Search Results: "Ann Purser"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

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IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE AN IPHONE by Ann Droyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mildly amusing, but something of a one-trick pony. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A conventional but informative story accompanied by dreamlike, pastel-colored illustrations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On New Year's Day, a little Mayan boy is charged with the duties of playing the flute and carrying a drum on his back while leading the people of his village in a parade into town. Read full book review >

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KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >

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ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Summer's real troubles are marred by the inclusion of fantastical Kurt and the predictably pat ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Summer finds herself living with her mother in Paris while attempting to finish high school so she will be eligible to inherit her grandfather's fortune. Read full book review >