Search Results: "Julia Gregson"


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JASMINE NIGHTS by Julia Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"Historical fiction as personal journeys through love and loss and war's havoc."
As war's red storm rages over England, Dominic Benson and Saba Tarcan confront love, life and death in Gregson's (East of the Sun, 2009, etc.) latest historical fiction. Read full book review >

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EGGSHELL DAYS by Rebecca Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Witty, deft, and delightful, with a light touch in the tradition of Cold Comfort Farm."
A winning debut about a group of British friends who decide to drop out of the rat race and move to the country—with predictably disastrous results. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING IS ROTTEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The tried-and-true Lambert and Hook formula—serially interrogate suspects, all of whom have a motive for murder—is livened by a peek into the detectives' private lives."
Murder halts a promising Gloucestershire community-theater production of Hamlet. Read full book review >

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WITCH’S SABBATH by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Although he's unconventional in both manner and method, Peach conducts a pedestrian investigation leading to an unsurprising conclusion."
Lancashire DCI Denis "Percy" Peach (Dusty Death, 2005, etc.) continues to sass his boss and sleep with his sergeant while solving the murder of a modern young witch. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Of modest interest to students of world politics and fans of true crime. Then again, given the Talk Miramax imprimatur, they might want to wait for the movie."
A careful, if sometimes plodding, reconstruction of the regicide/parricide/suicide that captured the world's attention for a moment or two last summer. Read full book review >

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TO KILL A WIFE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"A highly competent but bloodless performance from Gregson (Girl Gone Missing, 1998, not reviewed), notable mostly for its police hero's unusually outspoken, and unpunished, impertinence to his boss."
Verna Hume is the kind of woman who's not above stealing their joint employment agency from her trusting partner, blackmailing her father for a long-buried secret, and carrying on two adulterous affairs at once. Read full book review >

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PASTURES NEW by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gregson's well-wrought if routine procedural has enough bursts of humor to keep the pages turning."
A lonely Lancashire businessman who advertises for romance finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE ELEVENTH HOLE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Well above par."
When Detective Sergeant Bert Hook slices into the rough on the 11th fairway at Ross-on-Wye, it's bad for more than just his score. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT THE LODGE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Another amusing procedural that makes for a lovely evening's entertainment—except, as Peach might observe, for the victim and his killer."
That bulwark of incompetence, Superintendent Thomas Bulstrode Tucker, head of the Brunton CID, sniffs a promotion to Chief Superintendent in the air—and that means a promotion as well for his detested underling, DI Percy Peach, if only the two officers can pull together in presenting their tales of mutual admiration to the Lancashire brass. Read full book review >

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MALICE AFORETHOUGHT by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Bert Hook squeeze the properly British interrogations, which remain civilized even at their most menacing, in between rounds of golf in this low-key whodunit."
Malice Aforethought ($25.00; Jan.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-5454-2) Gregson (To Kill a Wife, p. 676) borrows one of the most famous titles in crime-fiction history for this tale of a John Doe found in a Broughton Ash churchyard. Read full book review >

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WILD JUSTICE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"To say that Peach's latest outing apes Gregson's last tale about DCS John Lambert and DS Bert Hook (A Good Walk Spoiled, 2008) is an insult to our fellow primates. The author should sue himself for plagiarism."
There's something awfully familiar about the investigation DCI Peach and DS Blake (Remains to be Seen, 2007, etc.) conduct into the violent death of a successful businessman. Read full book review >

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THE WAGES OF SIN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"The only fllies in the ointment are the routine detection itself—brilliant Peach has little chance to shine—and the climactic fingering of a perp who might just as easily have been one of the red herrings."
Unable to tie his shoelaces without the help of his hated subordinate, DCI Percy Peach, Chief Inspector Thomas Tucker Bulstrode (Murder at the Lodge, 2003, etc.) entices him back from the Traffic division to the CID. Read full book review >