Search Results: "Quinn Fawcett"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SCOTTISH PLOY by Quinn Fawcett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Like the continuing cast of heroes, helpers, and villains, everything else—the political conflicts, the unspeakable evil, the bluff xenophobia—are as casually stipulated as in a James Bond knockoff, minus the urgency and the sense of personal style."
Those who volunteer for the Admiralty's most delicate missions, even on an ad hoc basis, never have an idle hour, but this latest assortment of errands for Mycroft Holmes o'erflows the measure. Read full book review >

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THE FLYING SCOTSMAN by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This time, Conan Doyle characters are plunged into an Agatha Christie situation when Mycroft and his amanuensis, Paterson Guthrie, are called on to escort the endangered diplomat Prince Oscar back to London aboard a train crawling with potential assassins."
The Flying Scotsman ($23.95; Oct.; 320 pp.; 0-312-86364-0) A third installment in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother Mycroft (Embassy Row, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH TO SPIES by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"Savvy readers will be way ahead of the 'surprise' solution."
Before Ian Fleming created the ever-suave superspy James Bond, he was an operative himself, working for the British in WWII. Read full book review >

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SIREN SONG by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Graceful prose and casual pacing evoke a genre long out of fashion but likely to attract loyal readers."
Former spy Ian Fleming falls in love, hard, for a glamorous journalist who leads him on a dangerous escapade. Read full book review >

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EMBASSY ROW by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"No treat here for Sherlock enthusiasts."
The second in a series (Against the Brotherhood, 1997) featuring Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft, a high-level diplomatic agent for England's Admiralty, whose present assignment is to facilitate the signing of an agreement with Japan—an agreement that would guarantee England's influence in Japanese-controlled waters and also increase the number of Japanese students accepted at England's Dartmouth Naval Academy. Read full book review >

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AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The desperate villains are MGM stock, and Mycroft gives no evidence of either the presence or the brains that would justify the new life the series promises."
Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother Mycroft was reputed to be so indolent that only cases of national security could rouse him to a real effort. Read full book review >

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HONOR AMONG SPIES by Quinn Fawcett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"This third series entry veers from cloak-and-dagger intrigue into noir detective territory, all to good effect."
A former spy colleague drags Ian Fleming into dangerous doings in New Orleans' French Quarter. Read full book review >

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WHAT COULD IT BE? by Sally Fawcett
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2016

"Quibbles aside, this is an easy-to-interpret interactive addition for the concept shelf. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Geometric shapes surround us. With a little imagination, children can recognize and identify them in the various objects they encounter in their daily lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"For Vietnam combat junkies who don't mind wading through acronym-infested waters to read stories of wartime derring-do."
A surprisingly dry recounting of Vietnam war stories by a group of former SEALs, the Navy commandos who specialize in clandestine, behind-enemy-lines operations. Read full book review >

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DOOMED TO REPEAT by Bill Fawcett
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"Superficial analysis and a rash of factual errors combine to drain this volume of any value it might otherwise have had."
In this search for guidance from the past, pop historian Fawcett (Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing: 100 More Mistakes that Lost Elections, Ended Empires, and Made the World What It Is Today, 2012, etc.) surveys disparate issues ranging from terrorism and pandemics to unemployment and recessions. However, any book that attempts to derive lessons from history must first get the facts right. Read full book review >

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EVEN THE DARKEST STARS by Heather Fawcett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"With a dash of romantic entanglement, a rich original mythology, and a sizzler of a twist at the end, this duology opener will appeal to fans of femalecentric fantasy by such authors as Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Maas. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Debut author Fawcett offers an Everest-inspired fantasy. Read full book review >