Search Results: "K.C. Constantine"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2010

"Not necessarily for general readers, but the author provides valuable insight into Constantine's era."
Scholar Stephenson (History/Univ. of Durham; Byzantium's Balkan Frontier: A Political Study of the Northern Balkans, 900-1204, 2000, etc.) offers a stately though academic biography of the first Roman emperor who converted to Christianity, with a heavy emphasis on the archaeological record. Read full book review >

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GOOD SONS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 1996

"With crimes and cops and chitchat like these, you may hardly miss Balzic."
Everybody's who's been worried ever since Police Chief Mario Balzic retired from the Rocksburg, Pa., force (Cranks and Shadows, 1995)—and nobody's been more worried than Det. Sgt. Read full book review >

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BRUSHBACK by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1998

Bobby Blasco was a star athlete in high school and went on to still greater success in pro baseball—even had a brief but remarkable stint in the majors—but he never had so many fans as now, when he's been found in an alley with his head bashed in by a Ted Williamsmodel Louisville Slugger. Read full book review >

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SAVING ROOM FOR DESSERT by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2002

"It's the human comedy done to a turn: mystery lite, to be sure, but the nuances are true, the satire deft, and the pitch-perfect dialogue alone worth the price."
Missing from the 17th installment in Constantine's wondrous saga (Grievance, 2000, etc.) of Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, is the kind of singular hero like the Homeric Mario Balzic or the endearing Rugs Carlucci that hauls readers in and keeps them there wire to wire. Read full book review >

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CRANKS AND SHADOWS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"No mystery, but a memorable curtain call for its lovable hero: Balzic's Last Bow, spun out of a seamless skein of irresistible conversations."
Time was when series detectives just faded away, usually because their creators had died. Read full book review >

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BOTTOM LINER BLUES by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Dialogue par excellence, and saloon philosophers aplenty, but a failure as a mystery: Do the crimes perpetrated on writers by public libraries build a plot or merely a soapbox?"
A tenth appearance for Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, police chief Mario Balzic (Sunshine Enemies, 1990, etc.)—who, here, has three problems on his hands: a woman has gotten it into her head that her husband wants to beat up his girlfriend's new boyfriend; Mario's lonely wife, Ruthie, says she'd like to dissolve their marriage contract and start all over—with Mario talking to her instead of yelling; and Myushkin, a broke Russian-American writer, is brandishing a gun and forcing Mario to listen to his diatribe against libraries that rip him off ``in direct violation of the Fifth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments''—a diatribe against library inequities that goes on for the better part of a hundred pages. Read full book review >

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GRIEVANCE by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 2000

"Fans will take it to their hearts, and newcomers to the series will end as fans."

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD MUD by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 1999

"This is Constantine at the top of his world-class game (Brushback, 1998, etc.), with dialogue to cherish as his hero contends with two intricate cases—the mystery behind a robbery-murder and the even more complex mystery of Mario Balzic."
Mario Balzic, chief emeritus of the Rocksburg (Pa.) Read full book review >

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FAMILY VALUES by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 1997

"All too true for him, though not for his lucky readers."
Great news for Mario Balzic's many fans: The retired police chief of Rocksburg, Pa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONSTANTINE THE EMPEROR by David  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A good fit for academics and students of Roman history. General readers will need to work to keep the players and locations straight and patiently wait for the main attraction."
Scholarly biography of the legendary Roman emperor "best known as the [man] who converted to Christianity and in so doing made it possible for Christianity to become a world religion." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"A highly readable and superbly researched biography of a man whose achievements transformed the decaying Roman Empire and had a lasting impact on Europe. (History Book Club main selection)"
An eminent classical historian (Founders of the Western World, 1991, etc.) skillfully records the turbulent life of the first Christian Roman emperor and founder of Constantinople, Constantine the Great (c. 272337). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Holding Court by K.C. Held
Released: March 1, 2016

"A frothy tale that mixes a whodunit and a teen romance with knights and prophecies."
A reluctant psychic stumbles across a murder most foul in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >