Search Results: "Susanne Dunlap"


BOOK REVIEW

LISZT’S KISS by Susanne Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"A convincing grasp of Romantic period detail mostly compensates for occasionally clunky dialogue and forays into such bodice-ripping silliness as 'his mouth closed over hers, not so much kissing as devouring her.'"
Sparks fly when bohemians, aristocrats and those in-between collide in this latest historical novel with musical themes, from the author of Émilie's Voice (2005). Read full book review >

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ÉMILIE’S VOICE by Susanne Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2005

"The serpentine and confusing plot aside, musicologist Dunlap's first offers a vivid, entertaining panorama of the period."
A young singer is ensnared by intrigue at the Sun King's court. Read full book review >

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THE ACADÉMIE by Susanne Dunlap
Released: April 10, 2012

"Pass. (Historical romance. 12 & up)"
This peculiar hybrid of fact-checked historical fiction and breathless bodice-ripper chronicles the romantic flings of four teens in 1799 France. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAMP by Susanne Dunlap
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 12, 2011

"Overall, an honorable homage and an absorbing read. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Wrongfully dismissed from her job as a parlor maid, 17-year-old Molly Fraser desperately needs work to help support her impoverished family, but though she's intelligent and hard-working, an illiterate servant girl fired for stealing has little hope of finding respectable employment in 1854 London. Read full book review >

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THE MUSICIAN’S DAUGHTER by Susanne Dunlap
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"While Theresa's naïve and headstrong pursuit of her father's murderer tests credibility, she's a gutsy, sympathetic heroine who remains true to her friends, in a fast-paced historical adventure that offers a hint of romance. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old living in 18th-century Vienna finds herself entwined in political intrigue when she boldly investigates her father's puzzling murder. Read full book review >

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ANASTASIA’S SECRET by Susanne Dunlap
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Anastasia has never been so dull. (cast of characters, author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
What if Grand Duchess Anastasia had a secret lover among the guards who watched over the Romanovs? Read full book review >

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HIGH FALL by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 1994

"Along the way, there'll be such an engaging series of conversations, so many telling forensic details, and such a sure sense of the leading players that only the captious would complain about the disappointing revelations at the end. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Ten years after dying on a fiery Hollywood set in the ill- fated film Bad Companions, nonpareil stuntman Greg Gaige is back in the news. Read full book review >

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JEREMY NORBECK by Sydney Dunlap
Released: March 31, 2014

"A highly appealing novel for tweens about a resourceful animal lover and his family and friends, infused with gentle humor and informative tidbits about animals of all kinds."
In this engaging middle-grade novel, a fifth-grader tries to find a way to earn money for the upkeep of his assorted pets. Read full book review >

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KARMA by Susan Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"The title story makes this barely-a-collection worth a closer look—especially if you missed it the first time around."
The other stories promised by the subtitle are nothing more than a pair of six-year-old curtain-raisers for the main event, the 185-page 1981 novella "Karma." Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 31, 2001

Despite Dunlap's loyalty to California in her novels, variety is the keynote in these 17 reprints (1978-99). Read full book review >

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TIME EXPIRED by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1993

"Despite occasional sags and Jill's tiresome musings on Madeleine's psyche: an adroitly plotted, consistently interesting police procedural and one of the author's best."
Berkeley's Homicide Detective Jill Smith (Death and Taxes, 1992, etc.) is the negotiator in a hostage threat, played out in a local canyon, that turns out to be phony but seems to be connected to a rash of mostly harmless practical jokes recently plaguing the hated cops of the parking-meter squad. Read full book review >

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SUDDEN EXPOSURE by Susan Dunlap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1996

"Lots of fuss; no fire."
In an eighth outing, Jill Smith, the author's Berkeley-based policewoman (Time Expired, 1993, etc.), recently on Homicide detail, goes back to patrol duty when Detective Sergeant Brucker arrives from Sacramento and takes over her job. Read full book review >