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Brixton Beach
Brixton Beach
by Roma Tearne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read until......, 2 May 2013
This review is from: Brixton Beach (Paperback)
...the end which came over as contrived and unnecessary.

But for a description of life in Sri Lanka during the civil war, and the dislocation that occurs across familes as a result of migration I did not think the book could be bettered.

Roma Tearne really got into the psychology of sll her characters - old, young, male, female - in a way that I found very convincing and held me gripped in their own tragedies....

Spell-binding... Thank you...


Death and the Oxford Box
Death and the Oxford Box
by Veronica Stallwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.28

2.0 out of 5 stars dull and muddled, 2 May 2013
I got lost amongst all the characters, the "investigation" got nowhere and the unmasking only seemed to occur because the villain had a go at the amateur sleuth. And the villain's motivation was hard for me to fathom.
SO - no more of this series for me....


Darkside
Darkside
by Belinda Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I threw it across the room....., 28 April 2013
This review is from: Darkside (Paperback)
....in disgust.

The reviews suggested that afer Blacklands, which I thought passable, thinks were looking up.

I wasted hours waiting for something clever to happen in this book.....

There were some interesting sidelines along the way, like the policeman who bullies all around him.
But his "fate", and the un-masking of the murderer, were just ridiculous.

So I'm sorry Belinda - won't be reading any more of yours.....

MIKE


Like Clockwork
Like Clockwork
by Margie Orford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing....., 2 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Like Clockwork (Paperback)
I bought this book after hearing Margie give a talk at the South Bank in London and she came over as amusing and intelligent.
Unfortunately I found this book amazingly one-dimensional.
The characters all seem to live in a self-contained bubble in Cape Town - for example all the dead bodies seem to pitch up almost outside the psychologst / "profiler's" flat. And she is having a relationship with the detective. And there seem to be only about 3 other people living in Cape Town so the killer has to be one of them....
To a UK reader the plot seems scarely believeable. Every young girl in town seems to go to bars by themselves looking to be discovered as models or actresses.
And I found the moral stance of the book hard to understand - The bodies seem to be all discovered by migrant workers and their fate when they finally report them (of probably being deported) seems to be accepted by all.
Most men seem predatory and the fact that many women in the book seem to work in the sex industry appears to be taken as the norm.
If this is really how South Africa is they do have problems......
I have to say I found the novels of another SA crime writer - Deon Mayer - much more engrossing.....
Could not really see what the insights of the "forensic investigator" had to add to the unravelling of the story either.....


Bombproof
Bombproof
by Michael Robotham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY enjoyed this....., 18 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Bombproof (Paperback)
Ok - it stretched the credibility a bit but as others have said the 2 main characters here - Sami and Ruiz - are both intelligent, amusing and on the side of the angels.

The plot was quite clever I thought and captured London as I know it so for me it was one of Rowbotham's best.

To summarise - a good, easy and satisfying read


The Red Room
The Red Room
by Nicci French
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable and...., 30 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Red Room (Paperback)
....pointless

You could not guess it - because the villain comes out of nowhere!

The police are all idiots and our heroine seems to have relationships with half the suspects.

She seems to have no worries with going missing from her paid job.

And I completely missed the point of the title (if there was one).

My first (and last) Nicci French book


Bleed a River Deep (Inspector Devlin Mystery 3)
Bleed a River Deep (Inspector Devlin Mystery 3)
by Brian McGilloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but....., 28 Jan. 2013
I read the first 2 Devlin books and enjoyed them but was not bowled over. With this one though it felt as if someone had told the author to toughen up. So there is lots of bad language. A wholly unbelievable "bad" boss. And lots of daft things in the plot like - being "suspended", but still investigating the case; going off with evidence; going off on raids with another police force (the Northern Irish one) etc......

Also Devlin's family seem to be featuring more now (like by accommodating a criminal's partner - who is also a crime victim....)

Still - I made it through to the end. Just....


A Question of Identity: Simon Serrailler Book 7 (Simon Serrailler 7)
A Question of Identity: Simon Serrailler Book 7 (Simon Serrailler 7)
by Susan Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.54

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best....., 28 Dec. 2012
...but I read it to the end.

This time the plot did not stand up so all we were left with was the Detective's family dynamics.

There was also a lot of stuff before each chapter in italics that I skipped over. Later I read the blurb and discovered that these must be where we "get inside the mind of a deranged killer". Yea. Whatever. But I read books for stories, not psycho babble....

Good luck with the next one anyway Susan... I expect I'll buy it!


The Night Lawyer
The Night Lawyer
by Michelle Spring
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot going on......, 20 Dec. 2012
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Our heroine is small but tough. She needs to be with a stalker, a nasty piece of work next door and a gang of youths hanging around in her street. She is also victim of a fruitless love affair with a married man and has just started a new "job" - though she only seems to work from about 5 - 10 pm each day. Not bad for some - and it also enables her to spend most of the day in a karate class (it is not clear how the others get time off to attend!). She has an empty relationship with her Mother (eventually explained when the circumstances of her Father's death are unravelled). And despite the karate and lots of quite nice people all trying to help her she eventually nearly gets killed. But not quite. And all ends happily.
I was espcially attracted to this book by its locale set in and around Canary Wharf but I did not really get a sense that Micelle had done anything other than pass through it to get her "atmosphere". Nor does she seem to have spent much time in "Lewisham" which is where the bad boys in the book seem to come from and go to. But hey - as a south Londoner it's nice to be on the map at all.
Anyway - I managed to read though to the end so it wan't all bad!


The Reckoning: (Maeve Kerrigan 2)
The Reckoning: (Maeve Kerrigan 2)
by Jane Casey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm giving up....., 29 Nov. 2012
...with Jane Casey. I kept going to the end with this but so many things continue to irritate me about her writing.....

1) Too long. Don't need 20 pages cooking a spaghetti bolognese ending in an argument with her sort of boyfriend.
2) Cliched. Most of the male police are sexist beyond believe - would not survive in polite company, let alone in a publicly accountable body like the police...
3) The "heroine" Maeve is dull and daft. How can you get to your 20s/30s and not know that 4 bottles of wine between 2 of you will give
you a bad hangover the next day?
4) Plot - full of coincidences - one of the baddies lives in a flat in the same house as her. Well really ????
5) And the publisher! - has managed to put blurb on the back that has little relevance to the plot and had clearly been written by someone who had read no more than 5 pages of the book - they should be embarrased

I rest my case....


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