Search Results: "Gail Bowen"


BOOK REVIEW

BURYING ARIEL by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 21, 2001

"Not the tidiest mystery ever, but Bowen (The Wandering Soul Murders, 1994, etc.) transcends her academic background to provide a rare sort of comfort food: characters whose commitment to tough ideals makes them worth caring about despite the secrets that can drive them to murder—and worse."
Not even the engagement of Rosalie Norman, the administrative assistant at Joanne Kilbourn's political science department in Regina, Saskatchewan, can stem the pitched battles among the staff. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE AND MURDER by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 1993

"A superior debut."
About the only people controversial artist Sally Love hasn't offended by her Erotobiography exhibit in Saskatoon's Mendel Gallery- -aside from Clea Poole, loyal manager of Sally's womanswork gallery- -are her outsized mother Nina; her husband, gallery director Stuart Lachlan; her grizzled former lover Izaak Levin; and her childhood friend Joanne Kilbourn, recently returned to teach at the university- -and these are exactly the people who become the main suspects when Clea is killed shortly after Sally announces that she's sold womanswork. Read full book review >

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THE WANDERING SOUL MURDERS by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1994

"With her rare talent for plumbing emotional pain, Bowen makes you feel the shock of murder and other horrors as acutely as she does her most reasonable fears about her children's lovers."
Once again, Bowen's Canadian earth mother/university teacher Joanne Kilbourn has to wrestle with the everyday hurt of family love: her daughter Mieka is planning a wedding to the daughter of the politically conservative Harris family; her son Peter's unsuitable girlfriend Christy Sinclair has just popped up again; and Joanne has adopted Sally Love's young daughter Taylor (Love and Murder, 1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KALEIDOSCOPE by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2012

"As usual in Joanne's world (Burying Ariel, 2000, etc.), the vicissitudes of the plot are less memorable than the celebrations of ongoing life: two weddings, a child birth, several parties and a great deal of civilized but enthusiastic connubial sex."
A pitched battle over the redevelopment of a troubled area of town reminds Joanne Kilbourn that her beloved Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, Canada, is prone to all the troubles of modern cities, including murder. Read full book review >

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The Gail Force by Robert Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A consistently entertaining and self-assured crime thriller."
A private investigator attempts to infiltrate a blackmail ring, with the assistance of the FBI. Read full book review >

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GATHERING by Betsy Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The only thing missing in this book is a section on negative numbers, to record the thermometer readings of -34¯ in darkest December! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bowen follows up her boundary waters alphabet book Antler, Bear, Canoe (1991) with a book of numbers that follows the sun's rays through the seasons. Read full book review >

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STRANDED AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION 1626 by Gary Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Bowen's reputation rests secure as the crafter of scrupulously researched, beautifully illustrated stories. (Book- of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An enthralling account of everyday life at Plimoth Plantation in 1626-27. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POWER OVER DEATH by Courtney Bowen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2014

"A slow-paced fantasy series installment that lacks a truly climactic showdown."
The third volume in Bowen's (Servants and Followers, 2014, etc.) epic-fantasy Legends of Arria series. Read full book review >

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TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Not as satisfying as Molly's last adventure (In Dublin's Fair City, 2007, etc.), but bolstered by sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures."
Molly Murphy's detective agency suddenly has too many cases for the independent Irish lass to solve alone. Read full book review >

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THE STICK GAME by Peter Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

Laconic Gabriel Du Pr‚, a native Montanan who drinks when he drives, rolls his own, and talks back to his gal-pal Madelaine (but only in his mind), wonders why so many kids on the reservation are born with birth defects or suddenly turn bad—genetics or ecological crises? Read full book review >

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EVAN AND ELLE by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Evans and the denizens of Llanfair continue to charm and amuse, but this time they're the victims, along with the reader, of the mystery's mind-boggling confusion."
Constable Evan Evans of the North Wales Police, a one-man force in tiny Llanfair (Evanly Choirs, 1999, etc.), is intrigued by the latest venture of his schoolteacher girlfriend Bronwen Price. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORST CASE SCENARIO by Michael Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Everybody at the Contemporary Policy Dynamics Conference, it seems, wants something other than enlightenment about policy dynamics. Read full book review >