Search Results: "Jo Bannister"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 >

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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 >