Search Results: "Jo Bannister"


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NO BIRDS SING by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"A notch below A Taste for Burning (1995)—which places it just below the highest ranks of the British procedural."
When a crime wave hits Castlemere, Superintendent Frank Shapiro's Queen's Street cops rush headlong to put themselves in the line of fire. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE HIRELING'S TALE by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"If the villain does turn unexpectedly mawkish at the end, Bannister still provides plenty to send new readers back to Broken Lines (1999) and the other Castlemere yarns."
The naked Jane Doe was found first, looking as if she—d gone seventy rounds with a heavyweight champ before being dropped, dead, into a canal boat. 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 >