Search Results: "Charlene Bell Dietz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FLAPPER, THE SCIENTIST, AND THE SABOTEUR by Charlene Bell Dietz
Released: June 13, 2016

"An impressive family tale with a strong cast.
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In this debut novel, a Colorado medical researcher must deal with a lab mystery, thorny secrets, and a boatload of personal conflicts. Read full book review >

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IN THE TENTH HOUSE by Laura Dietz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Newcomer Dietz's fevered, often cryptic style makes for a narrative fascinating and annoying in equal measures."
This historical fiction about a doctor's attempt to expose a fake medium dramatizes the uneasy juncture of two highly controversial if burgeoning movements in 1890s England: spiritualism and Freudian psychology. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER WIDOW by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 1992

"A writer to watch."
This year's winner of ``St. Read full book review >

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STRANGLE A LOAF OF ITALIAN BREAD by Denise Dietz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2009

"Dietz (Chain a Lamb Chop to Bed, 2005, etc.) has created some amusing characters in search of a plot coherent enough to showcase their talents."
A diet-club leader with a taste for crime investigates a murder. Read full book review >

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BEAT UP A COOKIE by Denise Dietz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"Better luck next time."
The second Ellie Bernstein mystery is just as heavy-handed and empty of witty repartee as the first (Throw Darts at a Cheesecake, 1992), and it's saddled with an even more pedestrian plot. Read full book review >

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CONSIDER THE CROWS by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Overall: fairly standard stuff."
Former San Francisco cop Susan Wren, now a widow and the police chief in tiny, insular Hampstead, Kansas, discovers that Lynnelle—the poor waif found dead in the woods—thought local college math professor Carena Egersund was the birth-mother who relinquished her years before. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A frank, in-depth account of one woman's struggles in a controlling organization."
An author recounts her experiences with the religious group The Way International in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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THROW DARTS AT A CHEESECAKE by Denise Dietz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The manic heroine, tedious pacing, and witless jokes about food and weight make for a sorry debut."
Why is someone murdering all the members at or near their goal weights in Ellie Bernstein's Weight Winner's club, and does this mean she's next? Read full book review >

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COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >

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A COLD CHRISTMAS by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 2001

"Weir continues to entertain with her crisp, easygoing style, some intriguing characters, and a complex scenario that still holds up to close inspection."
A new chapter in the life of Police Chief Susan Wren, a young widow living and working in the small town of Hampstead, Kansas (Murder Take Two, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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EDGE OF MIDNIGHT by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2007

"Chief Wren takes a back seat in this tense, believable tale of compulsion and mania."
A battered wife seeks shelter in Kansas only to be stalked by two men, one of them a deranged killer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2013

"Although little was at stake and everyone knows the outcome, Mires works hard and mostly successfully to hold her readers' interest in the energetic, often-quaint public-relation antics of the 1940s."
Mires (History/Rutgers Univ., Camden; Independence Hall in American Memory, 2002) delivers an amusing account of the intense, if not world-shaking competition for the U.N. headquarters. Read full book review >