Search Results: "Mike Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

POPPY THE PIRATE DOG'S NEW SHIPMATE by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Poppy and her crew best be a-sparkin' up the plots and purveying the piratical prattle soon, or this series is likely to be tossed overboard. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Following her debut in Poppy the Pirate Dog (2013), the seagoing Dalmatian is back for another outing. Read full book review >

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THE LATE CANDIDATE by Mike Phillips
Released: Dec. 1, 1990

Londoner Sam Dean, the black free-lance journalist introduced in Blood Rights, has old ties to both murder victim Aston Edwards, a savvy black politico, and the chief suspect, young Tony, who was obsessed with Aston's wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POINT OF DARKNESS by Mike Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1995

"Tension-laden meets, sexual couplings, beatings, and killings, interrupted by Sam's windy flights of introspection and sidelong glances into immigrant life in New York—all make for an overextended story that sags too often despite the heavy action."
Black, Caribbean-born Sam Dean (The Late Candidate, 1990; Blood Rights, 1989), a freelance, London-based journalist, has promised to find his dying friend Hector's daughter Mary—in New York City but long-unheard from—and bring her home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN IMAGE TO DIE FOR by Mike Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1997

"The jagged, propulsive rhythms of Phillips's writing carry Sam's fourth case (Point of Darkness, 1995, etc.) over the bogs of overplotted intrigue."
Even before he's found out why an old friend, TV producer Wyndham Davis, has asked him to pop over, rolling-stone London journalist Sam Dean's confronted with a corpse: a production assistant knifed outside the apartment where Davis is taping an interview for a true-crime program he's trying to sell. Read full book review >

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MUSEUM MYSTERY SQUAD AND THE CASE OF THE HIDDEN HIEROGLYPHICS by Mike Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The historical information is a bit flimsy, but deduction and slick detective work save the day. (Mystery. 7-9)"
In their latest caper, four young sleuths (counting the hamster) not only uncover a hidden treasure, but foil its theft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPPY THE PIRATE DOG by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An adequate tale with the pull of pirates and pups, but alas, me hearties, no buried treasure here. (Early reader. 6-8)"
A family takes a seaside vacation with their Dalmatian, Poppy, who knows all about pirates from listening to books read by her young owner, Tim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Reluctant readers, especially, will find Murphy's chatty, lighthearted approach appealing, enjoyable and informative. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Murphy, the author of Why Is Snot Green? (2009), tackles another high-interest subject in this entertaining look at fears and phobias. Read full book review >

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GIN PHILLIPS
by Megan Labrise

Gin Phillips had no intention of writing summer’s most scintillating literary thriller.

“I wanted to write a book about motherhood,” Phillips says of Fierce Kingdom, the story of a mother and four-year-old son trapped in their local zoo by an active shooter event.

“I was aware it was a faster plot than I normally focus on,” she says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTSHADE by Robert Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"For such, this is a useful collection; but aficionados may find they already own nearly half of its contents."
This successor to Phillips's successful 1989 collection, The Triumph of the Night, likewise fulfills critic Edmund Wilson's prescription for an anthology offering "stories by really first-rate modern writers" that favor psychological nuance over Gothic paraphernalia. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH DRAMA by Debra Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A tiresome attempt at contemporary romance."
Set in the gated communities of Los Angeles, studded with luxury goods of all kinds, an ostensibly comic romance recounts one very spoiled young woman's journey to the altar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1996

This hit parade of psychological and mythical views of a basic family bond teems with good intentions but fails to spark with originality or humanistic warmth. Read full book review >