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Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (Maggie Hope Mysteries)
Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (Maggie Hope Mysteries)
by Susan Elia McNeal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

3.0 out of 5 stars So much that is good... and so much that is so very bad!, 25 Aug 2014
This is a really difficult book to review as there is so much that is good and yet so much that is bad. Once again, as for Chruchill's Secretary, Susan MacNeal shows she has an absolute minimal knowledge or understanding of Britain or the British in the period she sets her books; nor the technology and sequence of WW2. While some detailed descriptions have been clearly researched specifically (eg Windsor Castle) she drops in some real clangers inadvertently: British aristocracy hunting foxes on horseback with dogs and firearms? Some stretching of historical aspects to suit the plot is fine, I can accept that, but many seem to be totally unnecessary - the Admiralty having full knowledge of a U-Boats position? A submerged U-Boat transiting from 10 miles off Grimsby to France in 20 minutes? A Spitfire shot down over Berlin (it didn't have the rage to operate there) and then a later reference to its pilot having dropped bombs (it's a fighter not a bomber). None of this helps the plot, it is just sheer carelessness. Equally irritating is the extremely poor quality editing - for example Gregory twice empties his one flask and throws it overboard. How could this possibly be missed by an editor unless they didn't actually read the book? That said, the conundrum of reading this series is that Susan MacNeal actually writes in a very entertaining style and her characterisation is good. I really enjoy reading Maggie's story between the teeth gratingly awful historical errors. If Sue MacNeal took the time to research the period properly (or have her books edited by someone who knows their stuff) this could be an excellent series. As it is she fails to deliver on her side of the author/reader contract by including glaring errors, especially after advertising the books as 'well researched'.


Corpse Way (The Yorkshire Dales Mysteries Book 1)
Corpse Way (The Yorkshire Dales Mysteries Book 1)
Price: £1.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GENTLE TEEN MYSTERY - IDEAL FOR BEDTIME READING, 20 Feb 2014
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I got this as a free Kindle book without realising it was aimed at teanagers. That said, I enjoyed the storyline. It is at a gentle pace and there is sufficient mystery to keep it entertaining. The scenery descriptions are nicely balanced so the beauty is evident without being tedious. I was surprised at the number of occasions the heroine consumed alcohol bearing in mind she is a 16/17 year old at college, but maybe that's modern youth. Like many self-published Kindle books this is let down by poor editing: incorrect words where an auto-spellchecker changes have not been spotted; missing speech marks; etc. However, if you can get by this and don't want an in depth plot this is ideal for a couple of chapters each night before you turn the light out.


Catching Fire
Catching Fire

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, 11 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Catching Fire (Kindle Edition)
This is the first Suzanne Collins book I have read and I enjoyed it enormously. Having watched the Hunger Games film I decided to start with book 2 but am now going back to read book 1. The world Collins has created is excellent - implausible yet believable - and her characterisation is solid. I look forward to completing the trilogy.


The Mummyfesto
The Mummyfesto
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars As a man, a Yorkshireman, a Father and Tory voter ..., 24 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Mummyfesto (Kindle Edition)
As a man, a half Yorkshireman, a Father and Tory voter (Linda, quiet...) I loved this book. The characterisation is spot on (I swear they are so like my family) and the action so easy to visualise. I bought into their emotion, understood the mummmyfesto (apart from the Queen) and shed tears over Oscar. This is the first Linda Green book I have read but it won't be the last: she is to be congratulated wholeheartedly.


We Joined the Navy
We Joined the Navy
by John Winton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilaroiusly funny, 18 April 2010
This review is from: We Joined the Navy (Hardcover)
A really funny book. As an ex-RN Officer I expected to enjoy it, but my children love it also and it has become the evening family read. Fully recommended.


CLEAR skin case cover for SONY Walkman NW-A1000 NW-A1200
CLEAR skin case cover for SONY Walkman NW-A1000 NW-A1200

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Functional, 11 May 2009
This works well and is a good asset to protect your Walkman MP3. The case is not quite as clear as the picture implies, I cannot read any of the markings on my black A1200 through the protector until it is operated and lights up.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great Gizmo - Perfect for Light Drinkers, 9 April 2009
I have had a Vacuvin for many years and found them ideal for when we do not drink a full bottle of wine in one session. This was bought as a present for someone who was equally impressed when staying with us. She is now delighted with her own vacuvin. It does everything it claims to do and keeps the wine in good condition for days, unlike other types of artificial cork. Totally recommended.


The Mediator 6: Heaven Sent
The Mediator 6: Heaven Sent
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE - EACH BOOK IS PUBLISHED UNDER TWO TITLES, 16 Dec 2007
The Mediator books are great stories but before you buy - BEWARE. The title list implies there are 12 "Mediator" book titles by Meg Cabot whereas there are only 6, but each book is published under 2 different titles (why?). For information: "Mediator 1 - Love You To Death" ISBN 0 330437372 is identical to "Shadowland (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725117; "Mediator 2 - High Stakes" ISBN 0330437380 is identical to "Ninth Key (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725125; "Mediator 3 - Mean Spirits" ISBN 0330437399 is identical to "Reunion (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725133; "Mediator 4 - Young Blood" ISBN 0330437402 is identical to "Darkest Hour (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725141; "Mediator 5 - Grave Doubts" ISBN 0330418335 is identical to "Haunted (Mediator)" ISBN 0060751649; and "Mediator 6 - Heaven Sent" ISBN 0330434829 is identical to "Twilight (Mediator)" ISBN 0060724692.


The Mediator 5: Grave Doubts
The Mediator 5: Grave Doubts
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE - EACH BOOK IS PUBLISHED UNDER TWO TITLES, 16 Dec 2007
The Mediator books are great stories but before you buy - BEWARE. The title list implies there are 12 "Mediator" book titles by Meg Cabot whereas there are only 6, but each book is published under 2 different titles (why?). For information: "Mediator 1 - Love You To Death" ISBN 0 330437372 is identical to "Shadowland (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725117; "Mediator 2 - High Stakes" ISBN 0330437380 is identical to "Ninth Key (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725125; "Mediator 3 - Mean Spirits" ISBN 0330437399 is identical to "Reunion (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725133; "Mediator 4 - Young Blood" ISBN 0330437402 is identical to "Darkest Hour (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725141; "Mediator 5 - Grave Doubts" ISBN 0330418335 is identical to "Haunted (Mediator)" ISBN 0060751649; and "Mediator 6 - Heaven Sent" ISBN 0330434829 is identical to "Twilight (Mediator)" ISBN 0060724692.


The Mediator 1: Love You to Death: No. 1
The Mediator 1: Love You to Death: No. 1
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE - EACH BOOK IS PUBLISHED UNDER TWO TITLES, 16 Dec 2007
The Mediator books are great stories but before you buy - BEWARE. The title list implies there are 12 "Mediator" book titles by Meg Cabot whereas there are only 6, but each book is published under 2 different titles (why?). For information: "Mediator 1 - Love You To Death" ISBN 0 330437372 is identical to "Shadowland (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725117; "Mediator 2 - High Stakes" ISBN 0330437380 is identical to "Ninth Key (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725125; "Mediator 3 - Mean Spirits" ISBN 0330437399 is identical to "Reunion (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725133; "Mediator 4 - Young Blood" ISBN 0330437402 is identical to "Darkest Hour (Mediator)" ISBN 0060725141; "Mediator 5 - Grave Doubts" ISBN 0330418335 is identical to "Haunted (Mediator)" ISBN 0060751649; and "Mediator 6 - Heaven Sent" ISBN 0330434829 is identical to "Twilight (Mediator)" ISBN 0060724692.


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