Search Results: "Ian Sansom"


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THE IMPARTIAL RECORDER by Ian Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A clever, affectionate poke in the ribs: just sentimental enough to be nostalgic, just sharp enough to avoid sentimentality."
Critic and first-novelist Sansom (The Truth About Babies, not reviewed) takes a wry look at an Irish village and discovers an exceptionally lively world. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK STOPS HERE by Ian Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The mystery's barely there, but the company in this slapstick satire is so appealing that you'll never miss it, especially when Ted makes up more words than Mrs. Malaprop and Israel keeps bumping into reasons why London isn't home anymore."
A vegetarian Jewish bookmobile driver transplanted from London gets homesick. Read full book review >

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THE BAD BOOK AFFAIR by Ian Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Whither the mystery? one might ask. But that would be churlish in light of all the rollicking wit from satirist Sansom (The Book Stops Here, 2008, etc.)."
Ireland's only English Jewish vegetarian mobile librarian suffers through a bout of melancholia. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS by Ian Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"A buoyant series kickoff. Veteran Sansom (The Impartial Recorder. 2004, etc.) writes with refreshing deftness and sharp wit."
A hapless librarian scours the picturesque Irish countryside for missing tomes. Read full book review >

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PAPER by Ian Sansom
Released: May 14, 2013

"An enjoyable argument that speaks to the paper lover in all of us."
With a playfulness that begins with the title, this "elegy" to paper is instead a celebration of its essential, ubiquitous role in society, culture and life itself. Read full book review >

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REVELATION  by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

"Shardlake's fourth adventure is packed with fascinating historical detail and contemporary lessons. The mystery is cleverly woven, and slowly building tension will keep readers involved until the denouement."
When a lawyer's friend is murdered in Henry VIII's England, he vows to solve the crime. Read full book review >

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DISSOLUTION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2003

"Spooky atmosphere and a wealth of fascinating historical tidbits suffer from rather grinding detective work."
A brilliant lawyer investigates murder in a monastery that's under attack by Henry VIII's greedy forces of secularism. Read full book review >

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SOVEREIGN by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Highly intelligent entertainment."
Renaissance barrister Matthew Shardlake joins Henry VIII's mammoth progress to the rebellious North on a mission from the wily Cardinal Cranmer. Read full book review >

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WINTER IN MADRID by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 28, 2008

"Wise and melancholy and, eventually, very tense."
The uneasy relationship of three British schoolmates haunts their adult lives during the first years of Francisco Franco's dark Spanish dictatorship in a novel from the author of the excellent Matthew Shardlake Tudor detective stories (Sovereign, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >

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DARK FIRE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 2005

"Rich period detail and solid history underpin the totally imaginary Greek Fire business."
Tudor barrister Matthew Shardlake (Dissolution, 2003) plumbs the mysteries of Byzantine flame-throwing as he fights for the life of an accused murderess. Read full book review >

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HEARTSTONE by C.J. Sansom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 24, 2011

"The characters are sympathetic and the quirks of the historic courts interesting enough, but the plot is so tangled in the tedium of troop movements and provisions that it drags on longer than Catherine and Henry's marriage. Best for historical sticklers, military fans and encyclopedists."
Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback serjeant of the Tudor courts, undertakes his fifth series of cases (Revelation, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >