Search Results: "Mark de Castrique"


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THE 13TH TARGET by Mark de Castrique
Released: July 3, 2012

"Though its prose is merely serviceable and its characters stereotypical, this intricate thriller from de Castrique (The Sandburg Connection, 2011, etc.) offers a good deal of interesting and timely information on the Federal Reserve."
A bodyguard turns shamus when his charge is the victim of a suspicious shooting. Read full book review >

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A SPECTER OF JUSTICE by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Sam's fifth case (A Murder in Passing, 2013, etc.) is an entertaining whodunit with colorful characters, swift-footed plotting, and a confident narrative voice."
A pair of creepy killings seems right up North Carolina shamus Sam Blackman's alley, especially when it looks as if a good friend is being framed for the crimes. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS UNDERTAKING by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"The scam in de Castrique's debut is complex, the pace uncertain, the characters flat but plentiful, the regional background sensitive and savory."
Even though it's cost him his wife and his job on the Charlotte police force, you'd think Barry Clayton's reluctant return home to Gainesboro to take over the family funeral parlor from his Alzheimers-stricken father would at least give him a little peace of mind. Read full book review >

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THE SINGULARITY RACE by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"De Castrique's (A Specter of Justice, 2015, etc.) taut action sequences and strong character relationships triumph over a plot crowded with threads and back stories."
A routine security job takes a dark turn when battling international interests target a secret futuristic technology. Read full book review >

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THE FITZGERALD RUSE by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The warmth of Sam and Nakayla's relationship and Sam's challenged but determined heart make for a great read despite some lead-footed plotting."
A complicated mystery with literary roots challenges a rookie gumshoe. Read full book review >

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FINAL UNDERTAKING by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Readers may be hard-pressed to keep the tangle of narrative threads straight, but Barry is an amiable guide to untangling them, and a reliable source of many provocative tidbits about embalming."
A sleuthing small-town North Carolina undertaker solves another many-layered mystery. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN SCARS  by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"De Castrique's sixth delivers a vivid gallery of suspects, lively dialogue, and an attractive pair of sleuths."
A Carolina private detective investigates a 70-year-old murder. Read full book review >

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THE SANDBURG CONNECTION by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Sam's third case (The Fitzgerald Ruse, 2009, etc.) benefits greatly from the chemistry of its two sleuths and the author's—make that the narrator's—clean, accessible style."
A suspicious death on top of Glassy Mountain turns two laid-back private sleuths into prime suspects. Read full book review >

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FATAL UNDERTAKING by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Buryin' Barry's fifth (Final Undertaking, 2007, etc.) is busy but a bit aimless. Still, de Castrique's style is clean and direct, ideal for the armchair sleuth."
Who better to investigate a killing in a coffin than Buryin' Barry, deputy-cum-undertaker? Read full book review >

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BLACKMAN’S COFFIN by Mark de Castrique
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"In the struggling Sam Blackman, de Castrique (Final Undertaking, 2007, etc.) has created a compelling hero whose flinty first-person narrative nicely complements Henderson's earnest, measured and equally involving account."
A disabled Iraqi war vet finds new meaning in life as a private detective. Read full book review >

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MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >