Search Results: "Joanna Challis"


BOOK REVIEW

THE  VILLA OF DEATH by Joanna Challis
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Challis' underwhelming mysteries, loosely based on the novelist's life, put Daphne du Maurier in situations that will later turn up in her novels. In this case, think Manderley."
Obsession with an ancient manor house may be the motive for murder. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CLIFFS by Joanna Challis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Du Maurier becomes the latest luminary to suffer the indignity of being named sleuth by an author in search of a gimmick. Challis (Eye of the Serpent, 2007, etc.) provides ample hints of Rebecca, but no hint of its author's mastery of atmosphere or suspense."
Seeking inspiration to begin her writing career, young Daphne du Maurier visits Cornwall and finds a dead bride-to-be. Read full book review >

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PERIL AT SOMNER HOUSE by Joanna Challis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"The anemic mystery indicates that this installment is best approached as a romantic look at the young Daphne before she became a famous author."
A second adventure for Daphne du Maurier and her sister Angela. Read full book review >

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TURNING FOR HOME by Sarah Challis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2003

"Hardly a Booker contender, but an enjoyable bedtime read."
Second novel, first US publication from Britisher Challis: a surprisingly affecting tale about an old lady's (and an old horse's) last chance for the grand life. Read full book review >

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GRIZZLY DAD by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"In a season full of saccharine, this is the real thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Dad wakes up one morning, he is in a GRRRRIZZLY mood, and after grrroaning, grrrizzling and GRRRUMPing, he goes back to bed where he can't do any more damage. Read full book review >

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MAKE-BELIEVE TALES by Joanna Troughton
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining story that effectively represents the wisdom of the culture from which it comes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A frequent contributor to the useful ``Folk Tales of the World'' series retells a ``Law Tale'' concerning four animals who bet a rich traveler that they can tell a story the traveler won't believe, thereby providing a frame for a series of amusing tall tales. Read full book review >

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THE RITES & WRONGS OF JANICE WILLS by Joanna Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2011

"Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Who better to study adolescent behavior than Janice Wills, a budding anthropologist and teenager herself? Read full book review >

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THE DAUGHTERS BREAK THE RULES by Joanna Philbin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Entertaining and not entirely fluffy. (Chick lit. 12 & up)"
Daughters of megawealthy celebrities really have it tough in this breezy, ultimately interesting continuation of the Daughters series by celebrity daughter Philbin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON BLONDES by Joanna Pitman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Slick and rather too reliant on hyperbole, but it raises some serious questions about ethnicity and status in the world today."
London Times journalist Pitman examines with verve and style the changing significance of blondness from ancient Greece to modern times. Read full book review >

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DELUSION by Joanna Elm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Glossy telemovie fodder, with Kate's interpolated transmutations of the case to the formulas of true-crime romance indistinguishable from Elm's own rolling periods."
Where's the gun? Read full book review >

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THE CHOCOLATE CUPID KILLINGS by JoAnna Carl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Like Lee's earlier cases (The Chocolate Snowman Murders, 2008, etc.), this one offers enough mystery and chocolate trivia to keep fans happily turning pages while munching on bonbons (not supplied)."
Though the TenHuis Chocolade gals of Warner Pier, Mich., are busy selling luscious Valentine's Day treats, finding a Valentine body in their alley can't be good for business. Read full book review >