Search Results: "John Spencer Hill"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST CASTRATO by John Spencer Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1995

"Prose ceremonious and inert, as you might have feared from literary scholar Hill's first foray into crime fiction."
Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but why has Francesco Pistocchi waited so long before going after the five Florentines who tried unsuccessfully to launch his career as a countertenor 35 years ago? Read full book review >

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GHIRLANDAIO'S DAUGHTER by John Spencer Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1997

"Arbati, who's clearly intended as an Italian Adam Dalgliesh, isn't half the detective his model is; but Hill adds a few bright notes of his own to this updated village whodunit."
How do you keep up the suspense after you open your novel with the tableau of aging painter/restorer Nigel Harmsworth standing over the corpse of the blackmailer he's just killed? 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

TOOTH AND NAIL by John B. Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Pity."
For his third US publication, Spencer (Perhaps She'll Die!, 1997, etc.) has assembled a dream cast of sociopaths and misfits. Read full book review >

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QUAKE CITY by John B. Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 1997

"Just sit back and enjoy (if that's your fancy) the catastrophic landscape in this third (but first to appear here) case for Charley Case."
Welcome to the world beyond the Big One of '97, the earthquake that turned California into an island covered by uninhabitable rubble and post-apocalyptic theme parks. Read full book review >

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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KING OF KINGS by Susan Hill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An inviting book for a holiday evening. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+)"
The author of The Glass Angels (1992) offers a briefer Christmas story: an appealing vignette set near the docks of contemporary London, where a few residents cling to old homes among warehouses and building sites. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION by Susan Hill
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Long on misty-eyed description, short on plot and character development, Hill's (King of Kings, 1993, etc.) treacly tales are illustrated with unappealing dark woodcuts, many of them too small. (Fiction. 5+)"
This single-author holiday anthology fairly drips with sugary nostalgia for a storybook version of an English Christmas. Read full book review >

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WILD AND WONDERFUL
by Julie Danielson

At the end of John Cage and Lois Long’s Mud Book, we see a birthday cake made out of mud with dried dandelions for candles. To boot, we’ve been instructed prior to that precisely how to make a mud cake. “Make a wish,” this last page states with unequivocal glee.

I love this. Could there be a better antidote ...


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