Search Results: "Jassy Mackenzie"


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STOLEN LIVES by Jassy Mackenzie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 2011

"Jade's sophomore adventure (Random Violence, 2010) provides a crackling pace and nonstop action, though little narrative finesse. Mackenzie's Johannesburg is as gritty and dangerous as noir L.A. or the drug meccas of South America."
A plucky p.i. gets more than she bargained for when she signs on as bodyguard to a high-maintenance matron. Read full book review >

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BAD SEEDS by Jassy Mackenzie
Released: April 4, 2017

"Adrenaline-fueled action and enough twists and turns to keep even the most astute readers on their toes, this is a thriller with a heroine as forcefully engaging as the subject matter."
A nuclear power plant reeling from a sabotage attempt and the slippery loyalties of those in charge make Johannesburg private eye Jade de Jong question whether it's the uranium or the people who are more dangerous. Read full book review >

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THE FALLEN by Jassy Mackenzie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"Jade's third caper (Stolen Lives, 2011, etc.) has an appealing edge and a strong yet vulnerable heroine, full of human flaws, though the plot once again runs a bit amok."
A hardboiled South African private eye blocks out her messy personal life long enough to find her friend's killer. Read full book review >

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RANDOM VIOLENCE by Jassy Mackenzie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2010

"Mackenzie's debut is a bit overstuffed, but key characters and a gritty style augur well for proposed future installments."
As a private investigator, a cop's daughter proves a chip off the old block when she solves a tough, tangled murder. Read full book review >

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WANTED! RALFY RABBIT, BOOK BURGLAR by Emily MacKenzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"This will be a raving favorite for fans of books about books as well as older readers who can appreciate the library humor. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Can someone love reading too much? This is the story of how one book lover gets himself into a pickle through his passion for books. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF DESPERATE GIRLS by Mackenzie Common
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Skip this exercise in white-savior narrative. (Mystery. 14-18)"
In the wake of the disappearance of her wealthy, white best friend, a white teenager in a small Ontario town investigates the murder of a classmate she doesn't know: a Native girl from the nearby reserve. Read full book review >

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SLEEPER by MacKenzie  Cadenhead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fresh, mostly successful thriller about vengeance, loyalty, and friendship. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16)"
A teenage girl suffering from a sleep disorder finds that an experimental drug cure comes with some unexpected and potentially deadly side effects. Read full book review >

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THE TESTING OF LUTHER ALBRIGHT by MacKenzie Bezos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"There are no melodramatic excesses here, just the painful realization that a love that evades past injuries and present affronts isn't quite enough. A self-assured, distinguished debut."
A low-key but affecting portrait of a family whose admirable head has one fatal flaw. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Tiresome lead characters and a rather inane plot make this novel eminently skippable."
A Regency-era marquess has allowed his life to be controlled by a family curse, but a blonde spinster promises to give him something else to live for. Read full book review >

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LOOSE CANNON by Donald MacKenzie
Released: Dec. 10, 1993

"A tricky assignment for Raven—at loose ends on his Thames houseboat (Raven's Shadow, etc.) since wife Kirstie is away—and a mildly intriguing puzzle for the reader."
Philip Page, a product of the flaming 80's, made millions in a scheme (with a now-dead Pakistani) buying and selling factories to Consol Electric with a promise of lucrative contracts for the product involved. Read full book review >

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THE EYES OF THE GOAT by Donald MacKenzie
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"MacKenzie (By Any Illegal Means, 1990, etc. etc.) has done much better."
Confusion reigns when John Raven, London's ex-Detective- Inspector, now a private investigator, gets involved in a high- stakes undercover scheme to buy coded computer discs from the files of the old Communist government in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

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GIFTS OF WAR by Mackenzie Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"Stiff-upper-lip storytelling redeemed by flashes of feeling and a welter of period detail."
Pedestrian fiction debut by a pseudonymous British historian combines espionage and romance against a World War I background. Read full book review >