Search Results: "Shirley Tallman"


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SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL by Shirley Tallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 30, 2010

"Sarah's fourth (The Cliff House Strangler, 2007, etc.) neatly marries mystery, romance and historic San Francisco in an enjoyable tale of the stubbornly independent career woman."
Multiple murders and a maltreated mistress are all in a day's work for 19th-century San Francisco attorney Sarah Woolson. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL by Shirley Tallman
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Tallman continues to surround her plucky, intelligent heroine (Scandal on Rincon Hill, 2010, etc.) with historical tidbits and a strong mystery."
A San Francisco attorney's determination to take on unusual cases is driving her parents crazy. Read full book review >

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THE CLIFF HOUSE STRANGLER by Shirley Tallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2007

"Tallman's intelligent heroine (The Russian Hill Murders, 2005) is a delight."
1881 San Francisco provides the setting for a series of brutal murders. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN HILL MURDERS by Shirley Tallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2005

"Tallman's colorful social history sits uneasily in the frame of a historical romance, and Sarah and her foes tend to sound the same choleric note over and over."
When Sarah Woolson (Murder on Nob Hill, 2004) joins the fundraising effort for a hospital sorely needed in 19th-century San Francisco, she finds herself with an immigrant widow, a handsome shipping magnate and a Chinese cook for clients. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON NOB HILL by Shirley Tallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 2004

"Lively details of a lively time and place spice up a typically feisty heroine's struggles against sexism."
It's a wonder the ERA still hasn't passed, considering all the proto-feminist sleuths turning up in American historical fiction. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY by Susan Scarf Merrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"A sidelong portrait of a category-defying writer dovetails surprisingly snugly with the drama of one young woman's coming-of-age."
Fictional newlyweds spend a year living with the author Shirley Jackson in this brooding novel. Read full book review >

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A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A haunting story of humanity's herd mentality, brilliantly rendered."
A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO SHIRLEY by Kelly McMasters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2008

"Sincere and expertly researched, but as the story moves away from personal narrative into statistics, history and science lessons, it becomes less compelling."
Powerful though flawed debut explores the author's happy childhood next to a controversial nuclear laboratory that leaked toxic waste into a Long Island aquifer. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 16, 1978

"Sparkling."
Through a bathtub drain astride a rubber duck is an unlikely route to a medieval fantasy—for one thing most children's fantasies about drains are nightmares and for another bathrooms and jousting fields haven't the natural association of the pirate ship and beach in Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977). Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >