Search Results: "P.D. Viner"


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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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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 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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SLEEP NO MORE by P.D. James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Ceremonious, nasty, and very welcome indeed."
Half a dozen more reprinted stories, originally published between 1973 and 2005, from the late doyenne of the formal English mystery in all its majesty. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR DEATH by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1986

"But, resonating with themes, from family responsibility to class warfare to the perils of ambition, this leisurely, somber investigation is moodily compelling most of the way through—and only disappointing in its fitful, hollow resolutions."
Like her other recent, long mysteries (Death of an Expert Witness, The Skull Beneath the Skin), James' new 480-page novel is absorbing reading, chockablock with arresting characters, edgily compelling conversation, and grainy atmospherics. Read full book review >

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A CERTAIN JUSTICE by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Even more perfectly than the publishing house in Original Sin (1995), Venetia's law chambers provide James with the ideal arena for her boundlessly compassionate probing of human frailty and for the shivery hope of goodness. (First printing of 250,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Four weeks after she's defended Garry Ashe on a charge of murdering his disreputable aunt—in a bravura sequence that provides the most electric opening of any of James's novels—his barrister, brilliant, aloof Venetia Aldridge, is found stabbed to death in her chambers with a paper-knife, a barrister's wig on her head and her corpse soaked in fresh blood. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL SIN by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"One of James's most successful meldings of the old-fashioned whodunit onto the novel of character—a Middlemarch of the classic detective story."
The directors of London's venerable Peverell Press think that the suicide of senior editor Sonia Clements in the archive room of the firm's palatial offices in Innocent House is the last and most shocking episode in a series of disruptions to their business: some lost illustrations, a manuscript maliciously altered in proof, an unsigned note to one of the current authors pointing out that two other Peverell authors have recently died. 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 >

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THE LIGHTHOUSE by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Although the story is briefer than James's recent double-deckers (The Murder Room, 2003, etc.), readers will still revel in her matchless fullness of characterization. A stay on Combe Island really is tonic."
The doyenne of British mystery celebrates her 85th birthday by packing off Adam Dalgliesh and two members of his Metropolitan Murder Squad to investigate the violent death of a famous novelist on a remote island off the Cornish coast. Read full book review >

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RESTED SOUL, RESILIENT HEART by Konnie Viner
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"Though a standard inspiration-meets-self-help book, it provides some useful advice for Christian women facing serious challenges."
This program of prayer, journaling, and self-study seeks to help women re-establish a relationship with the Christian faith after a breakup, divorce, or abuse. Read full book review >