Search Results: "Neil McMahon"


BOOK REVIEW

L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The plot reads as if dashed off to meet a deadline, but the book is somewhat redeemed by decent writing."
Seasoned mystery writer McMahon (Dead Silver, 2008, etc.) steps into a new genre with his first thriller. Read full book review >

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TO THE BONE by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"The medical jargon ('I need the hematocrit stat') and folderol about undetectable toxins that dominate the beginning are soon supplanted by smutty sexcapades. Choose your poison."
The day after breast augmentation, a beautiful woman becomes a beautiful young corpse when she winds up in San Francisco's Mercy Hospital. Read full book review >

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BLOOD DOUBLE by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2002

"A step down from Twice Dying (2000), as McMahon cribs his plot device from recent genetic-engineering headlines and strains to place poor Carroll Monks in the detective mode."
Medical student Stephanie Monks is assisting her physician father Carroll in the ER when a drug-overdose case is wheeled in. Read full book review >

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DEAD SILVER by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Hugh and Madbird, a western variation on the Spenser-Hawk pairing, trudge through some great scenery and a glaringly inadequate plot. Who knew Montana was home to so many red herrings?"
Reopening the murder case of a wicked stepmother. Read full book review >

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LONE CREEK by Neil McMahon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2007

"A sprawling western saga, more Edna Ferber than Agatha Christie, from the author of the Monks medical mysteries (To the Bone, 2003, etc.). Readers with a taste for escalating violence, Native American ritual and intergenerational lust may stick around to the end."
Death of a neigh-sayer. Read full book review >

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NEIL ARMSTRONG by Jay Barbree
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"A wholly admiring assessment of Armstrong the aviator and Armstrong the man."
A longtime NBC News space correspondent looks back on the aviation career of the first man to set foot on the moon. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF ADDY McMAHON by Katie Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-crafted view of a child's inner struggles and emotional growth. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Addy believes her Grandmother when she claims the "family curse" has been lurking for several generations. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"An ambling and chatty road trip journal that becomes a surprisingly meaningful rumination on getting old without fading away."
Vancouver novelist Chong (Baroque-A-Nova, 2002) hits the road with a few buddies to retrace Neil Young's steps to rock stardom. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE CRUSADER'S CURSE by Kevin Sylvester
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2012

"This is a funny book, chock full of action, slapstick, puns and eccentrics. Fans of the first two will eat it up. (Mystery. 12-14)"
This mystery/adventure, third in the series, begins in Vancouver, Canada, then takes a side trip to Paris, leaving a trail of amusement and mayhem. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Also real is the fact that Tammy's tenacity is never fully appreciated, even as she softens her principles and becomes slightly more understanding than seemed possible in the beginning. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the summer of 1969, when astronauts land on the moon, and Tamara Ann Simpson is not having a good time. Read full book review >