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A Foreign Field
A Foreign Field
by Margaret Mayhew
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is was written in the 80s & it shows, 16 Sep 2007
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I found her characterization of various village'types' patronizing. I found quite shocking that the old man who lives in the wood is described as an'imbecile' & is no more than a clown figure in the story. The overall tone is cynical, mildly bigotted & hard-bitten, but I guess this makes this a book to be read as a period piece from that brash decade, the 80s. Although it also marks the beginning of the deepening fascination & respect for the all people who took part in the 2 Great Wars of the 20th Century. Because of the high calibre of her later WW2 novels,I just get the feeling that if she re-wrote this story now, she would make a fantastic job of it.


African Sky
African Sky
by Tony Park
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colonial crime in wartime, 13 May 2007
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Set in a little written about sector of WW2: the Empire Air Training Scheme, in colonial Rhodesia. Characters & plot redolent of Kenya's 'Happy Valley Set'. The feeling of repressed but hysterical emotion just below the surface of the very mannered, stiff upper lip culture that is so characteristic of the time. The plot kept me guessing till very near the end. Description of the RAF Base & aircraft & flying are as well researched as the rest of the descriptive writing. I liked this unusual setting for a crime novel. The characters are well drawn & are convincing. If you liked James Fox's 'White Mischief' I think you will find this book absorbing.


Piece of My Heart: The 16th DCI Banks Mystery
Piece of My Heart: The 16th DCI Banks Mystery
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love the sixties, 6 April 2007
I was right back there in the Sixties,in fact I went & played all the music named in the book. Fantastic evocation of hippiedom & rock concerts before they got commercial & a cracking good crime story as well. I love Winsome, the PC


Not Forgotten
Not Forgotten
by Neil Oliver
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the cost of WW1, 12 Mar 2007
This review is from: Not Forgotten (Paperback)
the scale of the cataclysm that WW1 visited upon the British is demonstrated by the fact that War Memorials were put up in every city, town & village BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION, in the post war gloom of universal economic hardship, disease & low morale. Neil Oliver's research into a handful of indiviual names from the stark lists illuminates the stupendous loss of life & reminds us that these were real lives. This book made me feel very uncomfortable about how much forgotten is this slaughter of a generation that I knew members of.


The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey
The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey
by Jonathan Kaplan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious doctor, 14 May 2006
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Jonathon Kaplan's style of writing is graphic and unambiguous therefore very easy to understand. I must have found it interesting enough because i did read it all, but I found the chapters about the various wars he was present at became too alike in their clinical, unemotional descriptions of the treating of ghastly war wounds. I felt that his restless journeyings are as much about trying to find answers about his own life. I kept reading the book in the hope of finding out what makes this man'tick' & it wasn't there.


Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1)
Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1)
by Stuart MacBride
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disnae dae fit it sez on the tinnie, 1 May 2006
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This is an Aberdeen I recognize, but it is the 'toon' of legend, of the apochryphal stories passed down the generations of 'toonsers'(Aberdonians), familiar to every policeman, journalist, casualty nurse , mental health professional and any one else of a certain age who has dealt with the lowlifes of the city. No 'Doric' but he has got the Aberdeen lilt. The foul language is authentic. A bit too gory.The plot is comic book horror saved by the vivid language & characterisation. Like many of the other locals who have reviewed this book, I do not recognise the all soaking rain: He must have been in Glasgow when writing the book


Shoulder the Sky (World War One Novel 2)
Shoulder the Sky (World War One Novel 2)
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trench Warfare is Hellish, 1 May 2006
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She makes the horror and futility nightmarishly real but not a cliche. Strong characters. Story line convincing & I really wanted to know what happened next all the way through.

I have always wondered why she chooses so many obviously American names. Just a read of the roll call of the war memorials for the First World War would give an authentic pool of names to choose from!


Angels in the Gloom (World War One Novel 3)
Angels in the Gloom (World War One Novel 3)
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WW1evoked, 1 May 2006
The haunting descriptions of WW1 era village life, the trenches and the grim war at sea bring home how increasingly alien & poignant that world is to 21st century life, as the last few survivors from that era slip away.The fact that I found the characterisation of the main villain of the book slighlty unconvincing did not detract from the other characters or the whole book.


The Little Lady Agency
The Little Lady Agency
by Hester Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new Romance for the Noughties, 15 Nov 2005
This review is from: The Little Lady Agency (Paperback)
HOORAY! A heroine who is nice but not tediously & predictably 'dippy'. Plenty of convincing, innovative, supporting characters. She really knows her London. Best of all, no cringingly predictable sex scenes. Perfect book for cheering yourself up in depressing airports! Behind the light frothy tone, one senses a bright intelligence at work. More please, soon.


Weekend in Paris
Weekend in Paris
by Robyn Sisman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jolly, feel good romance with lively characters, 27 Jan 2005
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Vivid characterization of even the secondary characters & beautiful descriptive writing which conjours up the very smell of Paris. Witty too! As Amanda Craig said of Perfect Strangers: 'head and shoulders' above other mediocre Chic Lit. She exposes the cultural differences between the French & British wittiliy & pleasantly. She is very skilled to make a fluffy story illustrate universal truths about kindness, integrity & parental love. A kindly book can be profound.


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