Search Results: "Valerie Wilson Wesley"


BOOK REVIEW

NO HIDING PLACE by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1997

"Behind the plodding Q-and-A and the pedestrian prose is a sharp, subtle portrait of two families whose tangled relationship packs a world of insight into a single painful case. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Back in her low-rent Newark office after her foolish, melodramatic trip to Jamaica (Where Evil Sleeps, 1996), Tamara Hayle is looking for the killer of Shawn Raymond—a case the cops have had open for seven months on the grounds that Shawn was no great loss. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S GONNA GET HIM by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1995

"Capably plotted downscale fun."
Investment banker Lincoln E. Storey's string of successesplus his status as one of Newark's local boys made very, very goodends abruptly when somebody slips a lethal dose of peanut butter (he's allergic) into the bean dip at a fund- raiser he's giving for Deputy District Attorney Stella Pharr's state assembly bid. Read full book review >

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WHERE EVIL SLEEPS by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1996

"The body count of a Jamaican Big Sleep, but all other resemblances are strictly coincidental."
Where evil sleeps, it seems, is in Kingston, Jamaica—except that it doesn't sleep for long, because ever since Newark shamus Tamara Hayle spiced up her vacation by tagging along to a seamy bar with Lilah Love and her short-tempered husband Sammy Lee, the cast members (starting with Sammy Lee) have been dropping like flies. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL RIDING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 200

"Despite the syrupy distraction of superlover Basil, an unromantic look at kids caught in snares set by smarmy adults."
New Jersey runaways eager for action often wind up in glitzy, tawdry Atlantic City, and frequently, if they're sassy-looking but naive, in gangster Delmundo Real's hotel suite, where they disappear into the boudoir with older men with jaded tastes, particularly for violent sex. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Readers may like contrasting her story with Woodson's Maison at Blue Hill and its sequel (below). (Fiction. 12-15)"
The unsubtle story of a high-schooler facing racial tension and hard choices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN DEATH COMES STEALING by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Reads like a successful collaboration between Terry McMillan and Sue Grafton. (First serial to Essence; author tour; paperback to Avon)"
Smart-talking single mom Tamara Hayle is a gumshoe with a personal problem: Her ex-husband DeWayne Curtis's sons (with various former partners) are dying, and she fears for her own progeny, Jamal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EASIER TO KILL by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The general direction of the mystery is obvious from the word go, yet Wilson (No Hiding Place, 1997, etc.) keeps peeling back layers and layers from Mandy's carefully constructed life with a skill and determination that recall Ross Macdonald. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Mandy Magic is scared. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIMENA AND THE COOKIE MONEY by Valerie Wilson Wesley
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"There are so many neighborhood characters that Willie herself never really comes alive, leading to a stale story without the sweetening of successful humor or the snap of a crisp plot. (That's the way the cookie crumbles.) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Willie is a seven-year-old African-American girl with a big problem as she heads into summer vacation: she spent $20 of her Girl Scout cookie sales money and now it's time to turn in the cash. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HAPHAZARD HOUSE by Mary Wesley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1993

"Haunting—in several senses. (Fiction. 12+)"
Past and future tangle in a mare's-nest around a modern British family in this wry, complex ghost story from Wesley, a well-known author of adult books (A Dubious Legacy, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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MISFORTUNE by Wesley Stace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"Blend Tristram Shandy with, say, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and you have something of the spirit of this spirited tale: a most promising debut."
I'm a boy, but my mother won't admit it: an entertaining yet philosophically inclined stroll along some decidedly little-visited lanes and mews in Georgian England. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE! by Wesley King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"If readers wanted to describe this book in Internet terms, they would be emoticons: wide-eyed surprise, tears at a few late revelations and many smiley faces at the end. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Jonah Hillcrest is not exactly a Marty Stu. Read full book review >