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Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven and Other Stories Paperback – September 2, 2007
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All 12 books in the series were published overseas from 1985 through 2001. All, except "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island", were runaway bestsellers and ran through many editions, including hardcover, paperback (both trade and mass market) and Large Print.
All 12 novels except "Merryll Manning: Beyond Vengeance", on which the critics were divided, attracted highly favorable and indeed overwhelmingly enthusiastic reviews. The author was favorably compared with both Agatha Christie and Graham Greene.
JHR's latest detective, Michaela Morris, recently made her debut in "Murder at the River House".
Reid's historical novels, especially "In All His Glory" (set in Ancient Egypt), have also won wide acclaim. His short stories and poems have gained many prizes and commendations. Published prose collections include "Mexican Autumn" and "Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven" (sic). Poetry anthologies include "Anyone for Love?", "Escape to Paradise and Other Poetic Fancies" (originally published under his "Tom Howard" pseudonym) and "Nibbles of Nonsense: Hilarious Comic Verse."
Reid is also a widely acknowledged expert on Hollywood movies. His award-winning book in this field is "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills".
When he is not writing books or reviewing movies, Reid is acting as Chief Judge for the annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest and the annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.
Reid has used his experiences as both a highly successful contestant and a judge to set down some essential guidelines in his highly commended handbook, "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS".
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A look at seven of my favorites.
In the title story, Jo's Heaven, we meet recurring heroine Micaela Morris. Micaela always dreamed of making the 117 mile drive to Jo's Heaven. She gazed at the sign post on the walk from school every day and imagined a magical, wondrous place. At eighteen, she made the trek herself in time to grant a dying man's last wish.
Raymond Wright was a poet. Wright and Wrong is set soon after his mother's passing. Raymond may have ended up with the shorter end of his mother's estate but his dealings with his sisters and brother inspired some of his most celebrated poems.
Fan-Fan is a white rabbit as well as a short that won a $500 first prize in the 2002 Southern Cross Literary Competition. She's no ordinary bunny with the run of her home except the computer room, where she enjoys a nibble of the electrical wires.
Changing Times takes the reader to Hedley's Creek, Australia. The parents of the narrator debate the necessity of an electric stove over the ancient wood burner the mother works on every day to cook for the family. This is a charming tale of how simple technology could bring serious change during the time of the Great Depression.Read more ›
This book is filled with more such intriguing tales. Wright and Wrong is a great story with a surprise ending while Changing Times is an old time tale bringing back nostalgic memories of a life gone by. Then there is the whimsical Mrs Lacey and Fan Fan the rabbit with a vocabulary of seven words.
Most of the stories in this book are set in the country town of Hedley's Creek in Kawbury, Kentucky. Refreshing and easy to read, some of these stories have won awards and it is easy to tell why.
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