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Falling in Love: (Brunetti 24)
Falling in Love: (Brunetti 24)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another delight from Donna Leon, 26 July 2015
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Another great story from Donna Leon. I love the way in which we see how Guido Brunetti mellows as he ages, and the way in which the dynamic between him and his wife and family has remained the same despite those challenging teenage years. It's also difficult to strike the balance between maintaining a credible cast of the same characters over a long series, and keeping it fresh and new for readers who have been hooked since the very first title. Donna Leon has managed that brilliantly. I look forward to the next twenty titles. [No pressure Donna!]


A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa Mysteries Book 1)
A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa Mysteries Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good thriller from David Hewson, 17 Oct. 2014
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Strong characterisation is a consistent feature of this series as are the settings, in this case Rome and the Vatican. The plot is intriguing, just managing to stay credible. Fans of Italian crime settings and American thrillers will love it.


A Drop In The Ocean
A Drop In The Ocean

5.0 out of 5 stars Evermore Hilarious and Outrageous!, 24 July 2014
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Following the hilarious conclusion of Ratledge and Scully's investment in care homes for the elderly in Thailand, they have now switched tack, and are using cruise liners to fulfill the same function. The results are equally outrageous, with every possible contribution to the Eco status of the cruises coming from the blood, sweat, tears, and orgasms of the pensioners. As Ratledge seeks even more inventive ways of maximising profits, and cutting costs, Scully continues to fight for the rights of the passengers, and to make great humanitarian strides towards peace and harmony in the troubled regions of the World along the way. The inevitable outcome of this clash of values is a yet third way, which I eagerly await in the form of final episode of this unique trilogy. Bring it on!


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 23 Feb. 2014
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A beautiful piece of writing in the same class as Life of Pi. An exquisite exploration of life, death, bereavement, loss, love, nature, marriage, and what it is to be human. All this through the deceptively simple device of a journey on foot from Devon to Berwick on Tweed. Literary fiction at its best


Concept in Blood
Concept in Blood
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Debut., 20 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Concept in Blood (Kindle Edition)
Phil Jones has produced an exceptionally well researched debut novel, with a protagonist in Maddox - disgraced ex cop turned private eye - who has the wherewithal to feature in a long running crime fiction series. The plot is current and intriguing, the characters engaging, and pace and narrative curve tuned to perfection. I can see this as the start of TV series too. Next one please Mr Jones!


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 10 Nov. 2013
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If you enjoy historical novels, and literary fiction, this is for you. Maybe not a wholly accurate biography of Thomas Cromwell, but then which biographies actually are? The most important thing is that it has been meticulously researched, and beautifully written. A tour de force in providing both an insight into the mind of one of our most influential and conflicted public servant and politicians, and a sense of how it must have been to live through one of the most dramatic political, religious and social periods of our island history.


The Woman Who Stopped Traffic
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story For Our Times, 10 Nov. 2013
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How appropriate that I finished this two days before the launch of Twitter on the Stock Markets. This debut novel is a cracker, particularly if you enjoy intelligent thrillers rooted in the here and now. The author clearly has experience of the complex nexus that is the world of Silicone Valley social media start ups. And not just that, but the means by which interactive social networked computer games might impinge on real life in terrifying ways. He has also drawn on comprehensive research of the sex trafficking industry to craft an intelligent and compelling story. Highly recommended.


THE UMBRELLA MAN (The Inspector Samuel Tay Novels Book 2)
THE UMBRELLA MAN (The Inspector Samuel Tay Novels Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sam Tay Gem!, 8 Oct. 2013
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This is the second Sam Tay novel that I have read, and I am really getting into both the engaging protagonist, and the Singapore setting. This one has a really contemporary theme, an element of recent history, and a familial surprise for Tay. Jake Needham does for Singapore what Andrea Camilleri does for Sicily, and Tay and Montalbano are equally engaging in different ways. Highly recommended. Jake deserves to be far more popular in the US than he appears to be.


THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE (The Inspector Samuel Tay Novels Book 1)
THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE (The Inspector Samuel Tay Novels Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise, 21 Sept. 2013
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Having immersed myself in British,US, European,and Scandinavian crime fiction this was my first taste of an Asian setting. I am now hooked on Needham and Inspector Tay. A genuinely interesting and engaging protagonist, intricate plotting, vividly portrayed settings, and quality writing. I am astounded that Jake Needham is less well known in his native USA than in Singapore and Southeast Asia!


Kitchen Craft Aluminium Coated Carbon Steel Four Hole Egg Poacher
Kitchen Craft Aluminium Coated Carbon Steel Four Hole Egg Poacher
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for purpose, 3 Aug. 2013
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Good that you can see the eggs as they poach
Watch out that you don't put too much or too little water in. At least an inch rather than the half inch they recommend.
It cooks much faster than the original aluminium ones with plastic cups, so keep an eye on it.


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