Search Results: "Natasha Cooper"


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NATASHA by David Bezmozgis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Shades of Isaac Babel, Leonard Michaels, and Aleksandar Hemon in a nevertheless irresistibly original first book. (The stories originally appeared, in 'slightly different form,' in the New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope, etc.)"
Seven stories in a debut collection, Farrar, Straus's lead title for spring (treated to an unheard-of, for FSG, prepublication tour), chronologically trace the experiences of a family of Russian Jews living in Toronto. Read full book review >

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GAGGED AND BOUND by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2005

"Though portentous text messages ('B crful') and threats against Trish's young half-brother David don't supply much suspense, Cooper manages an aptly ironic ending that ties up the loose ends without oversimplifying the tough problems that endure."
While barrister Trish Maguire (Keep Me Alive, 2004, etc.) ponders a knotty libel case, her best friend, DI Caroline Lyalt, wonders whether she's about to commit slander herself. Read full book review >

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A PLACE OF SAFETY by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Cooper excels at depicting the effects of terror on the weak and the strong; happily, Trish (Out of the Dark, 2002) is one of the latter."
Three generations of old boys, their old crimes, old mothers, and absent fathers. Read full book review >

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FAULT LINES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"A few dull patches, but reasonably entertaining overall."
Kingsford attorney Trish Maguire (Creeping Ivy, 1999) is in shock, grieving over the death of her friend Kate Huggate, a social worker who sometimes helped Trish with juvenile court cases. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE DARK by Natasha Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"A suspenseful, literate outing notable for its adept interweaving of three families, including Trish's own, marked by violence and courage."
Trish Maguire made her name as an advocate for children, practicing the British version of family law her entire career (Fault Lines, 2000). Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING POOL by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1997

"For the Willow-smitten only."
Civil Servant/romance novelist Willow King checks into Dowting's Hospital just in time for the death of senior obstetrician Alexander Ringstead, who can't attend to Willow's postpartum hemorrhage because he's been drowned in his own birthing pool. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN APPLES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 1995

"Compelling moments, but no flow."
London civil servant Willow King, who writes romances as Cressida Woodruffe, is savoring married life with longtime lover Chief Inspector Tom Worth (Bitter Herbs, 1994, etc.) when she's asked by George Profettthe newly appointed minister for Rights and Chartersto investigate the suicide of art historian Fiona Fydgett. Read full book review >

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POISON FLOWERS by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For like-minded readers."
Colorless, efficient civil servant Willow King, who moonlights as sybaritic romance-novelist Cressida Woodruffe (A Common Death, 1990), takes a fancy to solving a series of murders described to her by inamorata Inspector Tom Worth: poisonings by different vegetable toxins of four victims—a Fulham architect and his girlfriend; a schoolmistress retired to Newcastle; and an actress in Islington—who seem to have nothing in common. Read full book review >

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A POISONED MIND by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 2008

"An intricate, literate entwining of a legal mystery with a complex character's muddled life."
A tormented teen and a tricky liability case add up to double trouble. Read full book review >

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EVIL IS DONE by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2007

"A suspenseful, angst-ridden page-turner."
When a pregnant woman is badly beaten and dies, her husband is suspect. Read full book review >

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KEEP ME ALIVE by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"The suspense will keep readers from looking too closely at the coincidences, but nothing will distract them from the disgusting way one loose end gets tied up. It's enough to make you a vegetarian."
Trish Maguire, barrister and staunch defender of the weak (A Place of Safety, 2003, etc.), wonders whether it's really better not to know how sausages get made. Read full book review >

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SOUR GRAPES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"Despite the lead detectives' tiresome mutual self-congratulation ('You are wonderful, Willow,' etc.), the marvelously edgy portrait of Lutterworth—by turns cringing, wheedling, apologizing, yet threatening—makes this the best of Cooper's seven books."
"I'm wholly disinterested. I just want to know what happened," says Emma Gnatche, and she just may be right. Read full book review >