Search Results: "Cheryl Ann Smith"


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THE WIFE HE ALWAYS WANTED by Cheryl Ann Smith
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A novel hook, a touch of intrigue and a well-plotted storyline will keep most romance readers engaged."
Abandoned and impoverished, Sarah is completely alone in the world and facing an uncertain future, until a scruffy man appears on her doorstep and offers to marry her, claiming to fulfill her brother's dying wish; despite some misgivings, Sarah accepts his proposal, eager to start a new life and perhaps shed some light on the mysteries of her past. Read full book review >

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A CONVENIENT BRIDE by Cheryl Ann Smith
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"Disappointing execution of an intriguing Regency hook."
Through a series of misunderstandings and miscalculations, headstrong Lady Brenna Harrington propositions, seduces and weds Lord Richard Ellerby; can they overcome emotional and physical pitfalls to find happiness? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"By all rights, this should be the stuff of epic, but many readers are likely to be left cold."
Disappointing account of the first two-woman expedition across Antarctica, as told by the participants. Read full book review >

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AN AMERICAN KILLING by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"Frothy fun that, when the narrator isn't gossiping about the Clintons or prattling about her fictitious successes, offers numerous compassionate glimpses of dead-end small-town life. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
A mostly entertaining whodunit featuring Denise Burke, a spunky, "pathologically cynical," bestselling true-crime journalist poking into a triple murder that exposes the sordid secrets of a philandering US congressman. Read full book review >

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GREGOR MENDEL by Cheryl Bardoe
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A lovely tribute. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
The life and work of the father of modern genetic study receive a quiet exploration in this offering, published in association with The Field Museum. Read full book review >

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LOVE HER MADLY by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2002

"Despite loopy plotting and an unresolved ending: a fun, breezy, suspenseful delight."
Flip, flashy series debut, starring beautiful, spunky, tough-talking and crack-shooting FBI agent Penelope "Poppy" Rice as a special investigator poking into miscarriages of justice. Read full book review >

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SHE’S NOT THERE by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2002

"Ingenious stuff, though both Poppy and her supporting cast shine less brightly than in Love Her Madly (2002)."
Somebody should warn law-enforcement personnel against vacations. Read full book review >

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SHE SMILED SWEETLY by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2004

When two pregnant redheads drown an ocean and 30 years apart, it's up to FBI Special Agent Poppy Rice (She's Not There, 2002, etc.) to establish the connection. Read full book review >

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MASTERS OF ILLUSION by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1994

"Oddly unmoving writing about human tragedy."
The event at the center of this colorless novel—the Connecticut circus fire of 1944—is not by itself compelling enough to sustain interest, and the characters touched by it—mainly a woman who was burned in the fire when she was six months old and her husband, a firefighter obsessed with discovering who lit the blaze—are blanks. Read full book review >

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GIRLS OF TENDER AGE by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2006

"The childhood memories are great fun; the crime reporting workmanlike; the portrait of the adult relationships touching."
Smith (Love Her Madly, 2002, etc.) intertwines delightful stories from childhood with a grim chronicle of a sexual predator whose murder of the author's grade-school classmate has haunted her for decades. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS MISS SLADE by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"The climactic bits give shape to the story, but it hardly needs it: with a donkey to ride, plenty of playful dogs and cats, and a neverending supply of chips and cookies, Maggie makes a neighbor almost any child would love to have. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of Spider Sparrow (2000) again looks to society's margins, chronicling the growth of an unlikely friendship between a seedy, solitary septuagenarian and a newly arrived young family. Read full book review >