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Gnome or Mr Nice Guy (The Rooks Ridge Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Winter , Esther Harding
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Book Description

Fear stalks the little Cotswold town of Crowborough and the Rooks Ridge Museum and Visitors' Centre.
A violent serial killer is on the loose. He strikes in broad daylight, yet no one ever sees him.
His target?
Garden gnomes ...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rosalind Winter; 2 edition (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEISKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Shillong, Assam, and educated in England, where I read English Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and received a Masters in Early English at Queen Mary College. I was awarded my PhD in 1974 for a thesis on Beowulf and the Finsburg Fragment.
I recently took early retirement, having worked in university education (University Colege, Cork, and Aston University), at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, as Press and Education Officer for the National Trust in Cornwall, and for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee.
From 1982 to 1989 I served with 67(The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers), first as a Radio Operator and later as a Troop Officer, and from 1989 to 1990 I was IC Recruits at Birmingham University OTC.
In 2011 I moved from Cornwall to a little village at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, the area where my two novels are set. I'm currently writing a third book in the Rooks Ridge series, and also a prequel set at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gnome or mr Nice Guy 29 Jan. 2012
By Lyra
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liked this, read it as the sequel... read Ready Steady Dig first. I am sure I enjoyed it more for reading them in sequence

its just a gentle entertaining story, and I felt I knew the characters already, was good to catch up with them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gnomes in danger 3 Mar. 2012
By Kew
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I read this because I loved the first book in the series, Ready, Steady, Dig! (The Rooks Ridge series). I enjoyed this too but not as much as the first one because I would have liked the lares to be in the story more - they are my favourite characters. This was still a pleasant and amusing read, I loved catching up with the characters that I'd got to know in the first story and I look forward to reading the next in series when it's available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By djaif
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Again a pleasant little read and I looked forward to my journeys to and from work, I preferred book one but that is perhaps because it I was new to the author, never the less I will look out for book 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No place like gnome 23 Nov. 2012
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After thoroughly enjoying the previous book, 'Ready, Steady, Dig!' I picked this one up. It's just as gentle, funny, and enjoyable.
The emphasis is more on the human characters this time than on the Lares. Rook Ridge life seems to revolve around the new museum and visitor's centre. It sounds like the kind of place I would love to work - despite their apparently rather relaxed attitude to references and CRB checks!
Yes, it could be accused of being 'middle-class' - but it's set in a museum, and a Roman museum at that - so what else could it be?
The chorus of part-time gladiators is straight out of Terry Pratchett (think of the Lancre Morris Men), who in turn got them from Shakespeare, and is none the worse for that.
Some reviewers have said the identity of the gnome-killer is obvious, but I don't think that's really the point. The point is to enjoy the unfolding of the story through the eyes of the sweet, kind, delightful characters.
At the risk of spoiling the mystery for those who haven't read it - the Sherlock Holmes story 'The Six Napoleons' came to mind. And readers may want to consider the significance of the given names of the Trueman children.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read... 2 Dec. 2012
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If you like your reading to offer imagination, a good plot and characters you can understand and relate to, then this is for you. Gnome or Mr Nice Guy is the second in the series and is as satisfying as the first, although the charcters have moved on and life progresses for them. Perhaps this is what makes it so enjoyable.
Uncompromising in presenting ordinary and believable characters in extraordinary, yet strangely logical situations, at no time do you worry about bad plots or unlikely actions. The books have cohesion and a coherent world view and are well written without having to resort to a complicated writing style. Especially suited to anyone looking for that easy read you doin't want to put down. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun! 19 Mar. 2013
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I'd already read and enjoyed the first book in the series, and was pleased to find this is just as good. You could argue its almost a children's book, but as nearly all the characters are adult and the characterisations are wickedly good you could say it will appeal to both adults and kids.
It takes place at the Rooks Ridge, the site of a recently discovered Roman villa. It's set just before Christmas as some special Garden gnomes at the Visitor centre are mysteriously going missing.
Ms Winter has an unusual style of writing. The books are a quick read, but a lovely antidote from reading too many thrillers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark doings on Rooks Ridge 3 Jan. 2010
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Gnome or Mr Nice Guy is the witty and engaging sequel to Rosalind Winter's delightful Ready, Steady, Dig, and moves affairs in Crowborough on a few years. The Rooks Ridge Roman Villa Museum and Visitors' Centre is now complete and busy with visitors, craft workshops and the newly instituted gladiatorial contests, which DCI Morris hopes will allow the local thugs to work off their aggression in controlled conditions. All our old friends are here: Vera, Bony, Hob, Ronald, and Jim together with the varied and eccentric inhabitants of Crowborough. But there are newcomers too: Bony's `children from Hell', his aging hippy sister, and the mysterious Ned, who arrives on a Harley Davidson. Discreetly present also, but keeping a low profile, are the Lares from the villa, who know more than they are willing to tell. The Christmas season is approaching - or rather, Saturnalia - and polite squabbles about the sort of decorations appropriate in a museum devoted to Roman life are set aside when an extremely valuable gold Roman coin is stolen and a wave of pointless vandalism breaks out. Who is the thief? Who is destroying the Saturnalian sigillae (aka gnomes)? Expect to laugh aloud when you are reading Gnome or Mr Nice Guy, but expect some poignant moments too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming winter treat! 15 Jan. 2010
By Holly
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I loved 'Ready, Steady, Dig', and yet I found 'Gnome or Mr Nice Guy' even more enjoyable! The characters are lovable, the setting beautiful, the tale both humorous and mysterious. The ideal seasonal read at Christmas time that can easily be enjoyed all year round. I can hardly wait for the sequel.

Whole-heartedly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story with a few twists and turns and a warm ending
Great story of human and fairytale entwined. Particularly liked the way the story starts and develops. Absolutely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a tale or two.
Published 2 months ago by flip
4.0 out of 5 stars but enjoyed this one also and am looking forward to a ...
Second in the series, I preferred the first book, but enjoyed this one also and am looking forward to a continuation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars ... quite as entertaining as the first book but a good read.
Not quite as entertaining as the first book but a good read.
Published 4 months ago by Bex
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine twee tale
A pleasant tale with a good mixture of laughs.
A good mix of characters and settings.
A pleasant if slow read
Published 5 months ago by N Jordan-Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Gnome
A very amusing sequel to Ready Steady Dig. I
would certainly like to read more from this author. Mrs Lynda Fairclough.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Lynda Fairclough
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me smile all way through.
Enjoyed and chased to finish. Surreal setting plot and characters. Have recommended to a number of friends . Look forward to next volume.
Published 7 months ago by dp york
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2, Rooks Ridge, will there be a 3rd
A nice, easy flowing reading set in the comfort of middle England. Although a squeal is clings to the charm and originality of the first book, and left waiting for the promised... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Seb
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice sequel but felt a little childish for a few ...
A nice sequel but felt a little childish for a few chapters. It was good to meet up with the characters from Ready Steady Dig again and loved the way the story panned out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bellowsmain
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to gnome you
A good follow up to Ready, Steady, Dig.
An interesting mix of who done it, gentle comedy and Roman Lares.
Enjoyable easy reading. Great for my holiday. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SaphronPearlCar
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit weaker than the first book
This is a harmless sort of book with a simple story. A stranger has come to Rook' s Ridge and all the gnomes that Twigs has made for a Saturnalian Christmas are disappearing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard
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