Search Results: "Julia Gregson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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CLOSE CALL by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"As usual, Gregson's coppers squeeze and squeeze the suspects until they've gotten every last one of their not-very-interesting secrets. Not Lambert and Hook's finest hour."
Seven neighbors celebrate the opening of their new homes on Gloucestershire's quiet Gurney Close by throwing a block party. Next morning, one of them is dead. Read full book review >

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REST ASSURED by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Solid police procedure once again saves the day, as death doesn't take a holiday."
A foray into a holiday community turns out anything but restful for Chief Superintendent Lambert and DS Hook (Cry of the Children, 2014, etc.) of Oldford CID. Read full book review >

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LEAST OF EVILS by J.M. Gregson
Released: July 1, 2012

"Peach is a formidable opponent whose insight and persistence earn him top honors among British procedurals."
A foiled robbery pits DCI Percy Peach (Merely Players, 2011, etc.) against a wolf in philanthropist's clothing. Read full book review >

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FINAL ACT by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An appealing cast of characters both on set and off makes Gregson's latest outing a pleasure for procedural buffs."
Lambert and Hook (A Necessary End, 2015, etc.) are stymied by an array of suspects who all make their living by deception. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL MAKERS by Jessica Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Gregson is a fluent, empathetic tale-spinner, but Sari has no depth and her formless story registers little impact."
One woman disposes of her problem fiancé, and soon all the other women in her remote Hungarian village want to do something similar. 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 >