Search Results: "Sharon Fiffer"


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SCARY STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Somewhere en route to better plotting, Fiffer has drained Jane of her ebullience and humor, whose loss may account for her husband's defection. But Tim can still provoke a good chortle, and many readers will be charmed into picking up a knife and carving a leer into a pumpkin face."
Jane Wheel, professional garage-sale picker and quasi-professional detective, finds her brother's doppelgänger. Read full book review >

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BACKSTAGE STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Fiffer seems to be reworking her main characters, shifting their relationships and, in the case of Tim and Jane, making them more conventional and less amusing. Pity."
Anyone can get through a divorce when she has a nice murder to occupy her. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"The plot is merely serviceable, but Jane and Tim, who fantasize about their pretend offspring, the darling Patina and the smart Veneer, are absolutely charming. Added bonus: the amusing admonitions to pack rats that head up each chapter."
Something for nothing turns out to be a really bad buy. Read full book review >

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LUCKY STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Jane's eighth doesn't live up to some of her earlier adventures (Backstage Stuff, 2011, etc.) but still provides a pleasant, if unexciting, read."
A part-time detective and full-time collector finds that her old hometown is more exciting than it used to be. Read full book review >

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BURIED STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2004

"Lacks the effervescence and humor—not to mention the garage-sale lore and Tim's retorts—of Jane's previous adventures (The Wrong Stuff, 2003, etc.). But Fiffer's plotting is on the upswing."
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he? Read full book review >

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DEAD GUY’S STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Hilarious stuff, worth reading cover to cover if only for the outrageous joke on page 57."
Jane Wheel, who brakes for yard sales, garage sales, and even interesting-looking curbside trash, can hardly believe her good luck: a whole room at the Bateman estate sale devoted to paraphernalia from the owners' Shangri-La tavern! Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2006

"Some amusing takes on Hollywood personalities and excesses, but the plot falls apart almost before it begins."
Backstabbing—of the literal and figurative varieties—in Tinseltown. Read full book review >

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KILLER STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"If Fiffer can find her way out of a plot as easily as she can find her way to the next yard sale, she'll have fans galore."
An adorable mystery debut for nonfiction anthologist Fiffer (Body, 1999) slathered in so much charm one wants to forgive her outlandish solution. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 1996

"A reassuring read, these skillfully crafted pieces plumb the nurturing aspect of family as opposed to the dark side (neglect, abuse, abandonment) that frequently fuels contemporary writers."
A collection of eloquent essays solicited from high-powered writers that nevertheless smacks a bit of ``What I Did on My Summer Vacation,'' except that the subject is family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"Essays, collected by a husband-and-wife editorial and writing team, that invite the reader into the intimacy of the authors' homes and lives with affection, wit, and honesty."
Despite an ever-present suspicion that this collection of essays is built on a trite and forced premise, it succeeds in celebrating different views of family, self, and space. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"While not the most scintillating of stories, the insights Fiffer provides into cross-cultural difficulties and the horrific descriptions of the killing fields and the refugee camps lend this an undeniable urgency. (Photos—not seen.)"
Having survived the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodian refugee Paul Thai made his way to the US in 1981. Read full book review >

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BODY by Sharon Sloan Fiffer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1999

"Overall a winsome compendium, suitable for bedside or seaside, where body parts can be contemplated in their (relative) nakedness."
Let us now celebrate body parts, in this collection of generally fine essays from talented writers. Read full book review >