Search Results: "Jane Jakeman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EGYPTIAN COFFIN by Jane Jakeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Less a mystery than a Gothic romance with an all-too-familiar wicked uncle. But Malfine is an appealing hero, and history buffs will appreciate the evocative descriptions of England and Egypt and the information on the slave trade."
A suspicious riding accident in the West Country of England leads to adventures in 1830 Egypt. Read full book review >

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IN THE CITY OF DARK WATERS by Jane Jakeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"An enthralling tale of depravity and injustice from Jakeman (The Egyptian Coffin, 2005, etc.) that will keep readers on the edge of their seats."
The palazzos of the hauntingly beautiful city of Venice hide the malignant secrets of dying families. Read full book review >

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LET THERE BE BLOOD by Jane Jakeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Jakeman (In the Kingdom of Mists, p. 17, etc.) sets the scene, introduces her appealing hero, and moves the plot along with professional efficiency, though the solution will depend on an extended and suspiciously convenient series of revelations."
A scarred nobleman returning from the war for Greek independence investigates the murders of a neighboring farmer and his son. Read full book review >

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IN THE KINGDOM OF MISTS by Jane Jakeman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2004

"Tacking between aesthetic sublimity and human depravation, Jakeman (Death in the South of France, 2001) provides a strong brew for readers willing to accept a revered artist whose past is nearly as disturbing as her killer's."
It's 1900, and as Claude Monet toils to capture the light that sifts through London's fogs, a darker artist plies his grisly trade a stone's throw away. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE by Jane Jakeman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Crisp, vividly evocative prose, interesting people, arresting plot, and unusual background: a fresh, absorbing debut."
As the fashionable Riviera city of Cannes prepares for its annual film festival, newly appointed examining magistrate Cecile Galant is struggling with a series of brutal killings by an unknown assassin named The Mutilator—and an apparently stand-alone murder, the strangling of Rosie Cashel, a young Englishwoman living in the Villa Bleue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISTERIA JANE by Amber Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A valuable lesson about tact for any age. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl who takes telling the truth too far learns to temper her tongue and make up with a friend. Read full book review >

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JANE & MIZMOW by Matthew S.  Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A whimsical, gentle reminder that even the best friendships occasionally wobble, especially if a quirky, but endearing monster's involved. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl and her rather unusual pal quarrel, but they know just how to make up, too, in this charming paean to friendship. Read full book review >

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JANE ADDAMS by Louise W. Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2010

"A sympathetic portrait of—and tribute to—a brave and committed human being."
Biography of social reformer and peace activist Jane Addams (1860-1935). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANE EYRE by Amy Corzine
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Distinctly subpar. (Graphic classic. 13 & up)"
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre may seem a fairly innocuous choice for a graphic-novel adaption, but Corzine proves otherwise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"Still, it's an important work that will introduce an important American to a new generation of readers. (afterword, bibliography, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In her day, Addams was one of the most famous women in America and was known around the world as a social activist, a pacifist, the author of 11 books and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read full book review >