Search Results: "Patricia MacDonald"


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ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A breathlessly enthusiastic font of praise—most of it justifiable—that also works as a schematic for the demons, both professional and personal, that motivate some of our best writers to toil tirelessly in the genre fields."
Hagiographic, rags-to-riches, writer-as-middle-class-hero tale; the first biography of a genre master who wrote 18 highly literate detective novels featuring southern California private eye Lew Archer and earned an enormous following among mainstream readers, academes, and literary celebrities. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MACDONALD by David Milgrim
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

A young vivisectionist recombines the livestock in this "Old MacDonald" outtake. Read full book review >

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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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OLD MACDONALD by Petra Brown
illustrated by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A warm introduction to an old favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD by Jessica Souhami
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Grand for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A highly entertaining and inventive version of a favorite song, with plenty of surprises in the gatefolds. Read full book review >

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MARRIED TO A STRANGER by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"Sturdy variations on an old theme, short on realism, long on expertly frayed nerves."
MacDonald's latest matron-in-distress is a bride who fears that her bridegroom is the man who nearly killed her and intends to try again. Read full book review >

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DON'T BELIEVE A WORD by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"MacDonald (I See You, 2014, etc.) presents a story of love gone wrong that avoids black and white, letting the reader appreciate its many shades of gray."
A book editor is forced to work with the author who ruined her life. Read full book review >

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CAST INTO DOUBT by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"So skillful is MacDonald (From Cradle to Grave, 2010, etc.) in stirring the pot that although you never forget how artificial the setup is, you can relax and enjoy the artifice while you wait to find out which of Shelby's paranoid suspicions will end up hitting the mark."
All the heartache, nightmare and sleuthing you could expect from a mother who sends her daughter off on a cruise she never returns from. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2004

"MacDonald (Suspicious Origin, 2003, etc.) introduces a healthy balance of introspection and interaction into her tale of deeply unhealthy family dynamics."
A father's release from prison strains family ties to the breaking point in MacDonald's latest domestic thriller. Read full book review >

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NOT GUILTY by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Now that Joy Fielding seems to have left soccer-mom suspense behind her, MacDonald may well be the leading practitioner of the brand of domestic intrigue whose heroines can't trust their own parents, husbands, or kids."
What's the worst that can happen to an already widowed suburban mom? Certainly not the death of her second husband, as veteran domestic-intriguer MacDonald (Secret Admirer, 1995, etc.) adroitly reveals. Read full book review >

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MOTHER'S DAY by Patricia MacDonald
Released: March 7, 1994

"McDonald (No Way Home, etc.) lays on the terrified (but plucky) heroines, abusive men, weirdly disjointed subplots, and incredible secrets from the past in a mix calculated to appeal to the more ravenous (and less discriminating) fans of Mary Higgins Clark."
Not much of a Mother's Day for Karen Newhall: her adoptive daughter Jenny's birth mother, Linda Emery, turns up unannounced on her suburban Massachusetts doorstep and, two days later, just as rebellious Jenny's been cooing over Linda and making plans to visit her back in Chicago, Karen gets herself bumped off, leaving her husband Greg as the obvious suspect. Read full book review >