Search Results: "J.M. Ledgard"


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SUBMERGENCE by J.M. Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2013

"While the nonlinear structure is initially frustrating, there are enough brutal and beautiful moments to make this book absorbing."
The second novel by British author and political journalist Ledgard (Giraffe, 2006) is a tangle of rich imagery, philosophical nuggets and factual anecdotes. And yes, there is also a plot, but one that the book abandons and rejoins at will. Read full book review >

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GIRAFFE by J.M. Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"Elegant and carefully assembled, but hobbled by a persistent solemnity."
Based on actual events, Ledgard's somber first novel tells the story of a few dozen ill-fated giraffes brought from Africa into communist Czechoslovakia in 1973. Read full book review >

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ELSINORE CANYON by J.M.
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"An imperfect YA adaptation of a classic but a striking one nonetheless."
A debut novel that offers a modern, young-adult retelling of Hamlet with a female stand-in for Shakespeare's title character. Read full book review >

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THE MARKET by J.M. Steele
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lingering wrap-up is the only lag in this otherwise fun and chatty read. (Fiction. YA)"
Kate Winthrop, a senior at Millbank High School in New Jersey, accepts her role as a smart but geeky girl with a good heart—but c'mon, a ranking of 71 out of 140 girls in the Millbank Social Stock Market game? Read full book review >

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SPEED OF LIFE by J.M. Kelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Crystal has always wanted to escape poverty, but she never thought her plan would involve vintage muscle cars and a baby. Read full book review >

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A TURBULENT PRIEST by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Churchgoers and church doubters are all given a say, but Gregson (To Kill a Wife, 1999, etc.) saves the liveliest discussions in this low-key, indolently plotted English villager for Peach, a bastion of insolence, as he twits the pompous Tucker."
A dog and its master alert the police of a priestly body brought to their attention by Brunton's near-biblical rains. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE GOTHIC by J.M. Hayes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The final secret, even zanier than anything that's gone before, makes you wonder if Oz is really so far from Kansas after all."
Now that Tommie Irons has finally succumbed to cancer, part-Cheyenne shaman Mad Dog, né Harvey Edward Maddox, has one last service to render his part-Choctaw friend: sneaking into Sunshine Towers and, with the staff's full cooperation, sneaking out with Tommie's body so that he can give it proper Native American internment high atop a tree. Read full book review >

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BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by J.M. Gregson
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Once again, Lambert and Hook tread ground already better trod by DCI Percy Peach in Gregson's alternative, slightly edgier series."
Chief Superintendent Lambert and Sgt. Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) investigate the death of a National Trust curator. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This is an unconventional novel indeed, with inscrutable characters wandering through a bleak and tenebrous world."
Nobel Prize winner Coetzee delivers a deliberately paced and enigmatic novel about a strange child and his surrogate mother and father. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH OF WATER by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"It's a modest though genuine pleasure watching Lambert and Hook civilly unmask everyone within a five-mile radius but a disappointment when the most obvious and least interesting suspect turns out to be the killer."
Oldford CID veteran Supt. John Lambert and his faithful sidekick, DS Bert Hook, ask who strangled an adult student returning to university and dumped her body in the Severn. Read full book review >