Search Results: "Jon L. Ellenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"But readers who find Holmes here repeatedly more impressive at tossing off casual inferences than at solving cases should consult Conan Doyle, in whose hands he often behaves much the same."
If the prospect of 14 pastiches all featuring Christmas and Sherlock Holmes makes you queasy, take heart: Everyone involved produces professional, if not exactly inspired, work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PROBABLE CLAUS by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"Breen (Eye of God, 2006, etc.) delivers a whodunit so easygoing and guileless that when its romantic leads first meet, Eve can tell David, 'You sound like a series character.'"
Looks like Dasher and Dancer are out of luck this year. Santa Claus is in the slammer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Jon Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Choosing to cover every aspect of Jefferson's life without exploring any particular part in depth makes this an engaging, informative introduction but does not make it stand out among many others that do the same. (extensive backmatter, not seen for review) (Biography. 10-16)"
In this adaptation for young readers of his Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012), Meacham overviews Jefferson's life, times and ideas.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROOKIE BOOKIE by L. Jon Wertheim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The sports fan's alternative to The Lemonade War. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Best-selling authors Wertheim and Moskowitz (Scorecasting, 2011) team up again on their first novel for children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEUTHS OF THE CENTURY by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Sam Spade is practically the only headliner absent from this centennial feast of the familiar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"If sports bring out the kooky, spooky, and creepy in us, Wertheim and Sommers give us a chance to understand ourselves and perhaps get a grip before we totally lose it."
A strong case for the lunacy of sports as rooted in basic human neuroscience and cognitive tendency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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BOOK REVIEW

EYE OF GOD by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Breen (stories: The Drowning Icecube, 1999, etc.) lets his great premise—a couple of private eyes divided by religion—peter out with forgettable characters and generic revelations."
A pair of Orange County investigators tackles the case of a faith healer's leaky tent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Long on the human-interest angle, trivial as a piece of tennis writing."
The actual playing of tennis becomes a sideshow in this gossipy profile of the women's pro tour, from Sports Illustrated writer Wertheim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DROWNING ICECUBE by Jon L. Breen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"The volume as a whole, though, will probably please fans alone."
Though he's published 6 novels and over 80 short stories, Breen is best known as an Edgar-winning reviewer—a reputation this uneven retrospective of 17 tales is unlikely to change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT AIR by Jon L. Breen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A contrived and unconvincing plot, but lively characters, crisp dialogue and great race track background and atmosphere keep this one amiably entertaining."
There's much ado at Surfside Meadows racetrack in California over the upcoming retirement of jockey Brad Roark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"An enjoyable vicarious descent into the world of pool hustling."
Jersey boy's hardscrabble rise from local pool-hall hustler to tournament pro, in slavish detail. Read full book review >