Search Results: "Merry Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A touching portrayal of the plight of women forced to give up their babies—although Jones's solution seems inadequately considered. (First serial to New Woman)"
Candid, often moving report on the experiences of some 70 women who gave up their babies for adoption. Read full book review >

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CHILD'S PLAY by Merry Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"With a heroine who seems ill-equipped to do her job let alone solve a slew of murders and a thoroughly preposterous plot, this clunker won't thrill suspense fans."
A string of murders points back to a crime committed years earlier by a desperate teenager, forcing his former elementary school teacher to wonder if they're connected to his recent release from prison. Read full book review >

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WINTER BREAK by Merry Jones
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Jones works conscientiously to cross-pollinate the distant but lethal threats posed by Lou's secret with the clear and present danger represented by the boys next door If you can swallow the coincidences behind the setup and the physically indomitable heroine, this nonstop tale pays off in spades."
Pregnant Iraq War vet Harper Jennings (Behind the Walls, 2012, etc.) faces her most perilous adventure: an extended Christmas visit from her mother. Read full book review >

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SUMMER SESSION by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A moderately complex plot paced like entries in Jones' Zoe Hayes series (The Borrowed and Blue Murders, 2008, etc.) but with less comic relief."
A drug trial raises suspicions of a veteran when her town is overrun by violence. Read full book review >

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THE NANNY MURDERS by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Low-intensity."
Jones draws on her nonfiction background (Birthmothers, 1993, etc.) to craft a thriller debut. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE EDEN by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Right up to the point that Harper turns GI Jane, Jones' fourth Jennings saga maintains a nice balance among mystery, travel writing and domestic drama."
An archaeologist runs afoul of a millennialist cult on a dig in northern Israel. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE WALLS by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2012

"The more straightforward story line raises this entry above Summer Session (2011), though Jones sacrifices a bit of action in the process."
An archaeology scholar asks whether a mysterious death is a simple murder or a supernatural event. Read full book review >

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THE DEADLY NEIGHBORS by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 29, 2007

"Jones (The River Killings, 2006, etc.) is always better with everyday conflict than serious crime, but Zoe's overstuffed third work knits ordinary tribulations together with the other kind more convincingly than ever before."
Think Zoe Hayes's life will quiet down now that she's pregnant and engaged? Think again. Read full book review >

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THE RIVER KILLINGS by Merry Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Although Zoe and Nick and their circle of friends are well-drawn, the plot sprawls."
Multiple murders, stalkers, revenge killings—it's all in a day's work for Jones's art-therapist heroine. Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CROW by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The attractive cover shows the crow flying past decorated houses, with the title printed in shiny, silver letters that any crow would admire. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The acquisitive habit of an enterprising crow leads to a fully decorated community tree for both townspeople and birds in this holiday story told through short, rhyming couplets. Read full book review >

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MERRY MEN by Carolyn Chute
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"With her eye fixed as ever on the peculiar partnership between good and evil, Chute continues to offer a no-nonsense view of her proud, embattled corner of America—but a rambling narrative style still provides only the occasional engaging moment."
The latest hardscrabble upcountry tale from Chute is as grimly realistic and brutal—and as disjointed—as its two predecessors (The Beans of Egypt, Maine, 1985, and Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, 1988). Read full book review >

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MERRY BIRTHDAY by Lise Marinelli
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A charming holiday read that gifts a feel-good smile."
Can any birthday be a bad birthday? Late December birthday girls and boys will empathizewith Sam in this smart, modern picture book. Read full book review >