Joanne P. (brooke3) - Reviews

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American Fairy Tales
American Fairy Tales
Author: L. Frank Baum, N. P. Hall (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/11/2009


"In Chicago, an ordinary key unlocks a magical trunk paced with robbers and a pie. In Boston, five magical bon-bons make an ordinary senator, and ordinary professor, and ordinary girl and her ordinary parents do the most estraordinary things! A young cowboy lassoes Father Time; the dummy in Mr. Floman's department store window comes to life; and a tiny beetle gives a New England farmer and his wife a pump which pumps not water, but gold!

Author of the much-loved Oz books, L. Frank Baum transforms the familiar with his magical mix of humor and enchantment. Most of the twelve stories in this delightful collection are set in America where, so it seems, modern fairies, knooks and ryls are always causing the most astonishing things to happen! These tales will enchant both young and old"


Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year - Fifth Annual Collection
Review Date: 4/13/2007


The other seven stories are:
Mail Supremacy by Hayford Peirce
Tree of Life by Phyllis Eisenstein
Hellbent Four Stephen Robinett
Pop Goes the Weasel by Robert Hoskins
The Book Learners by Liz Hufford
High Yield Bondage by Hayfor Peirce
The Peddlar's Apprentice by Joan D. Vinge & Vernor Vinge


Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction
Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction
Author: Tom Raabe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2007


"a hilarious guide for book lovers that brings book addiction out of the closet"


Champagne at Risk (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


The silver Ridge Hotel is hosting the annual myster writer's retreat for Prescott Publishing. Stacy Champagne thinks her biggest problem is guarding the check for the award winner so it's not stolen like last year's/
But writer Duncan Tyler has planned a little blackmail before he truns in the munuscript for his latest book. He's meeting with each of the writers in tyurn. When he's found dead, the question is, Who was that upset with the expose in Tyler's new book? Who decided to kill Tyler rather than pay the blackmail?
Will Stacy & Deputy Ramon Gonzales be able to sort through all the lies & alibis to find the murderer?
#2 in series


Champagne at the Murder (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


Will Knoght plans to reopen the old silver mine. But the citizens of Silver Ridge don't want it. The mine would pollute their water & keep tourists away. Tourism is the main source of their income.
Stacy Champagne retruns to town. Wh plans to jhelp out at her family's Silver ridge Hotel. But she didn't plan to find Knight murdered in his room.
Stacy & Deputy Ramon gonzales team up to find the murderer. The town is full of people who wanted knight dead. Can stacy & Ramon sift through all these suspects? Can they sort out the many alibis?
is this mystery tied to a 20-yr-old unsolved murder in Silver Ridge?
1 in the series


Champagne With a Corpse (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


When the Silver Ridge Hotel hosts a fundraiser for the town museum, the townspeople look forward to an evening of surprises, but they don't expect a murder. Stacy Champagne and her fiance, Deputy Ramon Gazales, are appalled at the number of people who had motive, means & opportunity to murder Gerald Dinkins. Can they sort through the lies & the accusations to find the guilty person?
What's the significance of an old notebook page that was found in the dead man's hand? How is the history of Silver Ridge involved in this murder?
And why is someone trying to harm Stacy's grandmother? Will stacy & Ramon find the murderer before someone else is killed?
#3 in series


Chester's Way
Chester's Way
Author: Kevin Henkes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/29/2007


"Chester had his own way of doing things...Chester's best friend Wilson was exactly the same way. That's why they were best friends. And then Lilly moved into the neighborhood."

The best friends had their own particular way of enjoying life. Lilly was blatantly different. Eventually they see similarities & new ways of doing things together. Great book about friendship.


The Corset Diaries
The Corset Diaries
Author: Katie MacAlister
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/16/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A fun, light read about a volumptuous Yank thrust into a month of wearing a corset while re-enacting a Victorian Manor House. Think PBS special rated a heavy "R" plus pratfalls & some witty dialogue. Fluffy, but engaging enough for me to consider reading more of MacAlister's work.


The Fasting Girl
The Fasting Girl
Author: Michelle Stacey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/1/2013
Helpful Score: 1


Interesting look at this long-forgotten invalid of the Victorian Age, "The Brooklyn Enigma." Michelle Stacey not only covers the history of Mollie Fancher's injuries, clairvoyance, and fasting, but also the doctors' and spiritualists' conflicting views of this young lady. This tale includes quite a bit of the origins of various forms of psychotherapy as well as the evolution from spiritual anorexia to our modern day anorexia nervosa. Joan Jacobs Brumberg's "Fasting Girls" was the inspiration for this book.


Funtastic Family Nights: 19 Family Night Programs
Funtastic Family Nights: 19 Family Night Programs
Author: Kurt Bickel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/20/2007


"Give families in your church or school an evening of Christ-centered family fun & faith talk with Funtastic Family Nights! This collection of detailed instructions and event plans helps bring parents and children age 6 to 12 together for an evening of activities that center on their life as a family of God. Take-home tips and resources for parents help them to continue the faith talk at home as well."


Gory Alleluia (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Gory Alleluia (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Author: Mary Blount Christian
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/26/2007


Delia Dorrs writes books that dige into the backgrounds and expose the secrets of teh rich, the famous & the important. She's a well-Known & well-hated author. Her latest manuscript is due, but her editor, Lin Hill, can't find Delia or her book.
When Lin goes to Delia's home in Conn., she finds Delia's body in a pool of blood. The police lieutenant decides that Lin is the murderer.
to clear her name, Lin must retrace Delia's path for the past year & find out who is the subject of this latest expose. Will that tell her who committed the murder?
To save her job, Lin must find the missing manuscript for Delia's book. Is it possible the murderer hasn't destroyed it?


The Hard Time Cafe (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 9/3/2007


The ex-cons seem to have a hit - now that the restaurant is called The Hard Time Cafe. Then one of them, Chester Tomzak, gets into trouble. Father Joe lies unconscious in the alley. And there's Tomzak standing over him, holding a bag of cash from the restaurant.
Tomzak sure does look guilty. He claims that he saw a tall man running from the scene. But when Father Joe wakes up, he won't say who attacked him. Sister Matty wants to help Tomzak clear his name. To do so, she and Tomzak must find the tall man.
Meanwhile, Father joe plans another sescret meeting. Has someone from his past returned to blackmail him? Will Father Joe be arrested & lose his church? Can Matty & Tomzak find the tall man?
1st in series


Heroics For Beginners
Heroics For Beginners
Author: John Moore
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/26/2012


Nice twist on the standard Hero tale. Ice Princess Rebecca is actually Becky. Puts some modern humor & tweaks into things. A quick, fun read.


Hit the Street (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


Justin Cobb loves his job as a bicycle messenger. he likes zipping through traffic delivering packages. He can also make good money. Didn't someone just pay him $500 to deliver one small package?
But his grilfriend Heather Smith thinks his job is too dangerous. Could she be right? the man who was to receive tha package is murdered. Justin's friend Hugo disappears. Justin's apartment is trashed. The $500 bill torn into tiny pieces. Then a black Jaguar starts following Justin around the city.


Interior Life
Interior Life
Author: Katherine Blake
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/5/2007


Sue lives a hum drum life in suburbia. She connects with a medieval fantasy world and life starts looking up.


The Italian Boy : Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London
The Italian Boy : Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London
Author: Sarah Wise
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/30/2010


A page turner! 1830s London. Bodysnatching. Suspiciously fresh corpses provided to anatomy schools. A fascinating look at the lower classes and the medical profession shortly before Victoria ascends the throne.


The Monster in the Loch (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


Annie Kelty can't seem to stay out of danger. She leaves Edinburgh to deliver a valuable goblet to a buyer at Castle Roy in the Scottish Highlands. !st she meets two rought characters on the train who threaten her. Then her bus breaks down many miles from the castle.
She tries to phone jCasle Roy for help but gets only an answering machine. When she tries to row acros Loach Roy at night, something attacks her boat from under the water & capsizes it
Will Annie make it to Castle Roy alive & in time for the buiyer? Will she be attacked again by the monster in the loch? Who are those two men who followed her from the train? Can she escape from them?
#2 in series


Mr. Campion and Others
Mr. Campion and Others
Author: Margery Allingham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/1/2007


Mystery at its British Best
Equally at home in the underworld and among the upper crust, super-sleuth Albert Campion rarely misses a clue or fails to find a motive. Behind his horm-rimmed glasses and mild-mannered facade is a brilliant mind that can penetrate to the villainous heart of the most heinous crime


Murder in the Shadows (Thumbprint Mystery)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


As soon as Tiffany Taylor & Janet Barkin find the body of Barbara Noyes, they know she was murdered. But the police & Barbara's boss, Alderman Synko, insist that she died in an accident. janet & the Women's Rescue Company decide to find out what's goin on.
Suddenly, the world caves in on the jWRC: their landlord sends an eviction notice, city & state inspectors swarm through the office like lies, tax officials start investigating them & their parking lot is being dug up! Who wants to shut them down?
Can they survive long enough to find out who murdered Barbara? And why were Barbara & Janet's brother Dennis, who is a lawyer, filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Alderman Synko?
#3 in series


Murder on the Loose (Thumbprint Mysteries)
Review Date: 7/26/2007


janet Barkin jwins big in the lottery. This brings her a lot of trouble. Some dangerous men want her lottery money. They warn her not to corss them. They tell her about three immigrant women who are dead.
But Janet & her friends are asked to help protect other immigrants. Janet, a hight-school dropout, joins forces with a bewutician, a teenager & an old lady. They create the Women's Rescue Company
Together, can they outwit the bad guys? Can they jprobe who is murdering the immigrant women? Can they take control of their own lives?
#1 in series


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