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Dark End of the Street (Nick Travers Book 3)
Dark End of the Street (Nick Travers Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another good Ace Atkins book, but..., 8 Mar. 2015
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A strong, plausible story once again from this immensely readable author, but marred by the heavy scattering of silly spelling mistakes - too many to overlook

Is this a result of sloppy proof-reading, or has technology finally decided it knows best? Either way it should have been spotted before the book was offered for download


Monopoly Swindon
Monopoly Swindon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson's Christmas present, 18 Jan. 2014
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If you know Swindon you'll adore this quirky take on the classic board game. We got it as a Christmas present for our 7-year-old grandson and ended up playing every evening over the holiday break!


Road to Rouen
Road to Rouen
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 18 Jan. 2014
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Singularly unfunny, the book meanders on like a back-road in France. It came perilously close to being one of those books you put down but never bother picking up again - I carried on only in the (vain) hope that it might get better


Saved: How an English Village Fought for Its Future... and Won
Saved: How an English Village Fought for Its Future... and Won
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant account, 20 Oct. 2013
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Don't ever relax your guard - the forces of darkness are out there just waiting for your moment of inattention


Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1)
Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good first book, 25 Mar. 2013
The crime/thriller genre is heavily populated with new and established authors, offering a wide variety of plots and characters, so anyone attempting to break into this field must have something new to offer

Alan McDermott has established his credentials with imaginative plot and characters, whilst avoiding many of the pitfalls and cliches of his predecessors. I look forward to renewing my acquaintance with Tom Gray soon.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle humour, 4 Mar. 2013
OK, so it's not a rip-roaring side-splitting yarn, more of a 'Summer Wine' with Swedish names, and a pleasant way of passing a few hours of relaxation. The plot and flashbacks may be improbable, but that's true of many stories anyway, and it's no less of a read for that


Pantheon
Pantheon
by Sam Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment, 23 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Pantheon (Paperback)
I've read several of Sam Bourne's previous books and found them enjoyable if not exactly gripping, so when I saw this on the bookshelf whilst on holiday I naturally homed in on it

What a disappointment! A ludicrous plot which beggars belief, stilted dialogue, shallow characters added up to the most boring book I've picked up for years; if this was the first Sam Bourne I had read it would definitely be my last - in fact, I'm not convinced he actually wrote it himself...


The Town Below The Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City
The Town Below The Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City
by Jan-Andrew Henderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A 'Horrible History'?, 3 Dec. 2009
Despite being English I like Edinburgh and visit when I can so when I saw this book advertised my curiosity was suitable aroused, but what a disappointment!
I was expecting an authoritative account of the history of the 'underground city' with plans, excavations, etc., but the factual content is brief and superficially presented, almost as if the author is in a hurry to get to the ghostly tales and fables in the second half of the book.
Grammatical inaccuracies apart (what is 'molten timber' (p29)?) the book is written in an informal narrative style reminiscent of the tour guides working in the city and may properly be thought of as a 'pocket guide', but lacks too much to be a serious study.
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