Search Results: "Robert Barclay"


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IF WISHES WERE HORSES by Robert Barclay
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"A promising premise is scuttled by mawkish writing, dithering dialogue and a meandering plot."
A horse-therapy program helps mitigate the tragic consequences of a drunk-driving accident, in businessman Barclay's debut. Read full book review >

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COUNTING DOGS by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sense of fun, clear, uncluttered design, and construction that should hold up to heavy use make this board book's relatively high price well worth the extra expense. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A book bound in a box, with layered die-cut board pages within, introduces a variety of animals for young children to practice counting. Read full book review >

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I CAN SEE JUST FINE by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"It's hard to judge intent, but even if this might provide lighthearted reassurance for young squinters, it's going to leave more observant parents and other caregivers disquieted, at best. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Repeatedly uttering the titular protest, a child is dragged off to "see" the eye doctor in this neatly drawn, too neatly resolved take on a common experience. Read full book review >

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HIDING PHIL by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A slim story full of determination, problem-solving and pachyderm glee. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's awfully hard to hide an elephant. Read full book review >

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FALLING IN HONEY by Jennifer Barclay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Light and lively reading with an understated edge."
A peripatetic 30-something Englishwoman's account of how a Greek island "got under [her] skin" and showed her the way to contented self-direction. Read full book review >

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NO TIME FOR GOODBYE by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"A little talky, but scary enough to keep the pages turning."
What kind of family would disappear in the middle of the night, abandoning a 14-year-old girl forever? Read full book review >

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RICHER THAN RUBIES by Tessa Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Jo's intelligence and talent make it hard to accept her entanglement with one-dimensional Ivan in this sexless romance."
A jewelry designer's intriguing new commission expands into an overplotted adventure from mystery author Barclay (A Final Discord, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAR FROM TRUE by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Barclay's sequel to Broken Promise (2015)—the third book in the series will reveal why the number 23 turns up in all kinds of bad situations here—trades in thrills for black humor. But it's a crowd-pleaser nonetheless from one of the most reliable craftsmen in crime fiction."
During the local drive-in's last-ever triple feature, a mysterious explosion topples the screen, killing four people. It's not the only bizarre incident shaking up the New York town of Promise Falls, a popular suicide spot where all lives seem at risk. Read full book review >

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TO DIE FOR by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Although it never gets farther than Edinburgh, this tale of Chopin moves so glacially it reminds you of another Pole some 3,000 miles northward."
Gregory, deposed Crown Prince of Hirtenstein (Richer than Rubies, 2007, etc.), sticks his highborn schnozz into another murder. Read full book review >

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BAD GUYS by Linwood Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 31, 2005

"Bright and funny, with a wry handling of the overprotective father and great panache in shaking up all the seemingly innocuous pieces and tying them together."
A hapless dad bumbles into trouble, dragging friends and relations with him. Read full book review >

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A FINAL DISCORD by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Catnip for fans of dimwitted aristos who can't get out of their own way."
Nothing but sour notes when classical-music entrepreneur Gregory Crowne (A Handful of Dust, 2004, etc.) agrees to help a spoiled rich kid jazz it up. Read full book review >

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THE TWENTY-THREE  by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"People die in large quantities in this deviously plotted but overly sprawling effort."
More mass mayhem awaits Barclay fans in the final installment of his Promise Falls trilogy, in which bodies stack up "in the morgue like firewood before the winter." Read full book review >