Search Results: "Susan Spencer-Wendel"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A poignant, wise love story."
With the assistance of Witter (Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, 2011, etc.), crime reporter Spencer-Wendel chronicles her life and the decisions she has made since being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"An appealing mix of baseball and cultural history."
During one of the most tumultuous years in our history, a remarkable baseball season unfolded. Read full book review >

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CASTRO'S CURVEBALL by Tim Wendel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A superbly crafted meditation on heroism, duty, and the irony derived from recognizing everyone's imperfections but your own."
A wry, ruefully nostalgic debut novel from USA Today sportswriter Wendel (Going for the Gold, 1980) puts a naive American baseball player on a misguided quest for heroism as he tries to persuade a young Fidel Castro to pitch for the Washington Senators. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2003

"No great surprises here—but deeply affecting and impressive under one roof. (16-page color photo insert, not seen)"
A workmanlike overview of the giant contribution Latinos have made to the game of baseball. Read full book review >

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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >

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BYGONES by LaVyrle Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Apart from some frantic sex, it's as sunny and bland as milk pudding—though with a selling uplift message."
By the author of Forgiving and other romances, a sizable stretch of musing and talk as a couple, divorced six years before, find their way back together. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH MAKER by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"The dark secrets behind the bright flames make Spencer's latest a first-class chiller."
Still fascinated by fire, Spencer goes from Guy Fawkes revelry (The Enemy Within, 2003) to serious witch-burnings as Charlie Woodend finds a town so inbred even his stubborn cloggin-it can't make a dent. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD HAND OF HISTORY by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Monika carries the torch nobly as Spencer's franchise keeps its edge."
Two grisly murders at a bakery provide a trial by fire for Charlie Woodend's protégée. Read full book review >

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THE TIPPING POINT OF OLIVER BASS by Larry Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2017

"A page-turning mystery with a frustrating protagonist from a veteran storyteller."
A pathologically arrogant, wealthy young man sets off on a journey of self-discovery, family tragedy, and sexual conquest in Spencer's modern California noir debut. Read full book review >

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THE FEDOROVICH FILE by Ross Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1991

"Very strained, but old pro Spencer keeps it all moving with spurts of narrative gusto."
Leaden follow-up to the lighthearted, ebullient The Devereaux File (1990), which introduced Ohio p.i. Read full book review >