Search Results: "Cricket Design"


BOOK REVIEW

JAMES & MAC by Cricket Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Certainly entertaining and visually appealing, but the mystery is resolved through chance rather than clear detective work. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
With the appeal of a Saturday-morning cartoon, this app will draw in kids—but leave them wishing for more. Read full book review >

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DEADLY ROW TO HOE by Cricket McRae
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"McRae, whose home-crafting mysteries always offer tips in mastering some new area of domestic expertise, spices her juicy mystery with some intriguing veggie lore."
Murder and vegetables—what more could you ask? Read full book review >

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WINED AND DIED by Cricket McRae
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"McRae's series has covered a wide range of craft projects. Her latest offers a tutorial on mead and a dash of soapmaking, all wrapped around a credible mystery."
A thrift-store bargain turns sinister for Washington State soapmaker Sophie Mae Ambrose and her police-detective husband Barr. Read full book review >

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THE HIGHMORE CIRCLE by Cricket Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A heartwarming and wholesome commentary on the importance of human connection."
A debut novel follows a young woman who comes to terms with her mother's death by joining a community therapy group. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIN A WICKED WEB by Cricket McRae
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"Interested fans can watch Sophie Mae's detecting expertise and her love life develop while absorbing all the information they could possibly want about the joys of spinning."
A police officer and a manipulative artist, both dead, provide a third challenge for sleuthing soapmaker Sophie Mae Reynolds (Heaven Preserve Us, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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HEAVEN PRESERVE US by Cricket McRae
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Stubborn Sophie Mae's sophomore case provides her with more intriguing opportunities for sleuthing than her debut (Lye in Wait, 2007) ever did."
Is a case of death by botulism a terrible accident or murder? Read full book review >

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LYE IN WAIT by Cricket McRae
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"McRae's debut is mainly lather."
A soapmaker who finds a corpse in her workshop can't control her urge to investigate any better than she can control her inventory of oatmeal-milk bath salts. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLEU by Cricket McRae
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2010

"Another enjoyable entry in McRae's craft-centered series (Spin a Wicked Web, 2009, etc.). This time information about artisanal cheesemaking supplements the plausible mystery."
Eighteen years after her brother's death, an early-morning phone call brings Sophie Mae Reynolds back home to Colorado to investigate. Read full book review >

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THE PORTAL IN THE PARK by Cricket  Casey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2011

"Star power may fuel sales, but Casey's semiliterate prose conveys her message(s) with notable incoherence. (iPad storybook app. 8-12)"
A well-meant but pathetically inept paean to the virtues of emotional balance and physical exercise is boosted, though not very high, by seven songs from a pair of renowned Grammy winners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IVOR THE ENGINE by Oliver Postgate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2011

"With unassuming art and both prose and characters sporting low-key Welsh inflections, this is an engaging natural for both shared and independent reading. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
A new version of the original story line from an animated British television series first shown in the '50s features a close, if less anthropomorphic, cousin of Thomas the Tank Engine. Read full book review >

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ANGUS AND MAX BLAST OFF! by Hamson Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2012

"There's too much space debris here for a smooth ride. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
In this rhyming spaceship adventure, a boy and his dog go where no one has gone before. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO THE STARS by Innopage
developed by Innopage, by Chet Lam, translated by Y.T. Mak, illustrated by Chocolate Rain Design
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 27, 2011

"Readers who make it this far will find happy little e-postcards designed by Chocolate Rain Designs that they can send to friends—but not, perhaps, with a recommendation to buy this app. (iPad storybook app. 14 & up)"
Despite its sketchy description in the app store, this is not the story, The Little Prince, but rather an interactive essay on the meaning of the Saint-Exupéry classic. Read full book review >