Search Results: "Katharine McMahon"


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THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"An intelligent and sensuous romance."
In her U.S. debut, veteran British novelist McMahon animates a historical setting with confidence and a 21st-century sensibility. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON ROOMS by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A fine, compassionate, elegiac combination of human and courtroom drama—the author's best yet."
Another inventive, nuanced historical novel from McMahon (The Rose of Sebastopol, 2009, etc.), again focused on a progressive female protagonist constrained by the expectations of her era. Read full book review >

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THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL by Katharine McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2009

"Marked by its passion and social commentary, this is a pleasingly unformulaic read, although its twin time frames and ending may not satisfy all readers."
An unusual and vivid historical novel tracks a feverish love triangle/mystery across the battlefields of the Crimean War. Read full book review >

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L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The plot reads as if dashed off to meet a deadline, but the book is somewhat redeemed by decent writing."
Seasoned mystery writer McMahon (Dead Silver, 2008, etc.) steps into a new genre with his first thriller. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A brisk, well-constructed swirl of murky plots and dark psychology, if rather heavy on the lesbian angle: a debut that, despite impressive ingredients, lacks warmth."
By the 22nd century, after climatic change and rising sea levels, the city of Vancouver is divided between prosperous but regressive and cliquish Guild territory and the island of Downtown, whose slums are inhabited by the Guildless, refugees from America, gangs, criminals, and the destitute. Read full book review >

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IRA FOXGLOVE by Thomas McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2004

"Reminiscent of the best of Walker Percy: a deeply funny, strange, moving account of middle-aged angst overcome by genius, sympathy, and profound naiveté."
A deceptively lighthearted fourth novel by the late cult favorite McMahon (1943-99; Loving Little Egypt, 1986, etc.) depicts a forlorn husband's tragicomic quest to reclaim his AWOL wife. Read full book review >

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DEAD SILVER by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Hugh and Madbird, a western variation on the Spenser-Hawk pairing, trudge through some great scenery and a glaringly inadequate plot. Who knew Montana was home to so many red herrings?"
Reopening the murder case of a wicked stepmother. Read full book review >

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IF THEY ASK ME, I COULD WRITE A BOOK by Judi McMahon
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"A sometimes intriguing but overwritten slice of American life."
An exhaustive fictionalized account of the author's life and American culture in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Although she writes flawless prose, McMahon's characters' improbable choices derail her story."
A peaceful Vermont village turns creepy in this tale of the dead returning to life. Read full book review >

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ONE BELFAST BOY by Patricia McMahon
Released: March 1, 1999

"This book provides a realistic glimpse of a place where peace has taken a fragile hold, and offers a reminder that the dreams of children can flourish amid misery. (map) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's hard for most US readers to imagine what it is like to grow up amid ongoing violence, but that is what Liam's life has been in Belfast. Read full book review >