Search Results: "Rennie Dyball"


BOOK REVIEW

DWARF by Tiffanie DiDonato
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Sappy toward the end, but mostly uplifting and profound."
With the assistance of People editor Dyball (co-author: A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua, 2011, etc.), first-time author DiDonato tells the remarkable tale of her lifelong battle to overcome diastrophic dysplasia, a crippling genetic disorder that not only causes unusually short limbs, but chronic arthritis. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE SCENES by Rennie Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1997

"More disappointing, though, is the lack of behind-the-scenes dirt, or glimpses of the cynicism that implicitly drives the new breed of television hucksters."
A debut novel chooses the infomercial industry as the setting for this wanly uplifting tale of a woman's post-divorce blossoming. Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Rennie Airth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Madden's fourth case (The Dead of Winter, 2009, etc.) maintains Airth's reputation for carefully constructed, highly detailed plots. Although the hero doesn't dominate the present-day action, his past involvement adds an emotional element to his determination to end the killings."
John Madden comes out of retirement in post-World War II Britain to help solve a case from his past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A series starter with excellent potential undercut by several narrative glitches."
Two young siblings are on the run from a shadowy organization in Murphy's debut novel, an adventure-thriller. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE by Rennie Airth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2005

"Extremely well-wrought, remarkable for its uncommon understanding that its characters are in the end just human, for better and worse."
In a second outing, Inspector John Madden (River of Darkness, 1999) chases a sexual predator of children in England as the winds of war begin to blow from Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD OF WINTER by Rennie Airth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 27, 2009

"Ploddingly slow, every plot twist glaringly obvious. Only for diehard fans of the setting or series."
Scotland Yard tracks an international assassin during World War II, aided for a third time by retired inspector John Madden (Blood-Dimmed Tide, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF KINGS by Rennie Airth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The fifth in Airth's series (The Reckoning, 2014, etc.) is an intelligent character study conducted at a crawl. The hero's fans will find him as thoughtful and principled as ever, but lovers of heart-pounding whodunits should look elsewhere."
Two ex-detectives' persistence throws new light on an old murder in postwar England. Read full book review >

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MADDEN MAN: AN EX-COP UNEARTHS RUMORS, RACISM, AND REVENGE
by J. Kingston Pierce

Rennie Airth is currently five books into his trilogy of historical mysteries. Yes, you read that correctly. This South Africa-born journalist turned fictionist set out, in the late 1990s, to pen just three novels about early 20th-century Scotland Yard inspector John Madden, his family, and his police colleagues. But as the now 81-year-old Airth explains, “I found I had more ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE 12 DAYS O YULE by Susan Rennie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"The familiar rhyme gets a braw shoogle, skooshing along in tandem with scenes of bonnie revelry. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The holiday ditty gets a reworking in thick Scots dialect, from "a reid robin in a rowan tree" on. Read full book review >

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NEW WORLDS, NEW GEOGRAPHIES by John Rennie Short
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1998

"Readers may find it more satisfying to spend time writing their own story than reading this one."
A puzzle, but an interesting one. Read full book review >