Search Results: "Robert Barclay"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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TRUST YOUR EYES by Linwood Barclay
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The Toronto-based Barclay (The Accident, 2011, etc.) delivers another page turner that contains as much pleasure in the setup as the outcome."
Rear Window crossed with Rain Man and updated for the virtual age, Barclay's latest nail-biter has a map-obsessed schizophrenic discovering a murder while browsing street images online. He and his brother are targeted by the people behind the murder, who work for the New York attorney general and his gubernatorial campaign. 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 >

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DIAMONDS IN DISGUISE by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"Barclay offers a genuine puzzle, but as usual, it takes a back seat to local color and royal shenanigans."
Crown Prince Gregory (To Die For, 2007, etc.) heads to Rome to help his grandmother out of a royal mess. Read full book review >

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A BETTER CLASS OF PERSON by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pipe dream of upscale fantasy with little mystery, less suspense, and no romance to speak of, but a good deal of hobnobbing with the rich and formerly titled."
Some birthday parties just aren't meant to be fun. Read full book review >

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FEAR THE WORST by Linwood Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Barclay (No Time for Goodbye, 2007, etc.) has written a page-turning thriller that's intense, compelling and, for the most part, expertly paced."
A daughter's mysterious disappearance thrusts her father into the world of violence and deception that lurks just below the surface of his nondescript Connecticut suburb. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF DUST by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"As Greg and Liz's romance spins busily in the background, Barclay wisely sets her mystery front and center. Only a too-pat solution mars the brisk dialogue and well-clued plot."
Crown Prince Gregory is abroad again and up to his royal ears in murder. Read full book review >