Search Results: "Fred Vargas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"As droll and fascinating as la ville lumière itself."
An eccentric Parisian killer baffles professional and amateur sleuths alike. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2013

"Lively dialogue, well-defined characters and a sophisticated sense of humor add up to delightfully intelligent entertainment."
Commissaire Adamsberg ventures out of his Parisian jurisdiction to investigate a crime as offbeat as he is. Read full book review >

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IMAGINARY FRED by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Not the solidest piece in the looking-for-a-friend genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginary person has needs of his own. Read full book review >

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AN UNCERTAIN PLACE by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Adamsberg's seventh outing bubbles entertainingly along via the chemistry of its recurring cast and the author's knack for creating colorful minor characters."
A brilliant Parisian sleuth untangles a grisly English crime with links to a French murder. Read full book review >

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WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Another of Vargas's powerful explorations of unusual crimes (Seeking Whom He May Devour, 2006, etc.): first-class from start to finish."
A 30-year sequence of murders continues to haunt Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, who's very personally involved. Read full book review >

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HAVE MERCY ON US ALL by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"Captivating characters, historical oddities and clever plotting all add up to a scintillating tale. Mystery fans will be avidly seeking more from Vargas (Seeking Whom He May Devour, not reviewed, etc.)."
A French bestseller wonders whether modern Paris is in for another round of the plague. Read full book review >

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A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others."
A pair of suspicious suicides are linked to each other and to the "godforsaken rock" that irrevocably changed the victims' lives a decade ago. Read full book review >

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THIS NIGHT’S FOUL WORK by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"A sub-par performance by a popular French writer (Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, 2007, etc.) who this time out seems unduly charmed by her own eccentricity."
When two thugs are found with their throats cut, the local narcs claim the case, but as usual Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg knows better. Read full book review >

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SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Vargas has created a notably intriguing policeman in Adamsberg (Have Mercy on Us All, 2005), whose story this time draws you in and keeps you guessing until the dazzling dénouement."
The inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes region of France live in fear as sheep and humans alike are ravaged by what appears to be an enormous wolf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRED & EDIE by Jill Dawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Can the movie version, to be released here this year, compare?
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A third novel from British poet and editor Dawson (the YA How Do I Look, 1991, etc.), shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread and Orange Prizes and already a bestseller in the UK (30,000 copies thus far), works history and fiction seamlessly together in a complicated story of passion and murder that caused a sensation in England in 1922. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIREMAN FRED  by Lynn Rowe Reed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"While the vocabulary is certainly easy and limited (alone and chief are the two hardest words), beginning readers will have heard enough stories about firefighters to spot the problems. (Early reader. 4-6)"
A title for beginning readers, this entry in the I Like to Read series follows Fireman Fred from the firehouse, out on a call and back again. Read full book review >

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FRED FORGETS by Jarvis
by Jarvis, illustrated by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Humorous but mean-spirited, this story about clever mind control that is only stopped by brute force is an unnecessary addition to the picture-book shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An impish monkey gets a comeuppance when pal Fred wakes up to some not-so-subtle mental bullying. Read full book review >