Search Results: "W.J. Burley"


BOOK REVIEW

WYCLIFFE AND THE LAST RITES by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Rather slow-paced, talky, but nicely atmospheric police procedural."
The Cornish riverside village of Moresk is home to some quietly skewed characters, among them twin sisters Kathy and Jessica Dobell—Kathy is married to prosperous contractor Abe Geach; Jessica is running the worn-out farm left by their parents and eking out her bare living with cleaning chores at the town church. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE HOUSE OF FEAR by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Burley's 26th (Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery, 1994, etc.) is stronger on suspects and atmosphere than on plot, with the ceremonious trappings of the Cornish procedural more dutiful than compelling."
Five years after a boating accident relieved Roger Kemp of his first wife Julia, his second, Bridget, is shot on her way home from an evening at Scrabble. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE CYCLE OF DEATH by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Burley has done better."
Another case in Cornwall for ever more introspective Chief Superintendent Wycliffe (Wycliffe and the Tangled Web, etc.), who's now called to Penzance when Matthew Glynn is found strangled in the bookshop his family has owned for decades. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE DUNES MYSTERY by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 1994

"A workmanlike but drab and sometimes clumsy addition to Burley's series of procedurals in the British tradition."
Chief Superintendent Charles Wycliffe (Wycliffe and the Last Rites, 1993, etc.) investigates the 15-year-old death of Cochran Wilder, black-sheep son of a member of Parliament, whose skeletonized body has been uncovered in the sand dunes of a Cornwall beach by a violent storm. Read full book review >

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WYCLIFFE AND THE DEAD FLAUTIST by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Contrived motivation, unconvincing relationships, slow-motion pace, and a Wycliffe detached and sluggish add up to tepid stuff- -well below the Burley norm (Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue, etc., etc.)."
Chief Superintendent Wycliffe at his most introspective as he confronts the murder, ineptly disguised as suicide, of Tony Miller, estate foreman of the Duloe estate, spread along the Fal river in Wycliffe's peaceful Cornish turf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES BALDWIN: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
Released: March 28, 1989

James Baldwin—distinguished novelist and essayist, passionate advocate for civil rights, "witness" (his own self-description) of enormous personal magnetism, and associate of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy—is a dream subject for a literary biographer; and if Baldwin hasn't found his dream biographer in Weatherby (Conversations with Marilyn; Squaring Off: Mailer versus Baldwin), the result here is at least serviceable and often absorbing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANITOULIN MEMORIES by W.J. Reeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2012

"A beautiful, tragic glimpse into isolation, family and coming of age."
An aging New Yorker reflects on his childhood growing up on a Canadian island in novelist Reeves' (Bada Bing in Brooklyn, 2012, etc.) linked story collection. Read full book review >

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DEAD IN THE WATER by W.J. Chaput
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 1991

"Nothing original—or even very mysterious—happens, but Chaput (The Man on the Train, 1986) puts a fresh and welcome spin on every incident and every screwy type."
A pair of crowded, noisy scenes at Mildred's, a Massachusetts North Shore hangout, frame this shaggy, offspeed mystery; and by the fade-out, you'll have grown to love all hands present—especially Ozzie Barrett, a lackadaisical trawler who turns detective to clear his lovable, erratic Uncle Barry (whom Ozzie has just sprung from the loony bin where his two spinster aunts had committed him so that one of them could get married without his carryings-on) from a charge of killing well-to-do local widow Veronica Hammond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2000

"The poems in this volume do indeed reflect a national history, messy and complex, strident and joyful in the most tragic of circumstances."
Mc Cormack, a professor of literary history at the University of London, has woven together a fascinating and problematic anthology. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A troubling, important assessment of Yeats's life and work."
A cogent—and densely scholarly—political study by Dublin historian and librarian Mc Cormack that delves uneasily into Yeats's flirtation with fascism and eugenics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERKELEY AT WAR by W.J. Rorabaugh
Released: April 13, 1989

Taking the events that shook U Cal at Berkeley and the city itself during the 1960's as a paradigm, Rorabaugh (The Craft Apprentice, 1985) manages in this evocative and smoothly written work to comment on the major national concerns of the period. Read full book review >