Search Results: "Ann Purser"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

I don’t even know ...


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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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INTERCONTINENTAL LOVE SONG
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Heck Yes!

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist

Bonus Factors: Grunge, Ireland

Relationship Status: First Love

 

Cover Story:  Montell Jordan

This is a pretty clever cover—a denim patch in the shape of Ireland is safety pinned to a ...


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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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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >