Search Results: "Susanne Alleyn"


BOOK REVIEW

PALACE OF JUSTICE by Susanne Alleyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"A fiendishly clever and compelling mystery set in a grim, gripping vision of Paris where there is no justice, only shades of gray."
Alleyn's fourth (The Cavalier of the Apocalypse, 2009, etc.) takes readers back in time to Aristide Ravel's second major case, during the Terror after the French Revolution. Read full book review >

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THE CAVALIER OF THE APOCALYPSE by Susanne Alleyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 2009

"An intriguing prequel to Ravel's revolutionary adventures (A Treasury of Regret, 2007, etc.) with a nice twist in the denouement."
A murder in 1786 Paris turns a hack writer into a first-rate detective. Read full book review >

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A TREASURY OF REGRET by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2007

"Alleyn's historical authenticity—extending to a bibliography, glossary and other explanatory features—lifts her competent and conventional whodunit above the ordinary."
As the French Revolution comes to an end, a wealthy patriarch perishes along with it. Read full book review >

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A FAR BETTER REST by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2000

"Not all bad by any means, but Dickens's Tale remains the gold standard, and Alleyn's bold effort is little more than a pale imitation of it."
Canned history and muted histrionics are dutifully paraded in this earnest, overlong debut, which retells Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities from the viewpoint of the improbably heroic Sydney Carton. Read full book review >

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The Executioner's Heir by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2013

"A well-researched, robust tale featuring an endearing executioner."
Alleyn (Palace of Justice, 2010, etc.), author of several historical mysteries set in France, fashions a dramatic tale based on an actual family of executioners in 18th-century Paris. Read full book review >

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GAME OF PATIENCE by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2006

"Alleyn simultaneously considers the destruction caused by the Revolution as well as the smaller domestic mysteries of love lost and betrayed. The result can be compelling if sometimes over-ambitious and pretentious."
The French Revolution may have resulted in liberty for some, but Alleyn's latest dispatch from Revolutionary France (A Far Better Rest, 2000) examines the lives of those left behind. Read full book review >

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DISCOVERY OF DESIRE by Susanne Lord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"If you like your romance with the sweetness of Mary Balogh's novels or the anguish of Sherry Thomas', this is one to cherish."
How do two lovers, with nary an aristocratic title or fortune between them, find their happy-ever-after in 1850s Bombay and London? Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNE CATCHER by Susanne Pari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 1997

"The turns and twists can be more dizzying than riveting, but, still, an accomplished first novel about loving dangerously in dangerous times."
A plot-twisting debut about two lovers caught up in the Islamic Revolution of the '70s who defy torture, a monstrous grandmother, and a psychopathic spy. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDE OF THE WIND by Susanne Keegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A classy woman—even as an old fatty hooked on benedictine. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Steadily intelligent, musically aware, sympathetic but objective life of the wife and goddess of Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, novelist Franz Werfel, and a handful of geniuses who loved her unstintedly. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1991

"Well written and researched—though more about socioeconomic than intellectual Jewish gains. (Twelve illustrations—not seen.)"
An absorbing study of American Jews who first broke the ``color line'' at the humanities faculties of Ivy League colleges. Read full book review >

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IMPOSTER by Susanne Winnacker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers will probably recall the X-Men universe and wish these characters were as well-drawn. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
This attempt at a teen paranormal-thriller/romance novel is about as satisfying to fans of the genre as a cup of weak herbal tea would be to a thirsty vampire. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLIES by Susanne Gervay
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While vividly documenting the devastating aftereffects of severe burns, this effort never fully captures the protagonist's spirit, making for a frustrating, emotionally draining read. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
This Australian import powerfully depicts the lasting damage of third-degree burns. Read full book review >