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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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 >

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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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Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"So, as science fiction, this gets a fiction 8, science 5."
Abby, already at 12 a cheerful hostess at the fashionable inn her great-uncle runs on Earth, takes an instant dislike to Brian, the snobbish, arrogant son of wealthy off-Earth settlers. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Beautifully written, fully realized, fast-paced—this blurs the line between fantasy and history and has winner written all over it. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An original, remarkable and very true debut. Read full book review >

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THE LION'S CUB by H.M. Hoover
Released: Oct. 21, 1974

"The fate of the real Jemal-Edin, who returned to his own people only to be rejected as an outcast and enemy and killed by his own father, is told in an afterword, but though the settings are rich and evocative, Hoover has captured only the shadow of this tragic prince."
Jemal-Edin, the first son of the ruler of Daghestan and almost a man by the standard of his people's harsh, Muslim-Caucasian culture, is given as a hostage to Czar Nicholas I, where he becomes a child prince of the Russian aristocracy. Read full book review >

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VIII by H.M. Castor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Readers will be caught up by the sweeping tale, which is more successful than many similar attempts at bringing a fascinating historical character and period to life. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
British historian Castor chooses a well-rehearsed period of history to re-examine what made the Tudor monarch tick from a new perspective. Read full book review >

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ORVIS by H.M. Hoover
Released: Aug. 1, 1987

"A friendly and cheerful story, with Orris particularly well-drawn; a little predictable, but the threats and rescues are believable, and the theme of tension between spacers and earth people isn't overworked."
Two spacer kids stranded on earth befriend an ancient robot, and together they find sanctuary. 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 >

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ONLY CHILD by H.M. Hoover
Released: March 1, 1992

"Not one of Hoover's better efforts. (Fiction. 9+)"
Cody, born on the research ship Annie Cannon, is 12 before he leaves the ship. Read full book review >

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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 >