Search Results: "Kirk Mitchell"


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ANCIENT ONES by Kirk Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"The villain's identity will be obvious to some, but Mitchell's busy mix of gruesome horror, romantic pratfalls, and eerie mysticism keeps the suspense uniformly high."
The goriest and funniest outing yet in a superior police procedural series involving Bureau of Indian Affairs investigator Emmet Parker and FBI Agent Anna Turpinseed (Spirit Sickness, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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SHADOW ON THE VALLEY by Kirk Mitchell
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"Neither the heat of battles well reconstructed nor the many details of a pivotal Civil War campaign can long disguise the implausibility and confusion of this thriller run amok."
Roaming far from the California settings of his earlier novels (With Siberia Comes a Chill, 1991; Black Dragon, 1988), Mitchell reappears with a richly historical, if far-fetched and overwrought, tale of a mad killer loose among the Union Army laying waste to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in the last year of the Civil War. Read full book review >

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WITH SIBERIA COMES A CHILL by Kirk Mitchell
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

Intra-Kremlin rivalries bring murder and the threat of diplomatic disaster to San Francisco, host city to the fledgling United Nations in the last days of WW II. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT SICKNESS by Kirk Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2000

"Marshall's a pretty good writer, and if he can take it down a decibel or two—in Hillerman country it's called restraint—good things might develop for this series."
A suspense novel that jogs along after Tony Hillerman—and stumbles. Read full book review >

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CRY DANCE by Kirk Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1999

"A breathless page-turner that overcomes its by-the-numbers plotting and gore with memorable Native American myths and an outdoorsman's respect for the Southwest's brutal beauty."
A derivative but nonetheless nail-bitingly intense hunt for a psychokiller through southwestern Indian reservations, tawdry casinos, and brooding Grand Canyon scenery, featuring dogged Bureau of Indian Affairs homicide investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and spunky rookie FBI special agent Anna Turpinseed. Read full book review >

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SKY WOMAN FALLING by Kirk Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"An awful lot of crucial information depends on hypnosis and Turnipseed's dreams. In addition, there's numbing aeronautic detail, some grisly death sequences, and a rather touching ending to the Parker-Turnipseed romance."
Native American myth, Oneida land claims, and psychosis complicate the latest case of Indian Affairs specialists Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed (Ancient Ones, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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FREDERICKSBURG by Kirk Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1996

"A highly original work of historical fiction."
An impressive addition to the list of recent, grimly realistic (and well-researched) novels about the Civil War. Read full book review >

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ELI, NO! by Katie Kirk
by Katie Kirk, illustrated by Katie Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Adult readers might want to suggest his family be in touch with the BadDog Trainers whose card appears on the opening spread; children will simply enjoy the havoc. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Geometric shapes, matte colors and few words tell the story of a beloved but not entirely trained pup. Read full book review >

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CAT POWER! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Covering the dreaded litter box, balls-of-string adventures, the scratching post and the dead-bird gift, there are purrs aplenty here for cat lovers. (CD) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Either a companion or counterpoint to Dogs Rule! (2003), these 18 poems celebrate the lovable quirks, reproach the annoying traits and acknowledge the different personalities of all kinds of cats. Read full book review >

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BUS STOP, BUS GO! by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

A hamster stages a cage-break on a school bus in this simple yet enjoyable piece of poetry, where the verse rolls along like the wheels on the bus, imparting a sweet momentum to the story. Read full book review >

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HUMPTY DUMPTY by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The cut-out photos of faces and other details tucked into Kirk's (Moondogs, 1999, etc.) tidy, smooth-surfaced paintings will prompt double takes from viewers, and some chuckles, but the trite plot and long, monotonously rhymed text will get a polite reception at best. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this happy-ending remake of the nursery rhyme, a boy king gets over his shyness by doing himself what all his horses and men couldn't. Read full book review >

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ELF REALM by Daniel Kirk
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unpleasant. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A grim fantasy doorstopper uncomfortably juxtaposes gory adventure with New Age sermonettes. Read full book review >