Search Results: "Jo Bannister"


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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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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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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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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 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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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 >

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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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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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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 >