Search Results: "Rachael Mortimer"


BOOK REVIEW

SONG FOR A PRINCESS by Rachael Mortimer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A quiet jewel about friendship and renewal, this is a princess story without the usual clichés as well as a tale that shows the beauty and regenerative power of words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original fairy tale, a little brown bird that loves words listens intently as a princess and her friend tell each other stories and play in the garden. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Breathless prose and many juicy revelations—an absorbing read."
An erstwhile "friendly acquaintance" who fell out with Rumpole of the Bailey's creator over this biography strips back the man's jovial veneer to reveal dark and adulterous activities. Read full book review >

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DR. MORTIMER AND THE ALDGATE MYSTERY by Gerard Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"Here, the good doctor attends young Lavinia Nancarrow only to discover that her influenza is less threatening than the sinister guardian who, in the best tradition of 'The Copper Beeches' and 'The Greek Interpreter,' is keeping her imprisoned in an Aldgate house."
Through a chronological accident worthy of Dr. Watson, this inaugural adventure of Dr. James Mortimer, the physician whose main claim to fame before this year was leaving a cane behind in Sherlock Holmes's rooms in The Hound of the Baskervilles, has already been preceded by his second (Dr. Mortimer and the Barking Man Mystery, p. 299). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 25, 2006

"A skillfully crafted, eclectic collection."
Known primarily for his travel writing and poetry (Savage Pilgrims, 1997, etc.), Shukman here offers three stories and a novella tracking the rueful meanderings of hapless Western travelers. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1987

"A special treat for Mortimer's (and Aiken's) fans."
Mortimer, the raven, and his unflagging, sensible sidekick, Arabel, are back with four more hilarious, very British sequences of mishaps. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Scholars will deplore the dearth of documentation, but general readers will delight in this tale of a randy rapscallion who found time between dalliances to create some enduringly popular works of fiction and drama."
An authorized biography of the peripatetic, priapic and enormously prolific octogenarian who still rises at dawn to the pages of blank foolscap he fills with astonishing speed and craft. Read full book review >

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DR. MORTIMER AND THE BARKING MAN MYSTERY by Gerard Williams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"The late-Victorian touches are expert, however, and the clever planting and decoding of clues worthy of You Know Who."
Now that Sherlock Holmes has been endlessly resurrected, and Inspector Lestrade and Irene Adler have enjoyed series of their own, isn't it time for minor characters in the Holmes canon to have their day in the sun? Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE BROTHERS OF ST. MORTIMER by John Fergus Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1991

"Outrageousness does not always translate into laughs in this southern gothic revamped as southern shtick."
A not-quite-funny-enough tale from Ryan (The Redneck Bride— not reviewed) of a fat, phony evangelist/sock peddler who takes a rare stab at doing good by attempting to get a mass murderer settled down deep in redneck territory. ``Brother Edgar,'' on the wintry side of 50 and somewhat off the sexual plumb line, tells the story himself in a grits-and- biscuits vernacular, often straying into anecdotage or speculation about the gullibility or cussedness of humanity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY COLORS by Rachael Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The subtlety of some of the color differentiations (orange and yellow are awfully close in hue) and busyness of other compositions demonstrates, however, that the board-book dollar would still be better spent on the fortuitously timed reprint of Margaret Miller's I Love Colors. (6-12 mos.)"
Adorable babies (is there any other kind?), mostly white but some with darker skin, cavort on different-colored backgrounds to a pretty standard doggerel praisesong: "Lovely baby, / wiggly toes, / stops to smell / a sweet RED rose." Read full book review >

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DEAR LUPIN by Roger Mortimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice."
Epistolary commentary from a father to his son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS MOUSE by Anne Mortimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"No new territory here, but a very cute mouse having a very merry Christmas all the same. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little mouse perched on a pecan tart and staring out at the reader forms the intriguing cover illustration for this rhyming exploration of a mouse-sized Christmas celebration. Read full book review >