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The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1)
The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1)
by Robert Goddard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down, 8 April 2015
A disappointing con.
Don't waste you time as others have said - over 400 pages and then - only one third of the story.
And who did what to whom anyway - I do not care
Chucked it


Cradle to Grave
Cradle to Grave
by Aline Templeton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a muddle, 24 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Cradle to Grave (Paperback)
I have read a number of Aline's books beofre and enjoyed them but this was a hopeless muddle.
Firstly I was confused by the geography. There seems to be a bridge to a headland but lots of people relevant to the plot seem to live on the other side. There is a big house, a row of cottages which get flooded and a row that get hit by a landslide. Where were they all? - well I had not got a clue. Where is the town? There seem to be 2 - Galloway and Kirkcudbright. The bridge gets destroyed - and then rebuilt in a few minutes it seems??? The detective gets concussed twice - but is still in charge of things (although having a relationship in the past with one of the villains?)
There are 3 crimes - a dead baby (that never gets resolved), some sort of fraud (that also does not get resolved) and THREE murders. Were they linked? - well I did not know. Anyway - who was it who got bumped off they all had simialr names - and were also ALL pretty anonymous - no friends or family in the book at all. One detective gets murdered, one has a breakdown......It was too too much...
How did it end - well - I read to the end but really - I had not got a clue......
Keep it simple next time Pleeeezee


Waterloo Station Through Time
Waterloo Station Through Time
by John Christopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very hard work to plough through, 1 Oct. 2014
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An idiosyncratic book, hard to follow as no maps were included


Ticket to the World
Ticket to the World
Price: £9.16

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD, 1 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Ticket to the World (Audio CD)
Loved the songs and the voice - so gritty and real


BED OF STONE
BED OF STONE
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good listen, 1 Oct. 2014
This review is from: BED OF STONE (Audio CD)
Great music - loved the voice and the songs


Snapshot
Snapshot
by Craig Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Needs lots of cutting...., 1 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Snapshot (Paperback)
This book was MUCH too long for the rather limited story, amd quite dull. I was so relived to finish it.
Don't think I'll do another


The History of Waterloo Station
The History of Waterloo Station
by John Fareham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless......, 23 April 2014
This book is no good for the general reader - only a complete anorack would enjoy it - or understand it.
As already said the lack of any maps makes it impossible to follow.
The pictures are odd.
And the irritating and chatty writing style annoyed me. Next time - get a good editor.

Mine has gone to the charity shop - my only regret is that I read more than half before I decided to go out and get a book that did tell me the history of the station properly with maps and pictures....


Western Approaches (Jimmy Suttle 1)
Western Approaches (Jimmy Suttle 1)
by Graham Hurley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner for me..., 22 Feb. 2014
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I think Hurley writes in a very impressive way so that even when the plot is a bit thin you keep going.

Good that McKenzie is dead so he does not come in to divert the plot much, but I miss the depth of the Joe Faraday character....

Also - Paul Winter pops up AGAIN implausibly....

But I will buy the next one for the quality of the writing and to see where Suttle and his wife are now.....


Stop Dead (DI Geraldine Steel 5)
Stop Dead (DI Geraldine Steel 5)
by Leigh Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I keep forgetting......, 22 Feb. 2014
....how dull these books are.

Seeing a nice crime book remaindered in my local book shop should be a big eough warning.....

Apart from the boring characters the author seems to have little idea how an investigation might proceed. For examnple, endless speculation about who the vicitm might have been with? - well - why not look at his mobile phone or computer... Doesn't happen here..

Off to interview the prime suspect - well why not go by yourself with no back up - and duck when she comes at you with a hammer...

Sorry - with so many good books around these should be stopped....


Blood in the Water: An Alice Rice Mystery: Book 1
Blood in the Water: An Alice Rice Mystery: Book 1
Price: £1.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short but...dull, 12 Feb. 2014
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Sorry but I also found the characters wooden (the most exciting things that seems to happen is that the boss has a cold!!!!).

Our police heroine Alice Rice gets up early and has a dog - end of story. Her most regular contact apart from work seems to be with her neighbour who has dementia. No wonder she is looking for a partner....

The plot was bizarre - each victim is introduced in one chapter and then immediately killed off - so predictable.

There is a lot of Scottish legal talk which did nothing for me (excpet I now know a few more legal terms).

And the denoument had no surprise, intrigue or excitement.

I bought this as it remaindered by my local libraray - I wonder why........

No more please.....


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