Search Results: "Simon Brett"


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SIMON by Richard Kennedy
Released: Feb. 25, 1954

"Historical romance on an old theme, broad enough to give it new life."
England during Cromwell's revolution, and especially that part of Devon which saw the heat of it, backgrounds an adventure of loyalties and plots, highlights a character and vividly paints the issues with which he has to deal. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Alexander Masters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"A rarefied glimpse at bizarre brilliance."
The breezy biography of a highly eccentric mathematician. Read full book review >

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BRETT McCARTHY by Maria Padian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2008

"The pacing is smooth and the actions build to a sad, if realistic, ending. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bigmouth Brett has two great loves: vocabulary words and soccer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Too painful to be a comfort to other parents and lovers, this is—as it seems meant to be—a tribute to the richness and vitality of a young woman who fought to make every dying day count for life."
The dramatic, sad story of a young woman's prolonged death from cancer, as told by her devastated father. Read full book review >

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DEATH UNDER THE DRYER by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2007

"Incomparably minor Brett, lacking the author's usual wit, and plodding along with the unfinished finesse of a much more modest talent."
When a teenager is murdered, Jude and Carole, Miss Marple clones, investigate. Read full book review >

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SICKEN AND SO DIE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Charles. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Shabby actor-sleuth Charles Paris feels a bit cheerier than usual as this 16th outing begins (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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SINGLED OUT by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's obvious early on where the one-dimensional story is going, but it hurtles along so relentlessly that you won't feel cheated."
Brett takes a shivery break from his comic mysteries about second-rate actor Charles Paris (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.) and comfy widow Melita Pargeter (Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh, 1993, etc.) in this lightning-fast tale of the sins of the father being visited on his children and his children's children. Read full book review >

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SICK SIMON by Dan Krall
by Dan Krall, illustrated by Dan Krall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though the science is not particularly solid, the message is an important one, and with the level of gross in the illustrations, it is sure to get through to young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Krall's latest is a disgusting, tongue-in-cheek lesson in contagiousness. 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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THE CORPSE ON THE COURT by Simon Brett
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Top-flight Brett (Guns in the Gallery, 2012, etc.), with droll potshots at flawed husbands, the women who shouldn't have married them, rabid sports enthusiasts and quasi-tiffs among friends."
Propelled by spite (in Carole's case) and love (in Jude's), the Fethering ladies embark on separate investigations. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE DOWNS by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Occasionally witty, but Brett's send-up of the congenial village mystery needs more companionable protagonists than self-effacing Carole and cryptic Jude (The Body on the Beach, 2000)."
Weldisham, a rural village recently tarted up by London nabobs longing for a place to weekend in the country with all the mod cons, is in for a bit of a shock when Carole Seddon, from the neighboring village of Fethering, takes a walk on the Downs, seeks shelter in a derelict barn during a storm, and discovers two bags full of cleanly picked bones. Read full book review >

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MRS. PARGETER'S POINT OF HONOUR by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Mrs. Pargeter's Point Of Honour ($22.00, Oct.; 272 pp.; 0-684-86295-6) While lesser art thieves, like Veronica Chastaigne's late husband Bennie, wear themselves out merely removing paintings from museum walls, irrepressible Melita Pargeter (Mrs. Pargeter's Plot, 1998, etc.) and her raffish associates try to oblige her dying acquaintance by tackling an infinitely trickier job: returning the paintings Bennie assembled to their rightful owners without leaving a trace. Read full book review >