Search Results: "Kate Charles"


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DEEP WATERS by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"The mysteries, though authentic, never overwhelm the domestic dramas that unfold in Charles's Pine Valley-on-the-Thames."
Murder and other traumas once more intrude on the lives of a London curate and her friends in Charles's uniquely small-town version of England's greatest city. Read full book review >

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A DRINK OF DEADLY WINE by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An impossibly corny ending, but a pleasant debut nonetheless."
A leisurely study of a High Church congregation that, despite its London locale, contains all the stalwarts of the vintage village-mystery—the choirmaster who panders to a wealthy older woman; the lovelorn spinster schoolteacher; the former Wing Commander; several inveterate gossips; a lovely vicar's wife; an eloquent vicar (with a secret); one blackmailer; one thief; and one murderer. Read full book review >

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THE SNARES OF DEATH by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Wildly improbable character motivation, but vintage village mystery buffs will adore the prissy parish spinsters, the long- suffering vicar's wife and the fortuitously dropped bits of gossip that fuel the sluggish plot."
For two-thirds of the book, obnoxious Evangelical minister Bob Dexter antagonizes his wife, daughter, new parishioners, animal- rights activists, and millionaire Noah Gates of the Gates of Heaven Printing Company, and then, finally, someone picks up part of an altar rail and dispatches him. Read full book review >

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EVIL INTENT by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Longtime fans of Charles's parish-oriented mysteries (Evil Angels Among Them, 1995, etc.) and the long-winded ecclesiastical mystery will have ample time to contemplate church protocol and missteps. Others might want to skip out before the sermon is over."
Turmoil in the Church of England. Read full book review >

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APPOINTED TO DIE by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"About what you'd expect if Trollope decided that what the Barsetshire novels needed to juice them up was a tincture of illicit (albeit well-bred) passion and homicide."
The news that faithful old Canon Arthur Brydges-ffrench, the stuck-in-the-mud subdeacon of Malbury Cathedral, has been passed over for the deanship in favor of pushy, politically connected Londoner Stuart Latimer sets two novels—well, one and a half—in motion. Read full book review >

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FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Callie has never been more appealing than in this sensitive exploration of love and loss."
A trip to her old college offers deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters, 2009, etc.) both challenges and opportunities.Read full book review >

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A DEAD MAN OUT OF MIND by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Devotees of traditional English village sagas will love this fourth in the series; puzzle fans may be put off by its overcontrived red herringsand overleisurely pace. (Author tour)"
Charles, a masterly chronicler of English High Church rites and their practitioners (Appointed to Die, etc.), tackles the odd goings-on at London's paired churches—St. Read full book review >

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EVIL ANGLES AMONG THEM by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"Less might have been more, but English-village fans won't complain."
The fifth in the author's Book of Psalms series (A Dead Man Out of Mind, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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SECRET SINS by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 2007

"A police procedural with a weak mystery, romantic overtones and sympathetic characters who draw you in and set you up for future revelations."
Curate Callie Anderson finds her faith tested after being dumped by her boyfriend. Read full book review >

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STRANGE CHILDREN by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"Charles, admired for her ecclesiastical mysteries (Evil Angels Among Them, 1995, etc.), tweaks the clergy for their emotional reserve, lays on the psychological suspense and neurotic compulsions, and offers a vade mecum to first-trimester pregnancy."
When Amanda and Ian ditch their mates and marry, the lovelorn Tessa and Rob solace and wed each other, and plan to live happily ever after—until Tessa decides to become pregnant. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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