Search Results: "Julien Neel"


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DOWN IN THE DUMPS by Julien Neel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A frothy, sugary early-adolescent offering. (Graphic fiction. 9-14)"
Spunky Lou is back with more drama, heartache and self-discovery. Read full book review >

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SECRET DIARY by Julien Neel
by Julien Neel, illustrated by Julien Neel, translated by Carol Klio Burrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"This lighthearted charmer will leave readers enchantées. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
A beguiling import introduces the irresistibly plucky 12-year-old Lou, a French cousin to Jimmy Gownley's Amelia McBride. Read full book review >

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A TIMELY DEATH by Janet Neel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 1997

"Francesca's fifth case (Death Among the Dons, 1993, etc.) comes to life only when Antony Price's violent nature is front and center, or when you're wondering which of the heroes will be the first to dishonor their marital vows."
What started as a bit of naughty fun for time-share salesman William Price—a spot of transvestite auto-asphyxia—turned lethal when somebody kicked the table he was standing on out from under him. Read full book review >

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A STATE OF FREEDOM by Neel Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A calm, compelling, unshrinking portrait of humanity in transition; both disturbing and dazzling."
Five diverse lives in India are traced and linked, exposing the aching gulfs in experience and opportunity that exist in a complex nation. Read full book review >

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DEATH AMONG THE DONS by Janet Neel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 16, 1994

"Neel handles both her troubled principals and their academic background with a mastery worthy of P.D. James's warm heart and cold eye."
Francesca Wilson, now married to Superintendent John McLeish (Death of a Partner, etc.), is released from thralldom to her demanding baby son by a summons from her friend Dame Sarah Murchieson, the new Warden of Gladstone College, to take over the Bursar's job at Gladstone. Read full book review >

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A LIFE APART by Neel Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2016

"Consistently confounding expectations, Mukherjee's story of the gathering descent of a solitary soul is both poignant and unsentimental, the work of a notably sophisticated writer."
Historical and contemporary, lit with flashes of magic and violence, this intriguing novel offers multifaceted portraits of India and England as seen from the perspective of a clever, burdened misfit. Read full book review >

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MÄKO by Julien Béziat
by Julien Béziat, illustrated by Julien Béziat, translated by Evan Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2013

"Art as the ultimate sustainer of life—food for thought, albeit puzzling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A walrus' artistic prowess brings more than just visual rewards to his hungry neighbors. Read full book review >

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O GENTLE DEATH by Janet Neel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Interesting people, a challenging puzzle, and a close look at an unusual academic scene: another of Neel's smartly written, sophisticated tales, with McLeish and Francesca their usual likable selves."
Detective Chief Superintendent John McLeish and his capable new Detective Inspector Kevin Camberton are faced with a difficult case involving members of the staff and students at the arts-oriented Faraday Foundation School. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF OTHERS by Neel Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"This is an immensely accomplished, steady-handed achievement, Victorian in its solidity, quietly enthralling in its insightful observation of the ties that bind."
The evolution of an upper-class Bengali family in the late 1960s reflects India's political turbulence in this confidently expansive second novel from Mukherjee (A Life Apart, 2010), which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.Read full book review >

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TICKET TO RIDE by Janet Neel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"A fast-paced, ripped-from-the-headlines plot, but the cutesy preoccupation Neel (O Gentle Death, 2001, etc.) lavishes on class, and her maternal indulgence of the heroine, may undermine the appeal for all but like-minded, full-blooded English nationals."
A primer on why even attorneys should avoid illegal immigrants. Read full book review >

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FLOWER OF HEAVEN by Julien P. Ayotte
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"An intriguing if superficial thriller that spans the globe, from fictional Khatamori to Boston to picturesque midcentury Paris."
In Ayotte's debut novel, an American priest is the linchpin that links an affair in the City of Light to a murderous succession plot for the throne of an oil-rich Arab nation. Read full book review >