Search Results: "Michael Z. Lewin"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRST CULPRIT by Liza Cody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1993

"Nary an outstanding tale in the lot, though about half the contents—mostly the brand-new items—are keepers."
An unremarkable collection with a sterling pedigree: two dozen stories, 15 of them new, from the usually reliable British Crime Writers' Association. Read full book review >

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FAMILY BUSINESS by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 29, 1995

"A drolly minimalist sitcom whirligig with bits of mystery pureed in tiny doses like so many jalape§o peppers."
The author who put Indianapolis on the private-eye map (Underdog, 1993, etc.) turns his attention to the Lunghis—Angelo and his wife Gina, their children Marie and David, Angelo's sister Rosetta, his part-time brother Salvatore, and of course Mama and the Old Man—all members of Bath's only family of private detectives, who seem to specialize in investigating the most trivial crimes imaginable. Read full book review >

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FAMILY PLANNING by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The Lunghis' approach to family planning is about as efficacious as the Catholic Church's."
—Have a biscuit——the eternal Lunghi family greeting—and listen to the latest adventures of Bath's most intimate detective agency (Family Business, 1995). Read full book review >

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2ND CULPRIT by Liza Cody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1994

"All in all, a model anthology."
There's something for everyone in the British Crime Writers Association's second annual collection, which features not only a lineup of the usual suspects—23 stories, all but three of them new—but also some offbeat items: another double-crostic and a brace of Clewsey cartoons, verse by Susan Kelly, a reprint of Eric Ambler's rueful look back on his first novel, and historian Carole Rawcliffe's survey of the more flagrantly criminal members of medieval Parliaments. Read full book review >

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CUTTING LOOSE by Michael Z. Lewin
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The derring-do climax fails to ignite, for this is a book in which the journey surpasses the destination, but overall Lewin produces a grand adventure that readers won't soon forget. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Masquerading as a man, a young woman sets out to find her friend's killer in New York and London at the turn of the century; disguise proves to be simultaneously liberating and imprisoning in Lewin's big-canvas historical novel. Read full book review >

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ROVER'S TALES by Michael Z. Lewin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1998

"A must for the dog-mad, but these cute-free tales are witty and wry enough to reach others with cross-species wisdom."
Lewin, noted for his pixilated parade of unlikely detectives (Family Business, 1995, etc.), forgoes mysteries for the picaresque meanderings and musings of Rover, the Independent Dog. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 7, 1995

"Not up to last year's vintage, but still as inventive and various a bundle as you'd expect from this consistently striking series."
Twenty-two stories, 16 of them new, by the members of the British Crime Writers' Association. Read full book review >

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CALLED BY A PANTHER by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1991

"Despite an oddly inconclusive ending, a good time is had by all, especially smart-talking, dumb-acting Samson and his readers."
Albert Samson, Indianapolis's most likably raffish private eye (Out of Season, etc.), returns after a too-long sabbatical to take on two cases: tailing socialite Charlotte Vivien for her possessive, marital-minded protÇgÇ, tame poet Quentin Quayle (who begins by asking Samson to vet his story about his fictional wife being murdered—a device to clear the way for the nuptials), and—more important— locating a bomb stolen from the Scum Front, a gang of toothless environmental terrorists, before its new owners depart from Scum Front protocol by blowing it up. Read full book review >

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OH JOE by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 18, 2008

"Another charmingly droll look at crime from Lewin (Eye Opener, 2004, etc.)."
Misadventures of a hero who can't help it if women love him. Read full book review >

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FAMILY WAY by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2011

"The Rube Goldberg plot, practically all of it transpiring in a single day, is winsome and endearing, and none of it, not even the fatality, amounts to a hill of beans."
Will the Lunghi detective family's long string of murder-free investigations be threatened by the corpse that appears in the middle of Cobham Court? Read full book review >

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UNDERDOG by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

Finally, a more marginal hero than Lewin's small-beer shamus Albert Samson: Jan Moro (nÇ Clarence Starch, Jr.), a self-described small businessman who lives on the Indianapolis streets. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN DO IT! by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A winner of an early reader. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Channeling the can-do attitude of a certain little engine, Lewin's alligator comes out on top with some help from his friend and despite the bullying of another gator. Read full book review >