Search Results: "Nicola Upson"


BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL WITH TWO FACES by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"You'd have to be daft not to savor Cornwall in the '30s and the fictional sleuthing of real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey."
Josephine Tey (An Expert in Murder, 2008) finds murderous inspiration in Cornwall. Read full book review >

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TWO FOR SORROW by Nicola Upson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Less a reconsideration of the plight of Victorian women and children via the story of Sach and Walters than a study of same-sex love and obsession focusing on Tey's relationships (Angel with Two Faces, 2010, etc.)."
Deep into her research regarding the lives of two executed baby killers, mystery writer Josephine Tey succumbs to a romantic crisis. Read full book review >

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AN EXPERT IN MURDER by Nicola Upson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"<\b>The actual Josephine Tey, of course, wrote the historical gem The Daughter of Time (1951) and seven other classic murder mysteries. Though not up to Tey's standards, Upson's debut is a most promising valentine."
A detective inspector and a real-life writer team up to solve several murders in 1930s London. Read full book review >

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LONDON RAIN by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although Upson (The Death of Lucy Kyte, 2014, etc.) keeps her readers anticipating action nearly as long as British subjects wait for the crowning of their king, the complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make her fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors."
Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry in the fictional adventures of a real-life author. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF LUCY KYTE by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Upson's (Two for Sorrow, 2010, etc.) attempt to engage real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey in a murder is not for those who want a quick-moving story. For more patient readers, the contemplative tone and historical detail yield their own rewards, along with a couple of clever surprises."
Three generations of homeowners feel the effects of a violent murder in rural England. Read full book review >

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LOSING NICOLA by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Veteran Moody (Doubled in Spades, 1997, etc.) spins a puzzle that takes a back seat to her graceful evocation of her heroine's childhood and its disintegration one fateful summer."
Twenty years after her 12th birthday ended in tragedy, Alice Beecham returns to her hometown in an attempt to make herself whole by figuring out what happened. Read full book review >

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BELLA'S SECRET GARDEN by Jemma Upson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2014

"At five or even eight pages, this would have been a cute bagatelle; at 20, it is overindulgence. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This app bursts with crisply photographed flowers, noisy fairy friends—and a shiny slug. Read full book review >

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USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. Read full book review >

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FLUFF AND BILLY by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A little forced at the end, but young children will recognize the issue and require no encouragement to chime in with Billy's lines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a bit of elemental relationship-modeling, two active young penguins play together until a short-lived huff brings a temporary halt to the fun. Read full book review >

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THE TUSK FAIRY by Nicola Smee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The affectionate narrative is nicely complemented by warmly humorous illustrations in which the toys are as expressive of subtle emotions as the little girl is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lizzie's knitted Elephant is her favorite toy, but the years have left him so much the worse for wear that she's had to dress him in the other toys' clothes just to hold him together. Read full book review >

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THE NECESSARY CAT by Nicola Bayley
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every page of this lovely catalogue is ideal for children to pore over, but also a tribute for cat-lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a cat fanatic's dream, Bayley exalts felines in the definitive collection of cat bric-a-brac while presenting many nibbles of feline fancy for all ages. Read full book review >