Search Results: "Lisa Black"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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BLUNT IMPACT by Lisa Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2013

"Black handles multiple plots like a pro, building a story with almost as many layers as the new Cleveland jail."
Forensic detective Theresa MacLean (Trail of Blood, 2010, etc.) takes the risk of getting too close to a murder victim's daughter. Read full book review >

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CLOSE TO THE BONE by Lisa Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"By releasing surprises little by little, Black manages to fit both a whodunit and a police-chase thriller into a single bagged-and-tagged package."
A forensic scientist investigates a murder at her own morgue. Read full book review >

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TRAIL OF BLOOD by Lisa Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A smart step-by-step thriller."
Decapitated bodies, one new and one 75 years old, bring an infamous mass murder case to forensic scientist Theresa MacLean. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

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EVIDENCE OF MURDER by Lisa Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Smart science propels this intelligent, well-thought-out crime thriller."
A bereaved coroner is stymied by the apparent suicide of a beautiful young mother. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE by Lisa Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Once again, Black constructs a puzzle that weaves old crimes with new, always leaving room for one more twist."
A series of routine suicide probes turns deadly for a Cleveland crime scene investigator. Read full book review >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >

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MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >