Search Results: "Barbara Seranella"


BOOK REVIEW

NO MAN STANDING by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2002

"Seranella's fifth may be her best yet: fast-paced and brainy but with plenty of heart."
Munch Mancini (Unfinished Business, 2001, etc.) is about to realize the dream of a lifetime as she and her daughter Asia prepare to move into the home she's bought with money she's actually earned—as opposed to hustled or stolen—at a legitimate job as a mechanic in a Texaco station in LA. Read full book review >

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2001

"Munch (Unwanted Company, 2000, etc.) talks tough and hangs tougher in this tightly wound tale of cat and mouse."
Life is good for Munch Mancini. Read full book review >

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AN UNACCEPTABLE DEATH by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Even her muddled plot can't spoil Seranella's searching account of a woman coping with the ultimate loss."
The death of her fiancé sends Munch Mancini (Unwilling Accomplice, 2004, etc.) into an emotional tailspin but cannot disrupt her moral compass. Read full book review >

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UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2004

"Many intriguing byways pass by as Seranella coasts along in neutral."
Munch Mancini (Unpaid Dues, 2003, etc.) finds out that blood isn't always thicker than water when she tries to help her adopted daughter Asia reunite with her cousins. Read full book review >

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NO HUMAN INVOLVED by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

"Munch's scenes pulse with such startling immediacy—she's definitely worth another round, even if kindly, sensitive Mace never returns—that first-timer Seranella makes you forget how familiar her story is."
As far as the Venice PD is concerned, the murder of lowlife dealer ``Flower George'' Mancini is a clear case of AVA, NHI- -``asshole versus asshole, no human involved.'' So it's no big deal when Mancini's daughter Munch, the chief suspect in his killing, gives Sgt. Read full book review >

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NO OFFENSE INTENDED by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Munch is still a great heroine, but this follow-up lacks the energy and originality that gave her debut such edgy promise."
It sounds simple enough: Just pick up Sleaze John Garillo's baby Asia from the neighbor who's been watching her while Sleaze has been, uh, busy, and deliver her together with her baby gear to Sleaze's sister Lisa Slokum. Read full book review >

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DEADMAN’S SWITCH by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2007

"As the going gets tough, Charlotte gets less and less quirky—making her initial appeal fade faster than an express train at rush hour."
Seranella takes an upscale break from mechanic-turned-detective Munch Mancini (An Unacceptable Death, 2005, etc.) with this tale of an obsessive-compulsive who specializes in crisis management. Read full book review >

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UNPAID DUES by Barbara Seranella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2003

"Like a well-tuned engine, Seranella's fifth glides perfectly right up to its elegant finish."
When they run the fingerprints of the corpse found in a drainage ditch at the Riviera Country Club, LAPD detectives Mace St. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ADÈLE & SIMON IN AMERICA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adèle and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. Read full book review >

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THE SUBWAY MOUSE by Barbara Reid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bits of real litter and found bric-a-brac in Reid's plasticine subterranean scenes add an air of authenticity to this grand tale of a mouse who leaves his cozy subway station nest to find the fabled "Tunnel's End." Read full book review >