Search Results: "Jo Bannister"


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DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not the most penetrating of Bannister's many studies of damaged souls but one of the cleverest and fastest-moving and the one that heaps perhaps the most additional damage on its sorely tried hero before the final curtain."
Inverting the proportions of Hazel Best's last adventure (Perfect Sins, 2014), Bannister supplements the continuing misfortunes of Hazel's friend Gabriel Ash with a modest new case involving a computer that gets found under remarkably suspicious circumstances.Read full book review >

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FATHERS AND SINS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Bannister plots as dexterously and fleshes out her characters as carefully as if she were developing her long-running Brodie Farrell franchise (Flawed, 2007, etc.)."
Fourteen years after he nearly died in a fire, a troubled young man finds himself in even more trouble. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND OTHER LOVERS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1991

"The most interesting character, Todd, has the least to do."
A reuniting of Shards partners Todd and Flynn, with American photojournalist Flynn again trusting the wrong woman, endangering Todd, and almost losing his own life. Read full book review >

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DEADLY VIRTUES by Jo Bannister
Released: March 19, 2013

"Even so, Bannister (Death in High Places, 2011, etc.) keeps the focus on her memorable, if not entirely original, characters rather than the town they share or the plot—its opening moves piquantly surprising, its later surprises more predictable—that brings them together."
After 10 years of enviably low criminal activity, things are about to heat up for the town of Norbold. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN HIGH PLACES by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"No Exit with a hit man standing in for Satan."
Three ill-assorted souls swap home truths, hurl recriminations and review the particulars of a fatal climbing accident while a hit man waits patiently outside their stronghold. Read full book review >

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THE TINDERBOX by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"The rabbit-hole world Bannister evokes is so relentlessly and convincingly sordid that her quietly hopeful ending seems nothing short of miraculous."
Bannister takes a break from her Brodie Farrell/Daniel Hood series (Breaking Faith, 2005, etc.) for an authentic London nightmare: a father's desperate search for the daughter who vanished six years ago. Read full book review >

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THE PRIMROSE SWITCHBACK by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2000

"Acerbic Rosie, who never met a crisis she didn't want to collide with, and Shad and his 'freaky' second-sight are thoroughly engaging, although the story itself stumbles, particularly with the appearance of the bad guy and his all-too-transparent skullduggery."
A second outing for feisty Primrose (Rosie) Holland, the ex-pathologist who's now serving as the Agony Auntie columnist for the Skipley Chronicle (The Primrose Connection, 1998). Read full book review >

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THE LAZARUS HOTEL by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1997

"A superior pastiche—And Then There Were Nuts for the '90s- -more clever and nuanced than its famous original; the sort of tour de force that gives melodrama a good name."
Bannister takes a break from her admirable Castlemere CID series (No Birds Sing, 1996, etc.) with a weekend in London's posh Lazaire's Hotel, where seven jittery guests have gathered for a Personal Discovery Course with a few glitches. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR BURNING by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1995

"Under a satisfyingly action-filled whodunit, she's buried a piercing tale of conflicting loyalties that makes her coppers flare into bold reliefas if they'd finally got the case that would show what they were made of."
A rash of suspicious fires in Castlemere has Chief Inspector Frank Shapiro and his team scrabbling for the common denominator (virulent racism? a past acquaintance among the property owners?) that will explain the three targets so far and help prevent the next. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SINS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"The briefer framing case is touching but otherwise unsatisfying. But the main course of old bones is a humdinger."
A second case—call it a case and a fraction—for Constable Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash, the much-tried man she befriended in Deadly Virtues (2013).Read full book review >

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LIARS ALL by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2010

"Though Bannister's characters, especially Daniel, feel obliged to explain themselves at Ibsenesque length, the results are truly magical."
Brodie Farrell's valedictory ninth case begins with robbery and violence and ends with an orgy of self-sacrifice. Read full book review >

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ECHOES OF LIES by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Brodie launches her new series by finding not only the perps and their motive but Sophie herself, though veteran Bannister (Changelings, 2000, etc.) holds onto her climactic secret for so long that it'll be obvious even to readers who are no good at finding things."
Because she had so much practice looking for all sorts of things while she was working in a solicitor's office, Brodie Farrell has become so good at finding them that she hangs out a shingle ("Looking for Something?") and starts finding replacement china and locations for film work and missing people. Read full book review >