Search Results: "Ann Purser"


BOOK REVIEW

THEFT ON THURSDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"For all its complications, though, Purser's latest village puzzler is all village and no puzzle."
A vicar brings a troubled past and an equally dicey future to his new pulpit at Long Farnden. Read full book review >

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SECRETS ON SATURDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A real page-turner, with an ending that fails to live up to its exciting premise."
The cleaning service New Brooms has involved its owner in solving several crimes (Fear on Friday, 2005, etc.), but her latest entanglement is the nastiest and most dangerous of all. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON MONDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"First-class work in the English-village genre (The Neighbor's Wife, not reviewed, etc.): cleverly plotted, with thoroughly believable characters, rising tension, and a smashing climax."
Now that her two sons have followed her daughter Josie to school and her mother is helping on the home front, Lois Meade has time to look around her. Read full book review >

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FEAR ON FRIDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Interesting characters don't quite justify the effort to disentangle the dense web of humdrum information en route to the ho-hum ending."
When the unsavory mayor of Tresham is found dead in his fish pond, Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill calls on the owner of New Brooms for help digging up the dirt. Read full book review >

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TERROR ON TUESDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"A modest village mystery most notable for the careful way Purser roots every shocking malfeasance in the rhythms and woes of ordinary working-class family life."
Not exactly terror, perhaps, but skullduggery of all sorts greets housecleaner Lois Meade when she opens a cleaning service in the village of Long Farnden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANN TENNA by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Zany with a touch of uplifting. You will be measurably hipper after reading it."
A high-spirited graphic novel skewers the Twitterati. Read full book review >

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SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN IN AUTUMN by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Agreeable entertainment until the ridiculous denouement."
Maupin continues his popular Tales of the City saga (Michael Tolliver Lives, 2007, etc.) with the return to San Francisco of Mary Ann Singleton after 20 years in the cushy Connecticut suburbs. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING FOR EMILY ANN by Teresa Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"While there are few books that even mention kids' complaints about the November holiday, the majority of Thanksgiving-themed books address gratitude much more meaningfully (and realistically). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid's perspective on Thanksgiving Day points out all the inconveniences of the holiday. Read full book review >