Search Results: "J.S. Picariello"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"An absorbing story about adoption and much more."
A touching joint memoir by a birth mother and her adopted daughter about their lives apart and the close bond they shared until Crumpacker's recent death. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDLED GROOM by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 1994

"No joy, except for dedicated horse-lovers."
Nice but nosy English teacher Sarah Deane (Dude on Arrival, etc.), newly married to Dr. Alex McKenzie, is embroiled in the problems of her neighbors in Union, Maine. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE ROUGH by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2002

"Dopey plotting, cranky characters, but lavish detail about the accoutrements of $5,000 bicycles."
English teacher/inadvertent homicide sleuth Sarah Deane (Coup de Grace, 2000, etc.) once again finds herself surrounded by bodies, this time while visiting her husband Alex's parents, John and Elspeth, in their new digs at Maine's Ocean Tide leisure community. Read full book review >

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THE CAPTAIN'S FIRE by J.S. Marcus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Intelligent, darkly funny, yet much like East Berlin itself- -chaotic, disconcerting, and incomplete."
A long, bleak tale of the disillusionment of a young American Jewish bisexual in East Berlin after the collapse of the wall, from the talented author of the story collection The Art of Cartography (1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORVELLIS by J.S. Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 2013

"A focused mystery, simultaneously satisfying and unsettling."
A concise, hauntingly realistic murder mystery. Read full book review >

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CELESTIAL DOGS by J.S. Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 14, 1997

"Newcomer Russell asks you to accept an awful lot of dumb luck and demonic samurai for the dubious satisfactions he provides."
A generation ago, Marty Burns was Somebody: the teen star of a sitcom showered with more money, fame, and pubescent nymphets than he could handle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HEART OF ANNIE by J.S. Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2013

"Sweet, earnest women's fiction novel with appealing characters."
In Foote's debut novel, childhood friends Lilly Roche and Curtis Walker reconnect and find love amid the heartbreak of their pasts and the uncertainty of their circumstances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2010

"Sloppy all around. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Aiming to be a steampunk action/adventure with a faerie element and a side of gaming, this opener of the second Grey Griffins series is a congested mess of overwritten prose, weak descriptions and inflated dangers. Read full book review >

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THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING by Derek Benz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Not a bad option for fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil in this undistinguished but entertaining series opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GARDEN PLOT by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"The author has done much better on her home territory."
Teacher/sleuth Sarah Deane (Dolly Is Dead, 1995, etc.) and her rugged Aunt Julia, a horsebreeder—State of Mainers, both—have joined a group tour of European gardens, led by horticultural expert Ellen Trevino and Whirlaway Tours director Barbara Baxter. Read full book review >