Search Results: "Patricia Hall"


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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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COVER UP by Patricia Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"A gritty period piece with an intriguingly different, darker take on the swinging '60s."
Photojournalist Kate O'Donnell and her boyfriend, DS Harry Barnard, find themselves facing off with the powers that be in their sixth case (Deep Waters, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH IN DARK WATERS by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"Hall is unsparing as ever in tracing the consequences of corruption, though, as Thackeray admits at the close, 'there's a lot of loose ends.'"
The latest case for Yorkshire DCI Michael Thackeray and his lover, Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd, is touched off by two very different incidents of drug-related violence. Read full book review >

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DEEP FREEZE by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"Burridge apart, Americans should find Hall's grim British take on abortion rights, well, plumb fascinating—certainly a lot more powerful than her cluttered plot, which still trails loose ends on the last page."
Hall, who deserves a medal for valor in picking her fights, wades into the troubled waters of the abortion debate when a 13-year-old who's just had her pregnancy terminated is terminated herself by a gunshot as she emerges from Bradfield's May Anderson Hospital. Read full book review >

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SKELETON AT THE FEAST by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"The tense counterpoint between Thackeray's and Mower's inner struggles and outward strivings enriches Hall's latest procedural."
Sending Bradford's Detective Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray (Dead on Arrival, 2001, etc.) to a training course at Oxford to help him heal from his latest trauma—the ambush of two of his detectives—may not have been Superintendent Jack Longley's best idea. Read full book review >

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DYING FALL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"An equally unsparing sequel to Death by Election (1994) that's especially strong on a problem treated by too few mysteries: the need for the coppers to protect a community that wants nothing to do with them."
In the wake of a series of assaults on the children who live in the grim Heights project (universally dubbed ``Wuthering Heights''), Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd is approached by the TV series Case Re-opened to poke around in a ten-year-old homicide: the murder of young Tracy Miller. Read full book review >

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DRESSED TO KILL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Telling Harry's and Kate's stories in parallel costs Hall's third some of the punch that her two earlier entries (Death Trap, 2012, etc.) packed."
A temporary assignment with a fashion photographer sets Kate O'Donnell on the cutting edge of murder. Read full book review >

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THE POISON POOL by Patricia Hall
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Sinclair toils manfully against an impossible deadline to link a 40-year-old crime to that all-too-clubby lodge—in a workmanline debut."
Arresting retarded young Joey Macready for the fatal beating of old Tom Carter looks like a fast way to close the case, but it's just the beginning of Inspector Alex Sinclair's problems. Read full book review >

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DAEMON HALL by Andrew Nance
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"An unexpectedly optimistic ending concludes this gentle horror tale. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Famous author Ian Tremblin has chosen five teenagers to spend the night in his haunted mansion. Read full book review >

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GOODY HALL by Natalie Babbitt
Released: April 15, 1971

"Another Delicious blend of style, wit and adventure."
A distinguished children's author has concocted a juvenile Gothic that is less a take-off than an affectionate dalliance with the convention. Read full book review >

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DEAD RECKONING by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2005

"Hall's plot is intricate, but well worth the effort for its bang-up exploration of ethnic discord in the world after 9/11."
The murder of a mill owner's son is only a prelude to racial strife in a strike-threatened Yorkshire town. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY ELECTION by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Though she never decides whether Laura is a detective or a spin doctor, Hall (The Poison Pool, 1993) produces a satisfyingly ugly study of English local politics."
The death of the long-ailing Member for Bradfield launches sociologist Richard Thurston, his heir-apparent, into the political limelight. Read full book review >