Search Results: "H.M. Blanc"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"A masterfully written exploration of the beauty and cruelty of love, as sharp as it is sensual."
A disillusioned writer travels to the tropics in search of inspiration in Blanc's emotionally astute debut novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A mesmerizing, maddening story and a model of journalistic investigation."
Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King in a piercing study of one of psychiatric medicine's darker hours. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PASSAGES OF H.M. by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An appealing portrait of a questing, turbulent spirit."
Following novels based on Tolstoy (The Last Station, 1990) and Walter Benjamin (Benjamin's Crossing, 1997), Parini offers his seventh: a piquant exploration of the life of Herman Melville as sailor, writer and family man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CROSSWORD TO DIE FOR by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2002

"The center of this puzzle remains a blank."
That difficult father, Dr. Theodore Graham, stands up his newlywed daughter, crossword-puzzle constructor Belle Graham (The Crossword Connection, 2001), by dying en route to a rare visit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CROSSWORDER’S HOLIDAY by Nero Blanc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The target audience for this volume are readers who can accept its highly artificial premise—mysteries solved exclusively by working out crossword puzzles—times five."
Crossword constructor Belle Graham and her private investigator husband Rosco Polycrates (A Crossword to Die For, 2002, etc.) travel to five cozy locations to enjoy a winter holiday—in this set of short stories that, in the silly tradition of Busman's Honeymoon, feature mysteries that intrude on the couple's vacations. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER WORD FOR MURDER by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2005

"Catnip for crossword fans who'll enjoy the six included puzzles—and for anyone else who can overlook the convoluted, improbable mystery."
Since their dogs are already such good friends, it's no surprise that Karen Tacete and her daughter Lily turn to crossword constructor Belle Graham and her p.i. husband Rosco Polycrates for help when her husband vanishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOME BOY by H.M. Naqvi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A breezy, thoughtful and witty novel about the immigrant experience."
In this case the homies are Pakastani-Americans and Pakistanis who want to be American—at least until 9/11 upsets the cultural balance. Read full book review >

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A CROSSWORDER’S DELIGHT by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"A mighty thin tale wrapped around some dessert treats and crossword puzzles that will provide the main sustenance for fans of the series (Another Word for Murder, July 2005, etc.)."
Crossword-puzzle constructor Belle Graham and her husband, private eye Rosco Polycrates, wrestle with two puzzles originating at a historic Newcastle inn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROSSWORD CONNECTION by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"But the biggest obstacle to readers' sharing in Belle's happiness isn't magenta cabinets; it's the numerous clichés that fill in the blanks."
There's trouble in the realm of Belle Graham, the Queen of Cryptics (The Crossword Murder, 1999), who's having trouble with both her crossword construction and her prenuptial arrangements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REDHEAD by H.M. Howington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"An intriguing title, but a fitful tale of blackmail and murder."
This debut detective novel's eponymous figure embroils a Los Angeles private investigator in a convoluted case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINDS OF MARS by H.M. Hoover
Released: June 1, 1995

"Readers learn how interstellar trade, corporate interests, and greed shaped a frightening and at times too-familiar society, more concerned with maximizing its profits than caring for its own citizens. (Fiction. 11+)"
Hoover (Only Child, 1992, etc.) makes Mars the futuristic setting for a compelling coming-of-age story. Read full book review >