Search Results: "Francis Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

AFTER THE DAWN by Francis Ray
ROMANCE
Released: June 18, 2013

"The story moves forward, but the journey is uninspired."
Samantha Collins is shocked when her grandfather leaves her his auto turbocharger empire; even worse, he expects her to get Collins Industries back on track with Dillon Montgomery, the man she's secretly loved since she was 13. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING AT MY DOOR by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Well-meaning soap, riddled with clichés."
A veteran paperback author returns with another earnest romance (I Know Who Tomorrow Holds<\I>, not reviewed; co-contributor, Winter Nights<\I>, 1998). Read full book review >

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WHEN MORNING COMES by Francis Ray
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite its unconventional tinkering with family trees, this romance remains lackluster and predictable."
Do bloodlines or love lines create the strongest, truest families?­ Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE MY MAN by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Thoroughly mediocre."
The sixth in Ray's Invincible Women Series (And Mistress Makes Three, 2009, etc.) stars a wealthy, widowed restaurateur with a past and a cop who specializes in defusing hostage situations. Read full book review >

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ANY RICH MAN WILL DO by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Bad girl makes good in this transparent, unremarkable romance offering an uplifting Christian message."
Charleston gold-digger operating in Dallas hits rock bottom before redeeming herself in Ray's saccharine follow-up to Like the First Time. Read full book review >

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WINTER NIGHTS by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"In no way does hardcover improve the prose of these writers."
Hardcover compilation of three short African-American Christmas novels by paperback romance novelists. Read full book review >

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EVEN MONEY by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"A blissfully satisfying blend of suspense, revenge and horse-racing info in a multilayered mystery that's presumably Felix Francis's distinctive contribution to his father's legendary series."
The father-and-son Francis team (Silks, 2008, etc.) turn their attention to the most reviled members of the horse-racing fraternity: on-site bookmakers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1996

"Full- color illustrations, while offering visual information diorama- style, do not enliven matters. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Subtitled ``The Story of Newgrange,'' this is an account of a Stone Age burial site over 5,000 years. Read full book review >

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DEAD HEAT by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Clunky expository dialogue tells you more than you probably want to know about food preparation and concertizing. But the mystery is engaging, and durable Max is a worthy addition to Francis's gallery of racetrack detectives."
Legendary racing-mystery master Francis (Shattered, 2000, etc.) partners with son Felix to bring mayhem of many kinds to the Newmarket track. Read full book review >

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AHMED AND THE FEATHER GIRL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE CREATION by Jane Ray
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Also available in Spanish (with the biblical text from Ediciones Paulinas, 1974). (Bible/Picture book. 3+)"
An illustrator whose elegantly beautiful The Story of Christmas was a 1991 ALA Notable Book brings the same striking blend of folk motifs and Middle Eastern references to a handsome rendition of the King James version of the Creation. Read full book review >

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SILKS by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Despite Mason's avocation, the outsider's view of racing takes a back seat to the courtroom sequences. Partnering for the second time with his son, Francis produces a whodunit more accomplished than ever but less distinctive than the work that put him on the map."
What new angles on horse racing are left for veteran Francis (Dead Heat, 2007, etc.) to explore? His latest hero is a barrister who's also a passionate amateur steeplechase jockey. Read full book review >