Search Results: "Susan Moody"


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QUICK OFF THE MARK  by Susan Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Moody (Quick and the Dead, 2016, etc.), who can't seem to make up her mind whether to be cozy or gritty, alternates actual wit with adolescent jokes and a parade of sliced-and-diced corpses."
An ex-detective resumes sleuthing in the grisly death of a childhood friend. Read full book review >

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DOUBLED IN SPADES by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"And the transatlantically accessible enjoyment Moody provides her readers puts a gloss on any number of gaucheries."
A fourth adventure for Cassandra Swann (King of Hearts, 1996, etc.)—zesty, zaftig, divorced—who's now starting up a business as a bridge instructor from her cottage in the Oxford countryside. Read full book review >

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GRAND SLAM by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A clever enough gambit filled out to novel length by spurious cultural references—Keats is romantically linked to Fanny Burney- -and too much background on the heroine."
Cassandra Swann's bridge class at Bellington Prison has stirred up an unlovely stew. Read full book review >

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LOOSE ENDS by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2013

"Moody (Dancing in the Dark, 2012, etc.) concocts an addictive, ironic and darkly suspenseful combination of mystery and romance."
The puzzle of a long-past accident brings together a diverse group of survivors and suspects. Read full book review >

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LOSING NICOLA by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Veteran Moody (Doubled in Spades, 1997, etc.) spins a puzzle that takes a back seat to her graceful evocation of her heroine's childhood and its disintegration one fateful summer."
Twenty years after her 12th birthday ended in tragedy, Alice Beecham returns to her hometown in an attempt to make herself whole by figuring out what happened. Read full book review >

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KING OF HEARTS by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"Bridge fans will miss any glimpse of Cassie at the table; she might just as well be a steamfitter this time out."
A chance notice that her late father's namesake, Handsome Harry III, is running in the Grand National makes Bellington bridge pro Cassandra Swann buckle down to solve his decades-old murder. Read full book review >

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MOSAIC by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1991

"Perhaps seasoned puzzle-mystery lovers will be amused; everyone else will throw up their hands and cry I give long before the other shoe drops."
Moody, a British mystery writer known for her paperback Penny Wanawake series, makes an inter-genre excursion in a novel that begins as a garden-variety intrigue and then unfolds into a puzzler of the most Byzantine sort. Read full book review >

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A FINAL RECKONING by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Moody (Loose Ends, 2013, etc.) knows how to build suspense, but it's hard not to keep yelling 'don't go there' at the drippy heroine in this overwrought thriller."
A woman desperate for peace of mind looks for it in an unlikely place—the English country house where her sister was murdered. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Susan Moody
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not much new or surprising here, although Moody, continuing her trajectory from mysteries to crossover fiction (Losing Nicola, 2011, etc.), provides an absorbing portrait of a woman struggling to find a new foundation for the identity she only thought she had."
A successful garden designer, deprived of the idealized father her globe-trotting mother had presented to her, searches for his true-life replacement. Read full book review >

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DEATH TAKES A HAND by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers may reasonably expect better things to come in this new series by a talented, well-known English writer."
Cassie Swan, divorced and formerly a biology teacher, has in six years built a new career as a bridge instructor. Read full book review >

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SHADES OF BLUE by Bill Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Evan's sixth case (Looking for Chet Baker, 2002, etc.) offers an infectiously mellow first-person narrative, a nostalgic undertone and a nicely drawn combo of sidemen (and women)."
A jazz pianist turns sleuth once more after an amazing discovery at his dead mentor's crib. Read full book review >

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PURPLE AMERICA by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

Moody returns to the site of his previous novel (The Ice Storm, 1994), the Gothic underside of Connecticut's privileged suburbs, and once again finds despair, half-suppressed fears, and a pervasive anger. Read full book review >