Search Results: "Vivien Bowers"


BOOK REVIEW

HEY CANADA! by Vivien Bowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Still, for armchair tourists, a broad if rosy picture of our neighbor to the north. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Arrays of small color photos, cartoons and occasional comic-book pages provide visuals for a young traveler's lively if superficial account of a quick province-by-province drive across Canada. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REWIND by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"One wishes the workmanlike Armstrong (Dead in the Water, 1999, etc.) would try a less schematic approach."
The combination of no suicide note and plenty of alcohol make lead Det. Insp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND THE PALE by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Armstrong (Rewind, 2001, etc.) handles multiple threads deftly as she weaves an arresting tale of love, betrayal, and murder."
Chiaroscuro, the art club run by suave Brit Bruce Foxon and noisy American Sophie Neuman, is the top drawer of London chic, enticing sophisticates like Lebanese Suki Nadhouri with luminaries like Ken Tyler, noted expert on Asian ceramics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KIND OF THIEF by Vivien Alcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"As usual with this fine author (The Cuckoo Sister, 1986), compelling dialogue, imaginative plotting, and unusual insight into moral frailties and some unexpected strengths tie it all together. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From the moment when 13-year-old Elinor is awakened by the police arresting her father for embezzlement, Alcock's latest exploration of the dynamics of uncommon troubles holds attention. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED-EARED GHOSTS by Vivien Alcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Grand fun. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Alcock (Singer to the Sea God, 1993, etc.) leavens this fantasy with generous doses of her usual sly wit, raising it a cut above other time-travel tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD IN THE WATER by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"306, etc.) this time seems to be modeling herself on lesser Agatha Christie—They Came to Baghdad, say—with prose as cluttered as her plot."
The worst thing about working as a dentist's receptionist is that it just never ends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2006

"Uncertain in organization and thin on insight—a blown opportunity."
A veteran reggae observer offers her take on an icon's defining statement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINGER TO THE SEA GOD by Vivien Alcock
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, a good yarn. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A novelist with an impressive range—psychological suspense (The Trial of Anna Cotman, 1990), engaging fantasy (The Monster Garden, 1988), and more—takes a markedly different tack with a quest set in ancient Greece and drawing freely on its myths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE MURDER by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2006

"Armstrong (Smile Now, Die Later, 2003, etc.) presents an interesting cast, but the ending is a bit of a letdown."
An all-expense-paid holiday on the Isle of Man seems just the ticket to get a detective chief inspector back in shape after he's stabbed while trying to prevent a mugging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEIGHT OF HAND by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"The sort of mystery in which the clues are better handled than the characters (the Agatha Christie influence), but, still, a perfectly respectable first effort."
Imagine the shock that Francis Swayne's char gets when she discovers the dead barrister—hanging from a bathroom beam—in frilly lingerie, lip rouge, and a red wig. Read full book review >