Search Results: "Jeff Massey"


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2014

"An interesting take on the Pythons, but it might have trouble finding an audience, as it doesn't offer anything truly new to hard-core Pythonites, and newbies may gravitate toward one of the many quality Python bios."
And now for something completely different about something completely different. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Though the volume contains a certain amount of filler, Massey's unlikely insights into how women are shaped by the celebrities we idolize or despise are likely to prompt thought and discussion."
Odd but beguiling short essays about female celebrities toward whom the author has decidedly mixed feelings. Read full book review >

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TORN by David Massey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Readers who pick it up for the war details will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young medic finds both tragedy and romance while on her first tour of duty in the war in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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SHIMURA TROUBLE by Sujata Massey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"Rei's tenth adventure (Girl in a Box, 2006, etc.) meanders a bit, but the upbeat narrative and resourceful heroine make for an appealing read."
Even on vacation, hyper-curious Rei Shimura can't resist probing a dangerous old mystery. Read full book review >

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THE SAMURAI’S DAUGHTER by Sujata Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2003

"Regrettably, the most interesting of them, the geopolitical ramifications of war reparations, gets short-changed in the end."
Catastrophe magnet Rei Shimura (The Bride's Kimono, 2001, etc.) once again attracts trouble, this time while working on something as seemingly innocent as documenting her family's history. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDE’S KIMONO by Sujata Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Step-by-step instruction on how to don a kimono and its attendant paraphernalia, chatty digressions on shoguns and samurai, but mostly the problems inherent in cross-cultural romance, without the snap, crackle, and trendiness of The Floating Girl (2000) and its three forebears."
With priceless Edo-period kimonos on loan from the Morioka Museum strapped into the plane seat next to her, American-born, Tokyo-based antiques-buyer Rei Shimura is on her way to the Museum of Asian Arts, in Washington, D.C., to fill in as the exhibit's guest lecturer—and safely courier the kimonos. Read full book review >

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THE TYPHOON LOVER by Sujata Massey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Where has Massey's humor gone? Rei's turned glum, maybe because she sees that if she really is about to embark on a spying career, her series has run out of steam."
The federal government recruits an Asian art expert to find a missing Mesopotamian vessel. Read full book review >

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TAKEN by David Massey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Despite this book's currency, Allan Stratton's Chanda's War (2008) remains a far better fictional treatment of the tragedy of child soldiers. (Adventure. 14-16)"
What's meant to be a symbolic round-the-world sail goes horribly off course when the yacht and its teenage crew, four disabled British veterans of the Middle East conflict and two able-bodied assistants, is boarded off Tanzania by members of the Lord's Resistance Army. Read full book review >

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THE LAST FOUR DAYS OF PADDY BUCKLEY by Jeremy Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Highly readable and entertaining, though far-fetched in key moments, the novel benefits especially from Massey's mostly restrained, deadpan Irish sense of humor."
A man working for a Dublin funeral home runs afoul of one of Ireland's top gangsters in this dark, comic, and sometimes-romantic debut. Read full book review >

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THE FLOATING GIRL by Sujata Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2000

"If the plot is not quite as attractively laid out as those platters of sushi, a few hours of the company of Rei-san are well worth your time."
To boost circulation, the Gaijin Times, on orders from its owner Mr. Sanno, is about to convert to Japan's best-selling format—manga, or comic-book style. Read full book review >

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THE PEARL DIVER by Sujata Massey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The ending is improbable and sappy, but Massey's pungent take on mixed marriages and East-West culture clashes is first-rate."
Something's fishy in Washington's newest Japanese restaurant. Read full book review >

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THE FLOWER MASTER by Sujata Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1999

"Massey not only fleshes out each of these subplots but weaves them together to illuminate conflicts of old and new in Japanese manners, morals, family, and love. (Author tour)"
Agatha-winner Massey's hardcover debut takes her antiques-buyer sleuth Rei Shimura to Tokyo's Kayama School of ikebana, where her aunt Norie hopes she'll learn the ancient art of flower arrangement. Read full book review >