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Sticks And Bones (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 2)
Sticks And Bones (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Devil of Tale, 24 Jan. 2015
If you thought you know what to expect from Resa James, think again. This is still a psychological thriller and her personal life is still a roller coaster but the type of crime and the type of threat to people couldn't be ore different.

This is clever and polished with wonderfully quirky characters and nicely ominous overtones of the supernatural. Almost nobody is totally as they seem and it shows how easily people can get entrapped by their own wishes and ambitions.

I want Resa as a friend!


Kith And Kill (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 1)
Kith And Kill (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 1)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think you have met every variety of criminal ..., 27 Nov. 2014
If you think you have met every variety of criminal psychologist, think again! Resa is a breath of fresh air. The author's own background in psychology shows through but Resa is much more than an astute mind - she is a three dimensional human being with flaws and foibles of her own. The crimes and motivations aren't merely "by the book" but show real originality and the book engaged me from the opening sequence onwards. I want to read more about Resa and her investigations.


No Refuge
No Refuge
by Thea M. Hartley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Thriller, 24 Jan. 2014
This review is from: No Refuge (Paperback)
As an avid reader of thrillers it is rare that I find one that really is totally individualistic - this one is. The psychological detail is outstanding and the author's background is clearly used to full effect. Some of the red herrings are as intriguing as the main story and the characters - heroes, villains, victims and those not easily categorised - are satisfyingly complex and as the story progresses some who initially you might think of as a "type" prove to be anything but typical. The author has a real knack for creating three dimensional characters that can involve you both in an analytical and an emotional way. Looking forward to more!


Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set
Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set
Offered by Vinsani (UK Seller)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what my Nephew Wanted, 30 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set (Toy)
Although this arrived a little closer to Christmas than I was hoping, it got here in time and my nephew was ecstatic when he saw it. His brother and sister also seemed very impressed!


Heritage Womens Sterling Silver and Amethyst Art Nouveau Stud Earrings 3239AM
Heritage Womens Sterling Silver and Amethyst Art Nouveau Stud Earrings 3239AM
Price: £18.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift, 30 Dec. 2013
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These earrings were part of a present for my sister. They were attractive to look at and had a very good weight of silver. She loved them.


The Christmas Garden Affair: A Gardening Mystery
The Christmas Garden Affair: A Gardening Mystery
by Ann Ripley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Christmas, 11 Nov. 2007
This was an entertaining story in the "cosy" mystery genre with a host of suspects and a suitably dislikeable first victim. The characters were generally well drawn and the book was packed with horticultural information; Christmas, however, was very peripheral. Apart from a few worries on the part of the heroine about coping with disparate relatives for the holidays, Christmas largely slipped through the net. If you are looking for an easy but fun mystery with a gardening background, this is ideal but if you are looking for a really seasonal yarn, it is probably best to look elsewhere.


THEODORAS DIARY OF FAITH HOPE AND CHOCOL: Faith, Hope and Chocolate
THEODORAS DIARY OF FAITH HOPE AND CHOCOL: Faith, Hope and Chocolate
by CULLIFORD PENNY
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christians., 30 May 2006
The fact that Theodora's various, usually extremely amusing crises are played out against the context of her being a Christian may deter some people from dipping in but they are missing a treat. Her foibles and problems are totally recognisable to anyone who is involved with a community, whether religious or not, and the characters drawn around her are wonderfully eccentric and balance the beautiully flawed central character. I frequently smiled, sometimes laughed and often cringed alongside the heroine. Great fun and making points without being at all "preachy".


Malicious Intent (Anya Crichton)
Malicious Intent (Anya Crichton)
by Kathryn Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, 22 Feb. 2006
For a first novel, this was outstanding, although if I was an employee of the Australian Tourist Board I would not be pleased with all of the book! The emphasis placed on security and the underlying apprehensions of the heroine make Australian society more threatening than I had previously imagined. The main character is very three dimensional and refreshingly "normal". The forensic detail is skillfully interwoven into the plot and there was real originality in the nature of the central crimes. The build up of the storyline is fairly slow, but I actually didn't mind that, and the pace increases nicely towards the end. The stye made for very easy reading. Comparisons will inevitably be made with Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs - being honest, and making a strictly personal appraisal, I feel there is a freshness here that is somethimes missing these days in the writings of Ms Cornwall and I prefer this author's style to that of Ms. Reichs. If this turns into a series, I will definitely be buying the next one.


The Dead
The Dead
by Ingrid Black
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Rate, 14 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Dead (Paperback)
Ms. Black manages to introduce a few original twists into the usual serial killer scenario. The fact that at the outset, only the heroine knows that the chief suspect in the promised first of a series of killings could not be who he claimed was used cleverly and the ending of the novel was not predictable. Very importantly, she avoids the trick of introducing a last minute character as the killer - a device which I personally hate. It was also quite novel to have a couple in a same sex relationship without it having anything to do with the actual crime. Despite these qualities, however, the book did not grip me as much as I would have wished. Some of the characters were drawn in a rather superficial way (always a bit more difficult a problem when a book is first person but not impossible to overcome) and, especially at the early stages, the style was somehow reminiscent of that favoured in old fashioned, hard-boiled P.I. novels which didn't seem entirely to fit. My overall impression was therefore rather mixed but I would say it is worth giving it a try.


Black Dog
Black Dog
by Stephen Booth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for me!, 5 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Black Dog (Paperback)
Having read the other reviews, it is plain that this book has received a more sharply polarised response than most but I found it intriguing and enjoyable. For a first novel, I thought it was very good indeed.
Perhaps, the two chief characters were a little too self-conciously created as diametric opposites but a good foundation was laid for future episodes involving them and both were becoming more well-rounded by the end of the book.
There were enough red herrings to satisfy most mystery lovers although the end did seem a faint "cheat". My only real criticism is that all (as opposed to some) of the characters seemed to be holding their cards very close to their chests whether or not there was any real reason for their secretiveness. On the basis of this first effort, I will certainly be trying the others in the series.


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