Search Results: "M.S. Simpson"


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SHIRTLESS IN ICELAND by M.S. Simpson
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A notable effort in need of firmer footing to reach the depths it probes."
The ex-pat cafe crowd considers the life worth living in Paris. Read full book review >

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JAGGED BLIND HOP ZOZZLE by M.S. Simpson
Released: Jan. 11, 2012

"A detailed account of sexual awakening in 1920s high Parisian society peppered with reflections about the vagaries of sexual love and status that characterized the era, though readers may wish for greater psychological depth."
Simpson's (Shirtless in Iceland, 2011) most recent release recounts the sexual awakening of an American abroad in 1920s Paris. Read full book review >

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DEERSLAYER by M.S. Karl
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Add a plus for lovers of the hunt."
Newspaperman-sleuth Pete Brady (Death Notice, 1990), owner of the Weekly Express in Troy Parish, Louisiana, has been persuaded to go deer-hunting by his good friend Sheriff Matt Garitty. Read full book review >

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"Do Not Forsake Me"  Martin Luther King, Jr by M.S. Platt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2012

"A perfectly serviceable CSI-style forensic thriller, but its significance falls short of its title."
In his debut novel, Platt (Holy Economics, 2011) obliquely questions the Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of equality with a story about an African-American baby's death. Read full book review >

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CRUCIBLE OF FOOLS by M.S. Power
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Others have done it betterand with more conviction."
A would-be moving novel of madness and misery in the benighted Irish countryside, Power's seventh but first to be published in the US: a mawkish, manipulative piece of writing almost totally dependent on a reader's credulity. Read full book review >

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NATHAN CROSBY’S FAN MAIL by M.S. Power
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An entertaining visit to Dick Francis-land that runs the master a highly respectable second."
The plot of a fictional murder mystery comes unnervingly to life in a cleverly plotted tale with equestrian connections that falters only in the home stretch. Read full book review >

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UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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STRANGE ORBIT by Margaret Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1995

"This deus-ex-machina conclusion seems fitting for this unlikely, incredible adventure, which loses its excitement and any realism just when the fun should really begin. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Jessica Baron is a smart and likeable British teen who leaps at the chance to join the crew of the first children's moon landing. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT ROME by Judith Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The text is clear and interesting, but brief; the book is an introduction, and readers who want more in-depth coverage will have to look elsewhere. (maps, charts, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A portrait of ancient Rome, divided into four sections: ``The Roman World,'' ``Living in the Empire,'' ``Expansion and Empire,'' and ``The Fall of Rome.'' Along the way it covers the usual topics for this type of book—family life, education, farming—as well as more unusual topics, including the siege of Masada, appearing in a beautifully done four-page fold-out. Read full book review >

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DEAD AND GONE by Dorothy Simpson
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Straightforward and absorbing, deftly written and adroitly plotted: another quiet winner for Simpson."
Another of the author's literate explorations of life and death in the town of Sturrenden and environs, where Inspector Luke Thanet and his faithful Sergeant Lineham bear the brunt of infrequent murder investigations (Once Too Often, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF BEAUTIFUL NELL CROPSEY by Bland Simpson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Don't be disappointed, though, if you never do find out who killed beautiful Nell Cropsey. (Five illustrations)"
On the evening of November 20, 1901, Gibson girl Nell Cropsey, oldest daughter of a transplanted Brooklyn family, stepped out into her family's front hall in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to join her suitor Jim Wilcox—and was never seen alive again. Read full book review >