Search Results: "Steve Hockensmith"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLMES ON THE RANGE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"Hockensmith's debut is a winning twist on a proven franchise. Playful chapter titles add authenticity and flavor."
Inspired by the Baker Street genius, a Montana cowboy solves some murders at the cattle ranch where he works. Read full book review >

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SECRET AGENT GADGET BATTLE by Bob Pflugfelder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hot-glue-gun fans will barely need the story that surrounds this new set of do-it-yourself gadget projects, but the continuing mystery will keep readers wanting more. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Determined to uncover the identity of the secret agent who seems to be right inside their uncle Newt's house with them, 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla construct a variety of spy-revealing gadgets in this third of an ongoing mystery-and-how-to series. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Another fast-paced mystery and treat for technophiles. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Gadget-happy twins Nick and Tesla return to build some robots and solve a series of burglaries. Read full book review >

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WORLD'S GREATEST SLEUTH! by Steve Hockensmith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"The Amlingmeyers are amiable, the deductifying acceptable, but the funny stuff isn't always that laughable."
In their fifth "Holmes on the Range" adventure, the deductifyin' Amlingmeyer brothers (The Crack in the Lens, 2009, etc.) razzle-dazzle 'em in Chicago. Read full book review >

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ON THE WRONG TRACK by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2007

"No sophomore slump in Big Red and Old Red's second case: crackling pace, lots of humor and appealing Wild West flavor."
Sherlock wannabes track a killer on a train. Read full book review >

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THE CRACK IN THE LENS by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"The Holmes on the Range series has seen better days: The boys still charm, but not enough to redeem some dreary plotting and tired prose."
The cowboy Sherlocks ride again (The Black Dove, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BLACK DOVE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2008

"Hockensmith's third Holmes on the Range mystery is buoyant and consistently entertaining. Cheeky chapter titles add additional zip."
Fraternal Wild West detectives solve another case and still get no respect. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE MAGIC FIVE & DIME by Steve Hockensmith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2014

"Hockensmith (World's Greatest Sleuth, 2011, etc.) and Falco provide their tough-cookie heroine with such an appealing line of patter that it's no surprise when Logan asks her, 'Are you nuts or do you just not give a crap?'"
A telemarketer hikes out to the Arizona hinterlands to claim an unlikely inheritance from an even more unlikely mother. Read full book review >

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FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >

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GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors uncork their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."
A fortuneteller gets the surprise of her life. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG WRIGHTS by Chris Kientz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"There are more than a few loose threads left a-dangle, but this lightweight adventure packs a decent quantity of historical fill. (Graphic fantasy. 8-11)"
Four young visitors to the National Air and Space Museum scotch an attempt to rewrite the entire history of aeronautics in this Smithsonian-centric series opener. Read full book review >

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CLAWS AND EFFECT by Chris Kientz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The infodumps aren't heavy, but this isn't much more than a vehicle for its tidbits of history and science. (graphic afterword) (Graphic fantasy. 8-11)"
The sudden appearance of dinosaurs in place of house pets and other modern animals sends four young time travelers scurrying back into the past in search of history-changing meddlers. Read full book review >