Search Results: "Triss Stein"


BOOK REVIEW

MURDER AT THE CLASS REUNION by Triss Stein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 1993

"Maybe you can go back to high school again—especially if you've never left."
You can't go home again, magazine reporter Kay Engels learns when she flies up to Falls City, New York, for her high-school reunion— only to find her old flame Chris Campbell happily married, his thrice- married cousin Terry carrying on with ever-infatuated Richie McDowell, and a third Campbell cousin, Tony, having to break off his chastely budding romance with Kay when he's accused of Terry's murder. Read full book review >

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DIGGING UP DEATH by Triss Stein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1998

"Motivation lacks credibility, and Kay's first-person narrative spends too much time on inner angst, but most readers will find the archaeological lore and Brighton Beach background at least mildly diverting."
A somewhat slicker follow-up to the debut novel that introduced features reporter Kay Engels (Murder at the Class Reunion, 1993). Read full book review >

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BROOKLYN WARS by Triss Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Though Stein doesn't seem to notice it, her heroine comes off as self-absorbed, uninterested in other characters until it suits her. Readers might be more motivated to see her learn an important lesson than solve another mystery."
The murder of a community organizer sparks the academic interest of a student of Brooklyn history who wants to include the back story in her dissertation. Read full book review >

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BROOKLYN BONES by Triss Stein
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Although Stein (Digging Up Death, 1998, etc.) generates a few memorable exchanges between the quirkier characters, most of what happens is no more exciting than you'd expect from a week in Brooklyn."
A skeleton found in a Brooklyn row home opens a door to a past mystery and maybe a present-day killer. Read full book review >

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BROOKLYN SECRETS by Triss Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"The lack of resolution or care in wrapping up the mystery makes it clear that Stein's interests lie elsewhere, perhaps in informing readers about the borough's history. The threads of old Brooklyn, modern menace, and Erica's own life never quite come together."
A single mother in graduate school puts aside her research on Brooklyn to learn more about why a local girl has been beaten. Read full book review >

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BROOKLYN GRAVES by Triss Stein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2014

"Offers promising developments for Erica and Chris, but readers will find little to work with."
In the second book of Stein's (Brooklyn Bones, 2013, etc.) Erica Donato Mysteries series, a grad student and mother wrestles with a puzzle related to her history work—only to find more questions that hit closer to home. Read full book review >

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FRANKLIN STEIN by Ellen Raskin
Released: March 18, 1972

"Moral support for the lonely genius, and — being Raskin — it's ORIGINAL, CREATIVE and ARTISTIC."
Like his once-removed namesake, Franklin Stein labors alone in a creaky old house and brings forth a monster — this one named Fred and made of a mop, potato masher, necktie, skateboard, slats, fan, lamp, rake, feathers, etc. Franklin's family and neighbors and some wildly assorted passersby label Fred "WICKED ABOMINABLE DUMB SINISTER ATROCIOUS WEIRD REVOLTING" — until he wins the pet show blue ribbon and the judge's citation: "ORIGINAL CREATIVE ARTISTIC SUPERB." Read full book review >

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STEIN HOUSE by Myra Hargrave McIlvain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2013

"A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas."
Historical fiction is anything but boring in McIlvain's (Legacy, 2012, etc.) latest work. Read full book review >

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ALLAN STEIN by Matthew Stadler
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A hackneyed portrayal of gay lust: vacuous, pointless, and tasteless in the extreme."
A pedophilic fantasy by the popular gay novelist (The Sex Offender, 1994, etc.) whose earlier work showed signs of a vivid imagination rather reluctantly reined in. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This isn't anything like a blatant grab for Captain Underpants fans, oh no. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An anything-but-subtle tale about learning to get along with others, infused with bathroom humor and featuring a pint-sized Morticia Addams as main character. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Perhaps the most convincing marker of the success of this collection is that, in addition to conveying so much about these correspondents, it prompts one to regret anew the decline of letter writing."
By giving both sides of an ongoing written conversation, this useful collection offers an unusual portrait of a long and important literary friendship. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A smart showcase of a half-century's worth of pathways in fiction."
A compendium of The Paris Review's short story hits, curated with the ambitious, aspiring writer in mind. Read full book review >