Search Results: "Sarah R. Shaber"


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LOUISE'S DILEMMA by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A third adventure for Louise (Louise's Gamble, 2012, etc.) gets her away from her index cards and gives her confidence in her own judgment in Shaber's well-paced, almost plausible twist on history."
A determined government employee follows her hunch, no matter the cost. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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SIMON SAID by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"Still, an accomplished debut."
A first novel set in Raleigh, N.C., where Pulitzer Prizewinner Simon Shaw teaches history at small, prestigious Kenan College, built largely on the estate once owned by the Bloodsworth family—now reduced to a distant cousin and her son Bobby Hinton, a student at Kenan. Read full book review >

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LOUISE'S CHANCE by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Louise's fifth outing (Louise's Dilemma, 2013, etc.) once again takes the smart and independent heroine into one of the lesser-known arenas of the war. Solid characterizations and a faithful re-creation of wartime life more than make up for the leisurely pace."
An intelligence agent gets more than she bargained for when she's promoted during the final days of World War II. Read full book review >

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LOUISE'S WAR by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Less cozy than Shaber's Simon Shaw series (Shell Game, 2008, etc.), and a virtual primer on how narrow minded 1940s society was, with women expected to get coffee for their bosses, homosexuals to hide their preference and people of color to accept job discrimination."
An OSS file draws the attention of a young widow. And a murderer. Read full book review >

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SHELL GAME by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2007

"Interesting prehistory background (did Caucasians settle the Americas before the Indians?), but Shaw is not so much grief-stricken as bourbon-soaked. A lesser effort from the usually warmly cozy Shaber."
Simon Shaw (The Bug Funeral, 2004, etc.) solves the murder of his best friend. Read full book review >

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THE FUGITIVE KING by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"If you can overlook Simon's tedious romantic dithering, there's much to admire, from insights into ginseng harvesting to explanations of Indian-trail trees, from multi-casserole southern family dinners to devious plotting."
After serving 40 years for confessing to the 1958 murder of Eva Potter, the girl who spurned him, Roy Freedman learns that her corpse has finally turned up. Read full book review >

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LOUISE'S LIES by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Even though the quietly courageous heroine acts a little more impulsively than usual, her sixth adventure is a worthy addition to the franchise."
A stop in a tavern for a simple nightcap leads a war worker into unexpected complexities. Read full book review >

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LOUISE'S GAMBLE by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"An alarming reminder of how sexist life was back in the '40s and how the Mafia took root in Sicily."
The indignities of being a woman during World War II in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

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THE BUG FUNERAL by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2004

Past-life memories implicate a contemporary heroine in a baby's burial a century ago. Read full book review >

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SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

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SNIPE HUNT by Sarah Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2000

"If only Shaw's whining and romancing were half as compelling."
The Pearlies of Pearlie Beach, a North Carolina resort, seem content to let the sea keep its treasures. Read full book review >