Search Results: "Val Garwood"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD OF THE PIRATE by Val Garwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Berridge employs maps, detailed close-ups, and a fascinating cutaway of a pirate ship to reinforce the text; for children fascinated by the subject, this book is as good as buried treasure. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
This thorough, lavishly illustrated entry in The World Of series focuses on pirates through the ages, providing the facts behind the legends. Read full book review >

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HOTSHOT by Julie Garwood
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Uneven and oddly framed, though true believers will find enough Garwood in here to keep them satisfied."
When Peyton Lockhart and her sisters agree to reboot their uncle's Florida resort, troubles arise from all quarters, putting Peyton in danger and bringing childhood protector Finn MacBain to her side. Read full book review >

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HEARTBREAKER by Julie Garwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Add a pinch of Psycho to a generous helping of General Hospital, and you've got the idea."
A psychopath confides his obsessions to a terrified priest, whose beloved sister is the star of the killer's homicidal fantasies: Garwood's first foray into contemporary romantic suspense. Read full book review >

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SWEET TALK by Julie Garwood
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A standard melodrama with occasional flashes of originality."
An IRS officer and an FBI agent find love while following the money. Read full book review >

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THE IDEAL MAN by Julie Garwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Undoubtedly Garwood is a pro—the pacing is taut, the characters are swiftly drawn and she even throws in a few surprises before the obligatory happy ending. But everything is too formulaic to be truly suspenseful, too clichéd to be truly romantic."
A paint-by-numbers thriller by bestselling romance writer Garwood. Read full book review >

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WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite the wrenching shift in tone, a soulful exploration of the limits and consequences of familial control."
A family of evangelical Christians is derailed by a daughter's pregnancy. Read full book review >

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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >

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WIRED by Julie Garwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Overall, a few computer glitches won't detract from this pleasing romance in which finding out the truth leads to finding true love."
A crime investigation turns steamy when an FBI agent recruits an idealistic hacker in the latest romantic thriller from Garwood (Fast Track, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >