Search Results: "P.D. Baccalario"


BOOK REVIEW

SUITCASE OF STARS by P.D. Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Bruno's elegant, steampunk-ish illustrations elevate the story, but its slow start and overreliance on dei ex machina flaw it. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Teeming fantasy trappings largely substitute for internal logic in this meandering tale of a pop-up shop extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING by P.D. Viner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Viner's debut is not completely convincing, but it will hook readers with its intensity and puzzlelike plot."
In Viner's feverish psychological thriller, family and friends of Dani Lancing, who was raped and murdered 20 years ago, go to frightening lengths to get to the bottom of, or obscure the facts of, the cold case. Read full book review >

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THE MISTLETOE MURDER by P.D. James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Still, no one would take exception to the concluding sentiment in McDermid's introduction: 'These stories are a delicious gift to us at a time when we thought we would read no more of P.D. James's work.' James' fans can only hope for several more such gifts."
A slender collection that reprints four of the 20 mystery stories James left behind at her death in 2014. Read full book review >

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THE MURDER ROOM by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 2003

"Despite a plot less ineluctable than her best (Death in Holy Orders, 2001, etc.), James creates another teeming world in which murder is only the symptom of a more pervasive mortality."
A beleaguered private museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath provides James's latest lethal biosphere. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2008

"Middling work for the peerless James, a whodunit as deeply shadowed by mortality as all Dalgliesh's cases ever since Shroud for a Nightingale (1971)."
James's 18th novel revisits familiar ground—an insular social setting disrupted by a shocking murder—with consummate artistry. Read full book review >

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DRAGON OF SEAS by Pierdomenico Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Loose threads are wrapped up in an epilogue that leaves room for follow-up. The fans will be happy. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Elettra, Mistral and Harvey unite in Singapore with Sheng to bring this fantasy/thriller series to a thoroughly satisfying end (City of Wind, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOOR TO TIME by Pierdomenico Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

The secret door behind the wardrobe may be a bit much, but in general this suspenseful tale of three young folks winkling out secrets in an old stone house is well-endowed with the requisite elements. Read full book review >

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TIME TO BE IN EARNEST by P.D. James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2000

"A charming, informative, and timely memoir, with vividly somber undertones, sure to be treasured by James' readers."
From British mystery writer (and recent Baroness) James, an elegantly constructed, deceptively off-the-cuff reflection on her life and times that is by turns humorous, nostalgic, instructive, and ominous. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P.D. James
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 1993

"Despite an opening as slow as anything in James's recent outings, the departure from her usual formula is brilliantly conceived—the note of sad mortality so powerfully sustained that James's benediction of hope is almost unbearable."
Perturbed by reports that sperm counts among British males have been steadily dwindling in recent years, the doyenne of the English detective story has interrupted her increasingly leisurely series of mystery novels (Devices and Desires, 1989, etc.) for a futuristic dystopia of sterility. Read full book review >

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THE LONG-LOST MAP by Pierdomenico Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"By the end, Oblivia's on the verge of total triumph; let's hope for better news in the next episode. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The Bad Guys come on strong in this sequel to The Door to Time (Jan. 2006), as young Jason and Rick race malign adult rival Oblivia Newton through the ancient city of Punt to solve clues leading to a mysterious map hidden in a labyrinthine library. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CANYONS by P.D. Cacek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Brisk, if not high-styled, and the constant flow of bizarre headlines ('A Quest Exclusive: Love and the Proper Werewolf') lends a light heart to a dark fable."
Werewolves tear up Denver in what looks like the first of a series, by Bram Stoker-winner Cacek (Night Prayers, not reviewed).Read full book review >