Search Results: "Peter May"


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THE CHESSMEN by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"May's poetic descriptions in this final installment of his Lewis trilogy alternate with the loutish behavior of the characters, who are constantly slapping, slugging and coshing each other. The mystery—really, the mysteries—are untidy, but the atmosphere is altogether magical."
Back on Lewis Island, the quiet Hebrides outpost where he was born (The Lewis Man, 2013, etc.), murder keeps stalking Fin McLeod, late of the Edinburgh CID—this time accompanied by harrowing revelations about his own early years.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Not as thrilling as a Bird-McHale-Parish charge to the basket, but good enough for those who never saw—or who want to recapture—the real thing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Bill, Hillary, and Al? Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2006

"May (The Firemaker, 2005) provides abundant local color and writes with measured authority. The results are as engaging as they are cerebral."
A forensic scientist traces the mysterious disappearance of a French television personality. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1999

"Mayle's continuing love affair with Provence takes him back to familiar themes but continues to yield fresh insights."

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THE FOURTH SACRIFICE by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2007

"May's second look at China past and present (The Firemaker, 2005, etc.) is an electrifying mixture of mystery, romance and history."
A pair of former lovers are forced into an uneasy working relationship by a series of gruesome murders. Read full book review >

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A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2004

"Uncorks as a bottle without much nose, leaving but brief bloom on the palate: it needed perhaps a little more breathing time when decanted."
A Good Year (as in wines) finds Mayle back in Provence, the region that inspired his famous nonfiction debut, A Year in Provence (1990), and his first novel, Hotel Pastis (1993). Read full book review >

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THE MARSEILLE CAPER by Peter Mayle
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"To compensate for the absence of plot complications, realistic dialogue or suspense, the meals sound great, the ebullient badinage is genuinely witty and Mayle wears his considerable knowledge of the area lightly."
Now that Sam Levitt has recovered entertainment lawyer Danny Roth's stolen wine from dodgy millionaire Francis Reboul (The Vintage Caper, 2009), his quarry wants to hire him for a job of his own. Read full book review >

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VIRTUALLY DEAD by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A smarmy excuse for May (The Killing Room, 2008, etc.) to dabble in X-rated fantasy."
A grieving widower finds the virtual world as deadly as the real one. Read full book review >

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BLOWBACK by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"May's flair for narrative, characterization and evocative descriptions of various locales and historic tidbits makes his formulaic whodunit fresh and delightfully readable—catnip for armchair sleuths."
Mon dieu! Someone has killed the Great Chef of Europe. Read full book review >

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THE NOBLE PATH by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"May (The Man With No Face, 1981) gives his Mission: Impossible yarn the boost of sharp locations, passionate decrials of the world's indifference to the region's suffering, and a distinctly original handling of the genre's conventions."
Deadeyed British soldier-of-fortune Jack Elliot—hired in 1978 by wealthy Cambodian refugee Ang Yuon to retrieve the family he abandoned during the evacuation of Phnom Penh—runs into all the obstacles you'd expect, and then some. Read full book review >

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BLACKLIGHT BLUE by Peter May
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A cerebral, chilling tale bound to burnish May's reputation."
A ruthless killer targets a solver of cold cases. Read full book review >

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ENTRY ISLAND by Peter May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Bleak settings needn't be drab—Emily Brontë knew that. But May's transplanted Scots have given up the gloaming for the gloomy."
A Montreal cop reeling from his divorce confronts ancestral tragedy when he's sent to investigate a murder on a remote island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Read full book review >