Search Results: "Janis Patterson"


BOOK REVIEW

EXERCISE IS MURDER by Janis Patterson
Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"Though mystery mavens will be quick to spot the pivotal clue needed to solve the case, the first in Patterson's planned series offers distinct possibilities for developing several interesting characters."
An exclusive Dallas apartment complex seems an unlikely spot for a series of brutal murders. Read full book review >

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MAGNUS FIN AND THE SELKIE SECRET by Janis Mackay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Readership may be limited to fans of the earlier Magnus Fin books and those enamored of under-the-sea adventures. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Magnus Fin, half-human, half-selkie, is thrilled when a sea storm washes up a box sure to contain riches. Read full book review >

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HOME TRUTH by Janis Stout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1992

"Stout fails to invest the mightily handicapped Lisbeth with the smallest spark of humanity, creating a dreary, instead of moving, book."
Less a novel than a case study about a dysfunctional Texas family, Stout's latest (A Family Likeness, Eighteen Holes—not reviewed) probes the resentments and fears of a young Texas woman whose wounded feelings force her to play the martyr with her selfish husband and her blind and retarded sister. Read full book review >

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BINDWEED by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"Intricately interlaced clues make Harrison's latest a real page-turner, marred only by a lackluster ending."
A small-town florist must dig deeper than ever to discover who killed a mentally challenged young man, and why. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOLING OF CLAYBIRD CATTS by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"Warm and affirming, yes, though Clayton still stretches the credulity."
Owens's third about the Sims and Catts family of north Florida (Myra Sims, 1999, etc.) can too often seem a reworking of its two predecessors. Read full book review >

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A DEADLY BOUQUET by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"The complexities of her budding relationships with Bailey and her dad still don't eclipse Bretta's skills as a detective, or as a florist."
River City florist Bretta Solomon (Lilies That Fester, 2001, etc.) is stressed to the max. Read full book review >

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MURDER SETS SEED by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A hearty dose of reality would help ground this fanciful, often intriguing mix."
A second chapter in the life of widowed Bretta Solomon (Roots of Murder, 1999), who owns a florist shop in River City, Missouri. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

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SOCIETY’S CHILD by Janis Ian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2008

"Downbeat yet oddly rollicking and compulsively readable."
The sad life and hard times of the queen of mopey folk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVING AMY by Janis Winehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although this book may help others going through the heartbreak of addiction, readers may wonder whether it is helpful to the legacy of Amy Winehouse herself."
Winehouse's candid memoir of life with her award-winning, bestselling, hugely talented, and desperately troubled daughter, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011). Read full book review >

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EXCUSE ME FOR ASKING by Janis Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Short story material padded with minutiae to create a novel."
People live, die, and do various other things in between in this tedious and too long second novel by the author of Daughters of Memory (1991). Read full book review >

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LILIES THAT FESTER by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Harrison maintains her strong ear, but her emphasis on Bailey's and Bretta's will-he-or won't-he romance blows the relatively frail mystery away."
Amid the bouquets at the first annual Show-Me Floral Designers' Competition and Conference, in Branson, Missouri, are two very special blossoms. Read full book review >