Search Results: "Lenhardt Stevens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPLESS VALET by Lenhardt Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Although there's nothing especially new or unique about the book, its accessibility and great cast of characters are more than enough to please mystery readers."
In Stevens' debut novel, a celebrity with a history of eco-terrorism, a 1950s film noir star's mysterious past and a jazz club owner looking to make fast money collide in rainy Portland with professional valet Draper Burns (that's the jack-of-all-trades servant kind, not the kind that parks cars). Read full book review >

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THE FISHER KING by Melissa Lenhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"After a slow start, this combination of police procedural and romance puts the pedal to the metal and revs up the action."
A small-town police chief and his bad-boy twin brother have a conflicted relationship. Read full book review >

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The Sixties in Black and White by Elisabeth Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"These line drawings create a spirited monument to a rocky era in American history."
A debut book offers a collection of drawings from the artist's time working at various magazines. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"Teachers will certainly find themselves wishing for their own arsenal of supplies to help them with their grading, and students may take a second glance at that innocuous-looking red pen on the teacher's desk. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obviously inspired by "The Little Red Hen," this goes beyond the foundation tale's basic moral about work ethic to explore problem solving, teamwork and doing one's best. Read full book review >

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PLAIDYPUS LOST by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. Read full book review >

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MURDER IS BAD MANNERS by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"An irresistible English import with sequels to come. (Mystery. 10-14)"
A pair of eighth-grade girls, admirers of Holmes and Watson, expose a real murderer in a tony English boarding school in 1934. Read full book review >

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LIZA'S STAR WISH by Diane Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A thoughtful novel, written with great feeling. (Fiction. 9-11)"
After a year of the grief and turmoil following her sister Holly's drowning, Liza, 14, doesn't want to leave San Antonio to spend the summer in Rockport, Texas, with her cranky, self- centered, bigoted grandmother, Mama Lacey, who has broken her hip. Read full book review >

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SNAKE OIL by Becca Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A simple, comforting reflection on one woman's crusade to make a difference in the world."
A memoir of hands-on healing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOLL by Taylor Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 2013

"In Stevens' powerfully contained follow-up to The Innocent (2011), there is no release for the tormented heroine, only license to live another day."
In Stevens' third lean and mean thriller featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, an "informationist" with a scary dark streak who specializes in recovering kidnapping victims, she is forced by an Eastern European sex trafficker to deliver an American teen to a European buyer. Read full book review >