Search Results: "Shirley Tallman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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ALLIE, THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER by Shirley Menendez
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For a better spin on the origin of tinsel, try Shirley Climo's Cobweb Christmas (2001). (Picture book. 4-8)"
With her charming illustrations of a world populated entirely with rabbits, Kneen (Mouse Tail Moon, p. 1479, etc.) succeeds in elevating this rather pedestrian version of an old tale to a higher level. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY BUSINESS by Shirley Climo
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"A playful collection that can inspire a classroom unit, a storyteller or a child interested in animal lore. (Folklore. 8-11)"
On your way home from the zoo, pick up this anthology of lively folktales, proverbs and fun facts about the world's monkeys and their relationship to people. Read full book review >

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THE BIG RACE by Shirley Glaser
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"For collectors of celebrity crossovers. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
The creators of the overdressed Alphazeds (2003) follow up with a less fussy, but uninspired remake of the perennially popular "Tortoise and the Hare." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE IRISH CINDERLAD by Shirley Climo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1996

"With an author's note on sources, this is a good addition to folklore collections and a must for collectors of Cinderella variants. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
To her series of retellings (The Egyptian Cinderella, 1989; The Korean Cinderella, 1993) Climo adds this Irish version featuring a large-footed male character sometimes called Billy Beg and here named Becan. Read full book review >