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Vengeance (Quirke Mysteries)
Vengeance (Quirke Mysteries)
by Benjamin Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, 8 Feb 2014
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Mystery and resolve are the order of this book.
This is a series of books, but each one can be read individually without anything being lost.
I have read better, but I have also read worse.

Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 2)
Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 2)
by Nicci French
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Tuesday's Gone, 8 Feb 2014
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This book is part of a trilogy.
A book with a twist.
An easy read. Nicci French rocks it.
Recommend this.

Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
by Charles Todd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Detective Novel, 8 Feb 2014
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This is a really good detective novel. Set just after the first world war, you can feel the atmospherics.
Suspense and pace abounds.
This is an easy read. Difficult to put down

The Silent Wife
The Silent Wife
by A. S. A. Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Written, Nicely Paced Story, 2 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Silent Wife (Paperback)
As long as Jodi's life is orderly and predictable and things are running smoothly, she can put up a front, go through the motions, be silent.

She has a good life, living in a lovely apartment overlooking a lake, no children, no demands on her time, works from home as a Therapist with a couple of clients a day, she can turn a blind eye.

As long as her partner of 20 years, Todd, comes home from work every day, takes the dog for a walk, puts the trash out, pays her credit card bills, she can act as if all is well.

But when Todd changes the rules by falling in love with his best friend's young daughter and threatens her neat and precise life ..... this becomes a blow to her orderly daily routine and she finds that she now has to do something.....

Each chapter is by either Him or Her, it's not in the first person, but we get to know their thoughts and feelings in quite a detailed way. I enjoyed reading their trivial details but I can see how this could make for boring reading to some.

I couldn't really sympathise with Jodi, and I didn't like Todd too much either, he wanted his cake and eat it!

The writing was smooth and flowed easily, I liked the Him and Her chapters and I thought it was an interesting read overall.

Season of the Witch
Season of the Witch
Price: 1.83

5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Ride, 27 Jan 2014
Season of the Witch is a book that you either love or hate. It's full of magic, mysticism, murder, mayhem, sexual tension and I loved it!

Gabriel is a remote viewer which means that he can see through people's eyes, see what they see, feel what they feel. When he is asked to find his ex-girlfriend's stepson he discovers something that scares and fascinates him when he scans his mind - the young man is slowly being drowned in a pool after he's been through 'The House of a Million Doors'.

Gabriel's search takes him to an old rambling house called Monk House which has a swimming pool:

"Monk House was the only Victorian house in an entire street of elegant Georgian buildings. It sat bulkily on the corner: square, brooding and defiant in its otherness. The brickwork was deep orange and there was more than a hint of Gothic in the pointed gable and the oriel window bulging from the house's flank. It was late afternoon and the sun glinted redly off the tiny leaded panes, creating an impression that inside a fire was burning."

The inhabitants of this house were the two beautiful Monk sisters, solar witches, red-haired Minnaloushe, an academic in Maths and Philosophy, the thinker: dark-haired Morrighan, an environmentalist, an eco-warrior, the do-er.

As Gabriel gets drawn deeper into their world he is confronted with obsession, high magic, mystic symbols, the ancient Art of Memory, Memory Palaces, alchemy and the frightening 'House of a Million Doors' (where each different room is full of weird images such as hundreds of clocks, broken violins, carnivorous plants, a blind monk). But what and where is it? He hacks into their computer, reads a diary that is poetic, haunting and evocative, becoming captivated by the person behind the words, she was keeping him spellbound and bewitched -- but which sister is it writing the words? And is she a killer?

I too was spellbound by Natasha Mostert's story, I found it compelling, moving, descriptive and one of the most unusual novels I've ever read. It will stay with me for a long time.

Rick Frost & the Alaskan Adventure
Rick Frost & the Alaskan Adventure
by Todd Bush
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Debut Novel with Non-Stop Action, 18 Jan 2014
Rick Frost and the Alaskan Adventure is the first in a new series of adventure books featuring likeable 14 year old Rick Frost and I thought it was a terrific debut novel. The story centres on why and who would want to kill a 16 year old Hollywood actress by shooting down her plane and hunting her. Rick and his friend Ben save the life of the ungrateful and spoilt Alexis and travel deep into the Alaskan wilderness while a team of mercenaries with automatic weapons pursue them.

Thanks to Rick's knowledge of the terrain they try to outwit them while Alexis annoys him teasing him about being so young and constantly moaning about having no food while climbing up and down hills. Their bickering and put-downs were a fun element to the storyline and I enjoyed following their relationship almost as much as their adventures!

This is a thrilling read which I was engrossed in throughout. It was full of great characters, who were easy to relate to, exciting encounters from native Inuits to an angry bear and almost non-stop action.

I'm sure this would appeal to young teens as well as older age groups.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation - 55 Beige
Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation - 55 Beige
Price: 9.36

4.0 out of 5 stars It is OK, 16 Jan 2014
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This product is just ok.
Yes it is non greasy, which is a plus for a foundation.
It is more expensive than other brands I have used, and I really cannot find the difference in the quality.
When using you only need a small amount for good results.
The main problem is the fragrance. HORRIBLE would describe this.
I am sorry, I expected more, both in quality and susbtance for the price.

A Gift to Remember
A Gift to Remember
by Melissa Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars "A Love Story to Warm your Heart", 12 Jan 2014
This review is from: A Gift to Remember (Hardcover)
I absolutely loved this book and was instantly captivated as soon as I started reading.

Darcy, 33, was orphaned at 12 and brought up in Brooklyn by her aunt Katherine who runs a successful corporate events business. She moved to Manhatten when just a teenager and now is the manager of Chaucer's an independent bookstore. She is at her happiest with her nose in a book and dreams of being swept off her feet by her fictional lovers and is constantly exasperated with her aunt's never-ending quest to match her up with any suitable eligible batchelors!
Teased by her work colleagues who tell that "No flesh and blood man could ever live up to those fictional heroes you're so crazy about" and Darcy couldn't disagree with them.

So when her and Aiden Harris's worlds collide, her imagination runs away with her as she finds pictures of him skydiving, scuba diving, skiing after searching his home for something to jog his memory..........

Darcy's investigations take her to the cream of New York society, meeting people and going to places she would never envisage, while finding new friends closer to home.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the chapters in which Aiden speaks in the lst person. We find out that in the weeks leading up to the accident he is desperately looking to buy a special gift, but we don't know what it is or what it's for. The author tells us just enough to keep us guessing about who Aiden really is...if he's so rich why does he have a subway card in his wallet?

An entertaining read, lovely characters, cute puppy with a mystery owner, highly recommended.

Weetabix Oatybars Toffee 23 g (Pack of 5)
Weetabix Oatybars Toffee 23 g (Pack of 5)
Price: 7.57

3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, 11 Jan 2014
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This is a brand, like the others, trying to cash in on the growing cereal bar market. I found this cereal bar ok. Neither good or bad.In my opinion, it is nowhere near as good as a Nutrograin bar which for me is the leader in this product.
I would not recommend this.

Black & Decker 18V Lithium Ion 2 Gear Hammer Drill
Black & Decker 18V Lithium Ion 2 Gear Hammer Drill
Price: 64.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Drill, 11 Jan 2014
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This is a good quality drill for the DIY'er.
From a great long standing brand of drills, Black and Decker.
The main feature of this drill,in my opinion, is the Lithium Ion Battery.
This is much superior to the Ni Cad Battery.
The Li Ion Battery holds the charge far longer, so, when you want to use the drill after a period of time, the charge is still there.
The drill is lightweight to use, and has good functionality.
A really good drill for general use around the house.
It is currently selling for a good price on Amazon, so my advice would be to buy it now.

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