Search Results: "Gavin Lyall"


BOOK REVIEW

SPY'S HONOUR by Gavin Lyall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 1995

"So ignore, if you can, the road to Sarajevo and enjoy one by one these unabashedly nostalgic chronicles from the sunniest days of MI5."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of the preWW I British Secret Service, when a man could legitimately be challenged to a duel for suggesting a fellow was a spy. Read full book review >

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THE CROAKING OF THE RAVEN by Francis Lyall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"Solid police routines finally produce an undermotivated culprit, but disjointed plotting, colorless characters, and lack of tension make for dull going—helped only a little by a competent, literate style."
This rather tepid police procedural marks the author's US debut and introduces Superintendent Alan Mason and sidekick Ian Crawford, who work out of the Scottish town of Greyhavens. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF A PUG  by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Another sequel is in the offing, and young mystery fans should be glad. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Wallace and Mason Investigations is on the case of the missing mascot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Grantleyville Middle School lowlifes beware: shamus Howard Wallace is on the case! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Fresh, funny and occasionally wicked."
New York Times publishing correspondent Lyall, based in London and married to a Brit, takes some gentle, fond pokes at our trans-Atlantic brethren. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEPHANTOMS by Lyall Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Much more evocatively than any zoologist has ever managed, Watson makes the elephant a force of nature, accessible even to the reader with no personal exposure to the mighty creature. (Line drawings)"
Naturalist Watson (Dark Nature, 1996, etc.) recounts his experiences among the elephants of southern Africa with wonderful freshness and enthusiasm, even though some of the most important encounters depicted here took place decades ago. Read full book review >

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DARK NATURE by Lyall Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A book to be read with deliberateness—sentence by sentence, as in its density it is easy to lose the train of thought—every bit yielding something fascinating to chew on. ($30,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Is evil peculiar to humans? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR IS NOT TIRED by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Warm and wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bear doesn't want to miss one moment with his duck family. Read full book review >

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BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AGE OF TREACHERY by Gavin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The culprit is forgettable; the murder method, ingenious but wildly implausible; and the parade of real-life cameos, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Fleming, increasingly tiresome. Even so, Forrester is excellent company, and fans will surely want to read his further adventures."
Screenwriter Scott's debut novel welcomes an Oxford don home from World War II with the spectacle of a colleague disliked by him and everyone else dead beneath his best friend's lodgings. Read full book review >

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SEE NO EVIL by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2009

"It's a muddle, with good parts but no center. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Coram Boy (2001) again tells several affecting tales at once—but here they're all weighed down by a baroque literary artifice and a gooey, simplistic ending. Read full book review >