Search Results: "Betty Rowlands"


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MISS MINCHIN DIES by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"An excellent puzzle that takes perceptiveness, logic and Sukey's intuition to solve."
The death of a middle-aged spinster competes with the murder of a teenager for the attention of DC Sukey Reynolds (A Fool There Was, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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FINISHING TOUCH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Charmless, with gooey romantic twinges and predictable swipes at greeting-card artist-students, faculty wives, and the like."
Melissa Craig, the most successful crime writer since Agatha Christie (A Little Gentle Sleuthing, 1991), is now offering a course at the Mid-Cotswold College of Arts and Technology, where the usual faculty types abound: the stodgy dean; the Lothario lecturer; the soul-tormented tutor; and the gorgeous, sexy faculty secretary—here, Angelica, who's promoted (just like that) to replacement art teacher. Read full book review >

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THE SCENT OF DEATH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Rowlands might as well have set this case in Starbucks, since it comes from the last inch of the pot."
When a music buff is murdered, DC Sukey Reynolds (Unnatural Wastage, 2012, etc.) toggles between helping her boss, DI Rathbone, and her boyfriend, reporter Harry Matthews.Read full book review >

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ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA...DEAD by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2007

"A pleasant distaff addition to the ranks of the British procedural."
A stabbing at a quiet hotel is the first case for the newest member of the Bristol CID. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL WASTAGE by Betty Rowlands
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Usually brisk Sukey hits the doldrums in her sluggish twelfth outing."
Murder disrupts a block of upscale flats in Bristol. Read full book review >

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SMOKESCREEN by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Domestic lives as dull as their work make this peek at the men and women of the CID quite a slog."
DC Sukey Reynolds (Alpha, Beta, Gamma…Dead, 2007, etc.) investigates the death of a bestselling romance novelist on her isolated country estate. Read full book review >

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EXHAUSTIVE ENQUIRIES by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 1994

"By and large, though, it's all as soothing as a nice game of Clue."
Another unabashedly retro adventure for Agatha Christie- wannabe Melissa Craig (Over the Edge, 1993, etc.), who agrees to write a mystery farce for the Stowbridge Players to perform at Heyshill Manor, the hotel recently acquired by blowhard millionaire Richard Mitchell. Read full book review >

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A FOOL THERE WAS by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Sukey is as intuitive about crime as she is boneheaded about her personal affairs. In the end, though, her charm and stamina win out."
DC Sukey Reynolds (Smokescreen, 2008, etc.) plays one of her famous hunches in linking a routine traffic fatality to a dismembered body washed up by the tide. Read full book review >

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DEATH AT DEARLEY MANOR by Betty Rowlands
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"CID trappings aside, it's the old English village formula, with a cast by turns unmemorable and incredible."
Is Rowlands aiming for a harder edge than in her four novels about ladylike mystery writer Melissa Craig (Exhaustive Enquiries, 1994, etc.)? Read full book review >

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OVER THE EDGE by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 1993

"Disappointing."
A third outing for mystery writer Melissa Craig (Finishing Touch; A Little Gentle Sleuthing) finds her accompanying her Cotswolds artist neighbor Iris to France, where Iris will teach a two-week course at Philippe Bonard's spanking-new language and culture center, while Melissa researches Camisard history for her new thriller. Read full book review >

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BLACK BETTY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"This latest installment, teeming with violence, bitterness, and compassion, is Mosley's finest work yet."
It's 1961, and Easy Rawlins has lost most of what he had five years ago in White Butterfly (1992). Read full book review >

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BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >