Search Results: "S.J. Gazan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DINOSAUR FEATHER by S.J. Gazan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Gazan's approach to the genre—everyone serves as his or her own detective searching for the solution to his or her own mystery—is more Fyodor Dostoevsky than Agatha Christie. The results are uneven, and the ending is inevitably anticlimactic, but the journey there is a revelation."
This Danish debut manages to combine white-hot academic debates, well-nigh universal family dysfunction and murder most foul. Read full book review >

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THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 11, 2014

"A satisfying mystery peopled with characters readers will be happy they've come to know. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This absorbing mystery might or might not be paranormal, but it's certainly constantly interesting. Read full book review >

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AWAKENING by S.J. Bolton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2009

"Bolton (Sacrifice, 2008) overplots on occasion, but her heroine, so troubled and so valiant, is irresistible."
There is love, murder and snakes in the grass in a picturesque English village. 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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ON THE LINE by S.J. Rozan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"All the twists you'd expect from Rozan, but speeded up within an inch of their lives, just like the summer movie this yarn ought to spawn."
Lydia Chin's been kidnapped, and Bill Smith has only 12 action-packed hours to find her. Read full book review >

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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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A Time To Act by S.J. Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"A devout yet deeply imaginative tale that focuses on the Apostle Paul."
A debut novel fleshes out one of the greatest stories ever told. Read full book review >

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GHOST HERO by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Pleasantly foolish, insubstantial and harmless, though Bill's extended turn as Oblomov is a little hard to take. Are the lowlife creeps who chase high art really that gullible?"
Now that she's been rescued from her kidnappers (On the Line, 2010, etc.), Chinatown PI Lydia Chin deserves a bit of a holiday: a madcap search for some paintings that may or may not be authentic, and may or may not actually exist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ABSENT FRIENDS by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"The connections, in fact, are unsurprising and anticlimactic, especially after the long buildup. But Rozan pulls off a group portrait that's both grandly scaled and painfully intimate. It's a pleasure to see all the stuff she's been hoarding over those ten years with her p.i. duo."
After eight mysteries mining the complicated relationship between private eyes Lydia Chin and Bill Smith (the Edgar-winning Winter and Night, 2002, etc.), Rozan makes her crossover bid with an ambitious study of a 9/11 hero's clay feet. Read full book review >

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CONCOURSE by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Richly and rewardingly plottedthough, as in Bill and Lydia's debut, there are as many felonies and perps as on the eleven o'clock news."
Chinatown p.i. Read full book review >