Search Results: "Kathleen McCleary"


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LEAVING HAVEN by Kathleen McCleary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"McCleary's richly drawn characters face intriguing challenges, yet the tale lacks momentum."
Georgia and Alice have seen each other through the tribulations of marriage and motherhood, becoming the best of friends, but can their relationship survive the deepest betrayal? Read full book review >

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THE ILLUSION OF MURDER by Carol McCleary
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"A jaunty roman à clef studded with footnotes and vintage photographs and drawings. Bly's second caper (The Alchemy of Murder, 2010) breezily avoids a sophomore slump."
Famously feisty feminist faces Phileas Fogg's feat...but murder threatens to take the wind out of her sails. Read full book review >

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THE FORMULA FOR MURDER by Carol McCleary
Released: July 17, 2012

"Period photos and apt quotations from the roman à clef sidekicks add additional spice to Nellie's third delightful romp (The Illusion of Murder, 2011, etc.)."
With the help of Oscar Wilde, a romantic H.G. Wells and others, intrepid reporter Nellie Bly probes the suspicious suicide of a beloved protégée. Read full book review >

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A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS by Kathleen Baldwin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 19, 2015

"Baldwin's tale lacks the fizzy pop of Sarah Zettel's Palace of Spies series, but romance readers who prize both brains and valor in a heroine will be pleased to make Georgie's acquaintance. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12-18)"
A romantic adventure set amid the chaos of the Napoleonic era. Read full book review >

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THORNHILL  by Kathleen Peacock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A semi-climactic confrontation leaves characters poised for Book 3; only series devotees will be as well. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
The plot wallows as Mackenzie struggles to reunite with her werewolf boyfriend, Kyle, in this sequel to Hemlock (2012). Read full book review >

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THE AVIARY by Kathleen O'Dell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An absorbing mix of talking birds, ghostly messages, kidnapped children, magic spells and tragic family secrets. (Historical fantasy. 9-12)"
In the early years of the 20th century, a 40-year-old mystery in a dead magician's crumbling mansion magically changes Clara Dooley's life forever. Read full book review >

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IN THE KAISER'S CLUTCH by Kathleen Karr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"The plot is stuffed with cornball jokes, wooden dialogue, and clichÇd happy family scenes; the German characters are reduced to thick-accented, shifty-eyed, bravado-spouting villains, and the novel ultimately becomes as jingoistic as the fictional serial at its core. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Karr (The Cave, 1994, etc.) chooses the silent film studios during WW I as a backdrop for twin adolescent film stars Fitzhugh and Nelly Dalton's discovery of a ring of German sympathizers. Read full book review >