Search Results: "Jo Bannister"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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REQUIEM FOR A DEALER by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 19, 2006

"The horse-and-druggie plot is barely serviceable, and it's time to stop torturing poor Daniel (Breaking Faith, 2005, etc.). Still, Bannister excels at juggling her main characters' quirks, nuances and seething lapses of loyalty."
The sixth traumatic excursion for Bannister's agoraphobic math teacher, his unrequited love and her emotionally retro lover. Read full book review >

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OTHER COUNTRIES by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Bannister's most notable achievement here is to keep smoothly shifting gears from one set of suspense conventions to another without ever letting you forget the cleareyed heroine's premonition that 'somehow, trouble seemed to come looking for her.'"
Constable Hazel Best's fourth case brings her face to face with a determined terrorist before plunging her into even deeper waters. Read full book review >

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CRITICAL ANGLE by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

Critical Angle ($25.00; Jul.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-2288-8): Severn House's reprint program (Unlawful Entry, 1998, etc.) continues with this non-series novel, originally published in the US as Shards (1990), in which the author of the Castlemere procedurals (Broken Lines, p. 105) takes wounded photojournalist Mickey Flynn to Israel to photograph a PLO training camp—and, it could be, to get used in a deeper game than he understands. Read full book review >

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CLOSER STILL by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Each one of Brodie's cases (Flawed, 2007, etc.) is an original. Her eighth looks beyond her tormented regulars to the big picture—a calculated risk that doesn't quite pay off."
Brodie Farrell, owner of the Looking for Something? detective agency, and her choleric ex-lover, Det. Supt. Jack Deacon, compete once more to catch a killer whose crime has wildly unintended consequences. Read full book review >

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BREAKING FAITH by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"A brilliant example of how to bring a genre cliché to life, as Bannister uses the case of the long-dead woman to tighten the screws mercilessly on the detectives along with the suspects."
An eight-year-old corpse that won't stay buried sparks shattering revelations for professional finder Brodie Farrell and her best friend, agoraphobic math tutor Daniel Hood (Reflections, 2003, etc.). 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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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 >