Book Summaries & Reviews

In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower--Reviews


A thrilling mystery unfolds on an idyllic college campus. 

Author Alan Kirby has created an intriguing and thought-provoking novel.  There are many twists and turns in the story, and the ending is unforeseen and simply clever.


One has to hope that Coop and Kelly will team up again; this would be a wonderful series! Reader's Favorite (5 Stars)


Alan Kirby has created a first-class mystery that also puts on display his intrinsic knowledge of university life. Woven within the plot he explores the issues of free speech, tolerance for opposing opinions and the governance of higher educational facilities.


He cleverly interlaces real life events to bring story line issues into focus. There is also some welcome humor.  In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower is well-written and well thought out, peopled with solid, believable characters.Reader's Favorite (5 Stars)


Kirby writes in a steady, polished prose that deftly captures the staid scholasticism of academia...The author clearly has an insider's knowledge of how a university operates, and he offers some valid critiques of the increasingly corporate model. —Kirkus Reviews


Plot: The plot has a good blend of real life-inspired events, social issues, and a mystery that not only keeps readers on their toes but also has a very surprising ending. There's even a good amount of humor infused into the plot.

Prose: Kirby does a wonderful job of keeping the prose smooth and interesting, and the subjects seamlessly tied together. 

Originality: This story has a refreshingly different point of view regarding college life and the mystery occurring on campus. Readers will find this a fresh read.

Character Development: The characters presented in this book are all well-written, each exhibiting subtle quirks, from humorous to scary and unstable. Every character stood out as an individual and their arcs are clear and well rendered.—Critic’s Report for The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly.



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