's droll plot against Shakespeare; and Michael A. Lewin's hilarious spin on Dan Quayle as an accidental detective), six EQMM reprints (his own paean to ``The Speckled Band''; David Williams's clever customs comeuppance; Robert Barnard's truly malicious tale of seasonal giving; Julian Symons's elegantly written suburban nightmare; Reginald Hill's melodramatic horror story; and Susan Moody's twist on the writer's experience with crime), plus eight stories unfamiliar to American readers from such as Antonia Fraser (Jemima Shore in jeopardy), Michael Gilbert (a keen look at business improprieties), Liza Cody (hooliganism at a theme park), and Simon Brett (a long, drawn-out bit of fatherly advice). Read full book review >

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HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE by Jess Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sweet reminder that being a middle school girl is about far more than boys and makeup. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When your best friend lives on the other side of the world, it can be hard to stay best friends. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMING DETECTIVE by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"As thin a mystery as Keating has ever set, without the complexity of morals and motives that marks his best work."
The new chief constable of Greater Birchester Police gives Det. Supt. Harriet Martens (A Detective Under Fire, 2004, etc.) two weeks to solve a 30-year-old murder. Read full book review >

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PLAY FOR ME by Céline Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A promising premise sadly underdeveloped."
Empty nester has whirlwind affair with indie rock guitarist, with predictable results, in Keating's second novel (Layla, 2013).Read full book review >

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BRIBERY, CORRUPTION ALSO by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 1999

"Despite Protima's demurrals, though, it's reassuring to find Calcutta just as corrupt as Ghote's beat back in Bombay."
Before she met and married Inspector Ganesh Ghote of the Bombay Crime Branch, Protima was a Calcutta Bengali, and now that she's inherited an estate from her "cousin-uncle" Amit Chattopadhyay, she has every intention of rounding off her life in the land of her childhood. Read full book review >

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DOING WRONG by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Please To Vote for Communist Party (Marxist'')—and Inspector Ghote's ineffable charm. (Author tour)"
Inspector Ganesh Ghote has barely had time to clear off his desk since Cheating Death (p. 888) when he's called out on the strangling of Mrs. Shoba Popatkar, late Minister of Railways and sempiternal do-gooder. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN AND HIS BOMB by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 28, 2006

"The mystery is solved by a series of convenient, and conveniently delayed, recollections. It's a testament to this series that the death of the heroine's son produces a reaction that's stronger but no more heartfelt than usual."
The Hard Detective's cases (A Detective at Death's Door, 2005, etc.) always try her strength, but this one may be the hardest yet. Read full book review >