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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FLAWED by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2007

Dimmock's not a big place, so it's no surprise when three separate cases there collide with a smash. Read full book review >

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THE DEPTHS OF SOLITUDE by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 2004

"An object lesson in how many different kinds of suspense, from whodunit puzzles to moral dilemmas to races against the clock, can be squeezed within a single binding."
Now that she's wrung every last drop of suffering from math teacher Daniel Hood, equal-opportunity Bannister turns her attention to Daniel's friend Brodie Farrell. Read full book review >

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REFLECTIONS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Creepy kids notwithstanding, the true horror here stalks Daniel, who must surmount past demons (True Witness, 2002, etc.) to face the moral condemnation of his best friend."
Mummy's dead, daddy's on the run, and the kids are seething. Read full book review >

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TRUE WITNESS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"The fevered search Daniel shares with the copper who hates him is worth every minute it'll take to speed through this white-hot whodunit."
Ten years ago, DI George Ennis and his protégé Jack Deacon, of the Dimmock CID, were frustratingly unable to prove sheep farmer Neil Cochrane was the man who had raped and murdered three teenaged boys. Read full book review >

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UNLAWFUL ENTRY by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Taut, accomplished lesser work from one of the field's most underrated practitioners."
First published in the UK as The Mason Codex (1988), this neat suspenser tells the story of Annie Meredith, a proper Welsh schoolmistress of a certain age, and the Mexican half-brother whose existence she never learns of till after he's dead in a crowded truck ferrying illegal immigrants across the border to Texas. Read full book review >

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THE PRIMROSE CONVENTION by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1998

"A beautifully judged start for a most welcome new series."
Most people wouldn't think of consulting an advice columnist for help when their brothers go walkabout, but then most advice columnists are nothing like Primrose Holland, who edits the women's page for the Skipley Chronicle and contributes her own column, filled with such inimitably tactful recommendations as a bagpipe reveille for an elderly bird-watcher troubled by nocturnally noisy neighbors. Read full book review >

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CHARISMA by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Donovan and Graham aren't any more interesting than in their debut (A Bleeding of Innocents, 1993), but they make interesting things happen throughout this tangy, gritty tale, whose most banal supporting character can flare into unexpected life in a single impassioned moment."
Famous Welsh revivalist Michael Davey brings his wheelchair and carnival tent to Castlemere just in time for a pair of throat- slittings—of a teenaged streetwalker and an even younger girl riding her pony in Belvedere Park at daybreak. 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 >