Search Results: "Monica Ferris"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING SPOOL by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A pleasant addition to Ferris' long string of needlework whodunits (And Then You Die, 2012, etc.) featuring the ebullient Betsy, her gay assistant and her live-in boyfriend. This one is full of needlework lore but doesn't feature much of a mystery."
Who knew that retirement homes could be such dangerous places? Read full book review >

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SINS AND NEEDLES by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"Betsy, who's growing as a character, gets an especially interesting case this time."
A search for a birth mother provides the impetus for a murder in Minnesota. Read full book review >

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BLACKWORK by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern and the ongoing adventures, pleasant if not exactly exciting, of Betsy, Godwin and their pals."
Murder interrupts the Halloween festivities at Excelsior, Minn. Read full book review >

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THAI DIE by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2008

"Betsy's adventures (Knitting Bones, 2007, etc.) are always pleasantly cozy. This one adds a bit more excitement to the mix."
Exotic objects, doubtful imports, theft and murder—what's going on in a quiet Minnesota town? Read full book review >

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KNITTING BONES by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2007

"A simple case for Betsy (Sins and Needles, 2006, etc.), and a quick and easy read. The hardest part of the exercise is the obligatory knitting pattern."
Theft, murder and knitting in Minnesota. Read full book review >

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EMBROIDERED TRUTHS by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2005

"A lighthearted tale with no real sense of danger, unless you prick yourself working the included needlework pattern."
Spring in Minnesota is good for Betsy Devonshire, owner of needlecraft shop Crewel World (Crewel Yule, 2004, etc.), until her manager and friend is accused of murder. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

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THE FANTASTIC FERRIS WHEEL by Betsy Harvey Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers. (biographical note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Heeding the call to "make big plans" for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, George Ferris designed—and built—the giant observation wheel that now bears his name. Read full book review >

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HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL by Robin Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author's future despite some minor missteps. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Debut author Herrera deftly combines family drama with a school and friendship story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >

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MR. FERRIS AND HIS WHEEL by Gibbs Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Kids who take Ferris wheels for granted should find this history eye-opening. (sources, bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
The invention of the Ferris wheel is explored in story and pictures designed to describe the age of innovation for young readers. Read full book review >