Search Results: "Joan Lowery Nixon"


BOOK REVIEW

A DEADLY PROMISE by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Despite several forays into historical fiction, this prolific author's forte remains suspense. (Fiction. 11+)"
In a follow-up to High Trail to Danger (1991), set in the Old West of 1879, Sarah fulfills her father's last wish by clearing him of a murder charge. Read full book review >

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SHADOWMAKER by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Teenage mystery aficionados will love it. (Fiction. 12+)"
Katie Gillian and her journalist mother have moved from Houston to a small coastal Texas town so that Mom can write a novel in peace. Read full book review >

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LAUGH TILL YOU CRY by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Published posthumously, with a moving tribute from Mary Higgins Clark. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cody and his mom have moved to Houston to take care of his grandmother. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT SEEKER by Joan Lowery Nixon
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No matter: Enriched with family troubles, guilty secrets, and a whiff of the supernatural, this page-turner will please the legions of Nixon fans. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Nixon (The Shadowmaker, 1994, etc.) crafts an emotionally charged thriller about a teenager who proves her friend innocent of his parents' murders. Read full book review >

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MURDERED, MY SWEET by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"That no one thinks to protect Logan, a character who announces that he knows all and is then murdered, is irresponsible. (Fiction. 12+)"
An overweening mother who's meant to be scatterbrained and a murder that never matters are at the center of this clichÇ-filled mystery from Nixon (Search for the Shadowman, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WEEKEND WAS MURDER! by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"The complicated story speeds along with a few bumps, but even these are handled with good humor by this reliable mystery writer. (Fiction. 12+)"
Mary Elizabeth (``Liz''), last seen in The Dark and Deadly Pool (1987), is back for a mystery weekend at the Ridley Hotel, orchestrated by a well-known suspense writer and her actress daughter. Read full book review >

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THE NAME OF THE GAME WAS MURDER by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"An entertaining quick read. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A curmudgeonly author's luxurious, well-staffed island home- -fortuitously cut off by a storm that lasts long enough for teenage narrator Samantha to make her deductions and confront the murderer before the police can get there—is the setting for this classic tale of houseguests who all have motives for doing in their obnoxious host. Read full book review >

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THE TRAP by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Julie is ultimately reminded of the importance of a family's love and loyalty, but nice lesson aside, this mystery is too formulaic to rattle any nerves. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The retirees are pluckier than the plot in award-winning Nixon's (Gus and Gertie and the Lucky Charms, 2002, etc.) latest whodunnit. Read full book review >

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LAND OF DREAMS by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Still, a readable novel that makes an accessible introduction to its period setting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in Nixon's Ellis Island series, Kristin Swenson and her parents settle on a Minnesota farm, in a house Mamma fears is haunted by former occupants. Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARE by Joan Lowery Nixon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"A taut, well-constructed mystery by a writer who will be missed. (Fiction. 12+)"
Teenager Emily Wood has had a recurring nightmare involving a place she cannot name, a dead woman, and a menacing presence. Read full book review >

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GHOST TOWN by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Although the bulk of the stories are conventional and competent rather than weirdly thrilling, Nixon has put together a clever package for youngsters interested in ghosts and ghost towns. (Short stories. 8-12)"
A well conceived (and titled) collection of middle-of-the-road, mildly chilling short stories, almost all of which involve a modern day boy or girl's encounter with a supernatural entity in an old ghost town. Read full book review >

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PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nixon (Will's Story, not reviewed, etc.) has built a solid reputation as a master of mysteries for young teenagers, and in spite of its flaws, this one is sure to please her fans. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Rose Ann, on a Caribbean cruise with her grandmother, becomes involved in the political intrigue surrounding the defection of Enrique, a teenaged Cuban baseball player. Read full book review >