Search Results: "Gillian Roberts"


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JULIA GILLIAN by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A fresh, winsome heroine learns a lesson about facing her fears in this first of an anticipated series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Julia Gillian goes out of her way to avoid unhappy endings. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >

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THE MUMMERS' CURSE by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The suspects in Jimmy Pat's murder, well-drawn though they are, straggle as aimlessly as well-liquored Mummers on the way back to South Philly. (Author tour)"
The arctic cold isn't the only threat to the storied Mummers who parade through Philadelphia on New Year's Day; produce driver James Patricciano collapses inside his feathered costume, two bullets in his chest, as his Fancy Club marches down Broad Street. Read full book review >

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WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Roberts, author of the feather-light Amanda Pepper series, is on to something more substantial with Howe and August."
It isn't that Emma Howe truly regrets her decision to add Billie August to the staff of Howe Investigations (Time and Trouble, 1998); it's just that every now and then Billie makes her nervous. Read full book review >

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WHERE'S THE HARM? by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Just a bit tarter than Pepper."
A dozen stories (1989—99) that show a slightly darker tinge than Roberts's novels (The Bluest Blood, 1998, etc.) about Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper (Roberts obligingly includes two Pepper stories, one of them a short-short whose heroine is technically anonymous, for purposes of comparison). Read full book review >

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THE BLUEST BLOOD by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's a strong heart that, together with Roberts's unusually firm mystery-mongering and pointed use of clues, makes Amanda's eighth case (The Mummers' Curse, 1996, etc.) her finest hour yet."
If Neddy and Tea Roederer lived in Boston, they wouldn't have to speak to anyone but the Cabots and the Lowells. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND PRESENT DANGER by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"More substance to the mystery, more crackle to the dialogue: a notch up for the series."
After a two-book sabbatical devoted to launching her fledgling Howe-August series, an obviously revitalized Roberts returns with a brisker, brighter 10th Amanda Pepper (Helen Hath No Fury, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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HELEN HATH NO FURY by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2000

"Some funny lines, even some wise ones, but the pace is slow and the territory overfamiliar."
Even though Edna Pontellier is fictitious—the embattled heroine of Kate Chopin's The Awakening—it's clear Helen Coulter takes her self-drowning personally. Read full book review >

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TIME AND TROUBLE by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"The Howe-August series could be one to watch."
Glance at Emma Howe, and what you see is a no-nonsense 50-year-old built to mow down walls. Read full book review >

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I'D RATHER BE IN PHILADELPHIA by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Overall, then: a lighthearted but sometimes heavy- footed entertainment."
A third adventure for warmhearted Philadelphia high-school teacher Amanda Pepper (Caught Dead in Philadelphia, Philly Stakes) starts innocently when Amanda—rummaging through used books brought to school for a charity sale—finds one with margin notes that seem to be a cry for help from a battered wife. Read full book review >

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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"A not-so-hot Pepper: Roberts closes the books on a sturdy, occasionally first-rate series with a by-the-numbers effort that shows only fitful flashes of her wit."
The long-running Amanda Pepper series (Till the End of Tom, 2004, etc.) winds up with something between a bang and a whimper. Read full book review >

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IN THE DEAD OF SUMMER by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Go back a grade, though, if you don't identify the rotten apple long before she does."
Ah, summer term at Philly Prep. Read full book review >