Search Results: "H. Paul Jeffers"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"Jeffers inverts Teddy's most famous saying with a book that walks loudly (lots of swaggering by the protagonist and others) and carries a small stick (nary a whack of dissent)."
A fast-paced but toothless report on the crime-busting years of America's toothiest politician: scads of atmosphere and action, no critical bite. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2007

"The extremely prolific Jeffers (An Honest President, 2000, etc.) does much of his research in other popular histories. Military buffs who have read those same books might give this one a pass, but readers unfamiliar with the Rangers will enjoy this dramatic account of their adventures."
An enthusiastic, only mildly critical account of America's original elite fighting unit. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"For cigar zealots, old and new, here's another accoutrement to place beside the humidor and the clipper. (illustrations and cigar ratings, not seen)"
Here's a guidebook for the new generation of affluent stogie enthusiasts. Read full book review >

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WHAT MOMMY SAID by H. Paul Jeffers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"The susurrus of references to the longer genre may be a plus for some mystery-lovers, although it put at least one of them into a deep sleep."
Nine-year-old Sebastian Duncan returns from a near-death experience with the startling news that his mother Jenny appeared to him and said that, no, she didn't take an accidental overdose of sedatives at a house party last year—she was murdered. Read full book review >

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A GRAND NIGHT FOR MURDER by H. Paul Jeffers
Released: July 18, 1995

"None of this carries any more weight than a round of Trivial Pursuit, of course, but readers approaching in the proper spirit of irreverence will find the proceedings lightsome and the solution appropriately tidy."
Journeyman Jeffers (Murder On Mike, 1984, etc.) returns to the mystery fold with this waggishly entertaining salute to the Mystery Writers of America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"No milestone in criminological history but, rather, light, knowledgeable, appealingly ghastly fare for true-crime buffs. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
That in 1748 novelist Henry Fielding, then a London magistrate, formed the Bow Street Runners—the precursor of Scotland Yard—is just one of the enjoyable curiosities that Jeffers (Who Killed Precious?, 1991, etc.) presents in this lively account of England's famed police force. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A readable history of a man who tried to do his best, handicapped by the subject's limits and the author's ulterior motives."
In an effort to bring to Grover Cleveland the public acclaim he has not had since the 19th century, popular historian and crime novelist Jeffers (Who Killed Precious?, 1991, etc.) tells the story of this honest, decent, and somewhat boring Chief Executive. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1996

"Jeffers is convincing in asserting that T.R. was highly instrumental both in bringing attention to the problem of foreign powers operating near our shores and along our Pacific frontier, and in strengthening American resolve and national defenses. (14 photos, not seen)"
A lively account of an important period in Theodore Roosevelt's career, when he first entered the national stage as a statesman, helped transform the US into a world power, and distinguished himself as a hero of the Spanish-American war. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"The original radio scripts might have stood better on their own."
A Baker Street dozen of Sherlockian short stories with an unusual pedigree. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Mildly entertaining, but not likely to add Chapman to the ambiguous pantheon of American crime. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Prolific true-crime and mystery writer Jeffers (A Grand Night for Murder, 1995, etc.) details a neglected chapter in American criminal history—but a chapter may be all the story merits. Read full book review >

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A READER'S GUIDE TO MURDER by H. Paul Jeffers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1996

"The resulting puzzle, which cheats by ending with still another literary borrowing, may be paradise for Christiephiles, but the lamentable lack of real ingenuity (not to mention the unthinkable virtues of realism and emotional engagement) should warn off the less devoted."
Calling all Agatha Christie fans: Somebody with an impish sense of humor and an encyclopedic knowledge of Christie's corpus is bent on creating ten murders more or less (mostly less) in the image of her stories and novels, and tweaking Chief of Detectives Harvey Goldstein, NYPD (A Grand Night for Murder, 1995), with his knowledge. Read full book review >