Search Results: "S.J. Parris"


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HERESY by S.J.  Parris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Spirited storytelling, an appealing sleuth and a cool, mutilated villain will lead readers to hope this is the launch of a series."
Densely plotted and paced historical thriller set in Elizabethan Oxford combines spying and a serial killer with the quest for a world-order-threatening lost book. Read full book review >

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PROPHECY by S.J.  Parris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"Parris populates her tale with interesting characters and plenty of atmosphere but allows the story to ramble on until the reader grows weary of Bruno and his detective work."
This follow-up to Heresy (2010), where Parris first introduced readers to Italian Giordano Bruno, shadows the former 16th-century monk, philosopher and author as he involves himself with deadly intrigues inside the court of England's Queen Elizabeth. Read full book review >

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SACRILEGE by S.J.  Parris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"Densely textured but slow-moving, with a mystery whose tangled mess of multiple plots and plotters is only partly resolved by Bruno's trial for murder, attempted murder and larceny."
Giordano Bruno, the excommunicated monk attached to both the French embassy and the spy network of Sir Francis Walsingham, is lured to Canterbury by still another troubled attachment. Read full book review >

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THE 8TH JOURNAL by Nicole Parris
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Poor characterization but solid plot."
Holly discovers her destiny when following the path of her famous author mom. Read full book review >

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CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. Read full book review >

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VORTEX by S.J. Kincaid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"A surprisingly and satisfyingly rich middle volume in a trilogy that exceeds popcorn expectations. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Kincaid's sequel to Insignia (2012) moves beyond derivative fun to real depth. Read full book review >

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INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Derivative and sometimes a little silly, but good fun nevertheless. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
An unlikely teen is selected to attend Hogwarts-at-the-Pentagon. Read full book review >

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SACRIFICE by S.J. Bolton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2008

"Lots of rather swoony thrills and escapes, complete with those cute Shetland ponies."
Digging a grave for a favorite horse, an obstetrician on one of the Shetland Islands uncovers a shockingly mutilated corpse, a discovery that will take her into the depths of local legend and scandal, putting both her and her rather shaky marriage in mortal peril. Read full book review >

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FIFTEEN LANES by S.J. Laidlaw
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"Full of complicated characters from across Mumbai's social classes, the novel challenges readers' expectations. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Noor has called a brothel home all her life. Read full book review >

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THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Philosophical, twisty, and addictive. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A genetically engineered killing-machine bodyguard must impersonate her charge in a dangerous galactic court. Read full book review >

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STONE QUARRY by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Though Rozan only borrows from the best, Bill and Lydia's sixth features a few too many echoes of The Big Sleep (the constant shootings and beatings, the tangled mystery, the last buried secret) to scale the heights of No Colder Place (1997) and A Bitter Feast (1998)."
Rozan's highly regarded traversal of p.i. subgenres leaves the city for the poisoned arcadia of upstate Schoharie, where Bill Smith's been vacationing for 18 years without disturbing any dust. Read full book review >