Search Results: "John Burley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ABSENCE OF MERCY by John Burley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A smart, disturbing and heartbreaking thriller."
Abandoned in the woods, the first victim is a local high school student, a 15-year-old boy. The brutality of his death contrasts with the precision of the blows, head wounds accurately driven into the weak points of the human skull. It appears this is not the murderer's first execution. Read full book review >

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THE FORGETTING PLACE by John Burley
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Dark, intricate and compelling."
Sometimes forgetting is the only defense a troubled mind can mount against the body's sins. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE DUNES MYSTERY by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 1994

"A workmanlike but drab and sometimes clumsy addition to Burley's series of procedurals in the British tradition."
Chief Superintendent Charles Wycliffe (Wycliffe and the Last Rites, 1993, etc.) investigates the 15-year-old death of Cochran Wilder, black-sheep son of a member of Parliament, whose skeletonized body has been uncovered in the sand dunes of a Cornwall beach by a violent storm. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE CYCLE OF DEATH by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Burley has done better."
Another case in Cornwall for ever more introspective Chief Superintendent Wycliffe (Wycliffe and the Tangled Web, etc.), who's now called to Penzance when Matthew Glynn is found strangled in the bookshop his family has owned for decades. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE HOUSE OF FEAR by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Burley's 26th (Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery, 1994, etc.) is stronger on suspects and atmosphere than on plot, with the ceremonious trappings of the Cornish procedural more dutiful than compelling."
Five years after a boating accident relieved Roger Kemp of his first wife Julia, his second, Bridget, is shot on her way home from an evening at Scrabble. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE DEAD FLAUTIST by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Contrived motivation, unconvincing relationships, slow-motion pace, and a Wycliffe detached and sluggish add up to tepid stuff- -well below the Burley norm (Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue, etc., etc.)."
Chief Superintendent Wycliffe at his most introspective as he confronts the murder, ineptly disguised as suicide, of Tony Miller, estate foreman of the Duloe estate, spread along the Fal river in Wycliffe's peaceful Cornish turf. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE LAST RITES by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Rather slow-paced, talky, but nicely atmospheric police procedural."
The Cornish riverside village of Moresk is home to some quietly skewed characters, among them twin sisters Kathy and Jessica Dobell—Kathy is married to prosperous contractor Abe Geach; Jessica is running the worn-out farm left by their parents and eking out her bare living with cleaning chores at the town church. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOLDILOCKS by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >