Search Results: "Sara Maitland"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Strong and challenging work from a highly skilled writer who, apart from a tendency toward argumentative stridency, may be counted among the best of her generation."
The metaphysics of feminism and the baroque influence of the late Angela Carter are weighty presences in this generally accomplished collection of 30 stories by British author Maitland (Ancestral Truths, 1994), etc. A suave, amused narrative voice—sometimes first-person, sometimes omniscient, unafraid to address the reader directly—is a virtual constant in these witty, skillfully woven tales, whose variety and vitality are compromised chiefly by a recurring (and off-putting) impression of smugness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Uplifting, if somewhat unorthodox."
A novelist, feminist, and amateur theologian provides both food for thought and a more user-friendly deity for disaffected Christians. Read full book review >

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ANCESTRAL TRUTHS by Sara Maitland
Released: Feb. 11, 1994

"Intelligent if earnest writing as Maitland fearlessly tackles the great mysteries: an often old-fashioned novel that is also an affecting story of love in its infinite variety."
Mysteries sacred and profane—daughter Clare may have murdered her husband—are provocatively plumbed as the high-minded Kerslakes gather for their holiday in Scotland. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Flaws aside, the author provides a pensive, often-invigorating blend of cultural anthropology and walking tour."
An imaginative study examining both the vital role forests play in fairy stories and their vanishing significance from modern life. Read full book review >

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COMPANY OF LIARS by Karen Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Decidedly not your English teacher's Chaucer, but creepy, suspenseful fun."
Nine pilgrims try to outrun the Black Death in first novelist Maitland's sensational take on The Canterbury Tales. Read full book review >

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BABEL by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Maitland has always been a notable spinner of mysteries, but his fifth case continues to extend his range, depth, and mastery into Ruth Rendell territory."
The shooting of a controversial prof in front of horrified witnesses reunites shaky DS Kathy Kolla, sidelined after the traumatic showdown of Silvermeadow (2002), with Chief Inspector David Brock. Read full book review >

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ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you'd expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter."
DS Harry Belltree ruffled and singed so many feathers in Sydney Homicide in his explosive first appearance (Crucifixion Creek, 2014, etc.) that he's been rusticated to far-off Newcastle. It's not nearly far enough to ensure the safety of himself, his blind, pregnant wife, Jenny, or assorted well-connected lowlifes. Read full book review >

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THE MALCONTENTA by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The ever-more-loose-cannon-coppers structure lends the escalating revelations about Alex Petrou and his employers a depth, bite, and nuance that are well worth the inevitable implausibility."
Exiled for a year from the Metropolitan Police to the Family and Juvenile Crime unit in the Kent County CID, Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla thinks she'd like nothing better than a juicy sudden death. Read full book review >

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CHELSEA MANSIONS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Satisfyingly rich fare for puzzle addicts and conspiracy theorists alike, capped by a string of climactic fireworks that are still exploding in the very last paragraph."
A pair of murders apparently related only by their proximity in time and place—London's normally homicide-free Chelsea district—provides the latest challenge for the Met's DI Kathy Kolla and DCI David Brock (Dark Mirror, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"The complications may be far-fetched, but Maitland's ability to root them deeply in the psychology of his characters and spring surprises that seem as inevitable as they are unexpected make for another deeply satisfying case."
The financial pinch has come to the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Squad, along with all manner of cutting-edge technology that's supposed to allow the police to do more with less. And it would be hard to say which of the two is the bigger problem. Read full book review >

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THE RABBIT, THE FOX, AND THE WOLF by Sara
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"That rabbit is taking a terrrible chance; still, the art here is extraordinary and the outcome, at the least, provocative. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another wordless book from the creator of Across Town (1990). Read full book review >

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THE CHALON HEADS by Barry Maitland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The third and finest case so far for this underrated pair of coppers (The Malcontenta, 2000, etc), and the most satisfyingly twisty mystery of the year."
Chief Inspector David Brock has nothing but bad memories of Sammy Starling, the petty crook he helped build a case against years ago. Read full book review >