Search Results: "P.D. Smith"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"As exciting, sprawling and multifarious as a shining city on a hill."
Smith (Doomsday Men: The Real Dr. Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon, 2007, etc.) composes a polyphonic paean to our urban past, present and future. 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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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 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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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 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 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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NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 1986

"This one's a winning combination: a spellbinding mystery replete with authentic historical minutiae, and a brooding, teeming early-19th-century locale."
A true tale of murder most foul in Regency London in which James' mystery-writing witchery is joined with Critchley's police history know-how. Read full book review >

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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 >

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DEVICES AND DESIRES by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

"Strongly written, then, and thickly readable—but ultimately flabby, pale, and disappointing."
Despite ever-growing sales and stature, James' mysteries have been uneven in recent years—without the thoroughly compelling characters and milieus that made her early output so distinctive. Read full book review >

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AN UNSUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN by P.D. James
Released: March 22, 1973

"An impeccable pleasure to read."
P.D. James upholds the best of the British tradition, without any of the flossy, irritating side of her elders but not betters — Sayers or Marsh — and without for that matter revealing the fact that the given name behind the initials might be feminine. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2001

"As in Original Sin (1995) and A Certain Justice (1997), James's achievement is not to pin down individual guilt, but to show the place of crime and guilt and sin in a whole culture."
Unconvinced that his son Ronald, an ecclesiastical student at St. Read full book review >