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The History of Waterloo Station
The History of Waterloo Station
by John Fareham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.65

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: 5.59

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 (Geraldine Steel 5) (DI Geraldine Steel)
Stop Dead (Geraldine Steel 5) (DI Geraldine Steel)
by Leigh Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

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: 0.95

1 of 1 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.....


Risking it All (A Fran Varady Crime novel)
Risking it All (A Fran Varady Crime novel)
by Ann Granger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.87

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best....., 2 Jan 2014
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If you like this author's style of writing, and particulalrly if you are enjoying the Fran Varady series this is a powerfull addition to the series as the storyline has emotional depth and left me wondering - what would I do - quite often. A good read!


Calling Out For You (Inspector Sejer 5)
Calling Out For You (Inspector Sejer 5)
by Karin Fossum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sad....., 2 Jan 2014
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story, but beautifully written.

The blurb perhaps gives a bit too much of the plot away so I skipped a few pages where you knew what was going to happen, but the unravelling of the scenario and the pathos of the victim's husband was very well done...


The Last Link: The First 30 Years of the Hampstead Railway
The Last Link: The First 30 Years of the Hampstead Railway
by Mike Horne
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great...., 2 Jan 2014
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...little summary of a very complex history.

Enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it for the non-technical enthusiast - though maybe a few more maps would help....


Death Toll
Death Toll
by Jim Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down..., 15 Nov 2013
This review is from: Death Toll (Paperback)
Pretty great book!

2 stories for the price of one. It is quite complicated but worth sticking with it and the way the stories both stand up is good.

Well done Jim - your best yet!


Glasgow Kiss: 6 (DCI Lorimer)
Glasgow Kiss: 6 (DCI Lorimer)
by Alex Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better, 15 Nov 2013
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Having been a bit negative about Alex's books in the past I enjoyed this one more - characters have depth and the story was quite moving. Not earth shattering but I thought the plotting was OK and the scenario quite scarily believeable.


Princess of Burundi, The (Inspector Ann Lindell)
Princess of Burundi, The (Inspector Ann Lindell)
by Kjell Eriksson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading because...., 1 Oct 2013
...the translation is stilted and poor.
It looks like a dictionary has been used for many of the phrases and any reproducing of the Swedish into colloquial English seems completely lacking.

....the title is irrelvant. OK - I thought there might be a real princess but when I found out it was about a fish I think I could have lived with that. But WHY do their heads get chopped off which is the only time they feature? - not explained at all

....the plot is terrible - espcially in terms of the denoument. I could just have lived with this book if a tragic murder was well resolved. But the villain creeps in at the end - and we find out more about his tyre tracks than about him!!

And finally the publishers must be slammed - some more. Previous reviewers have already pointed out their cynical failure to publish the series properly. My gripe is about the front cover - "Featuring Inspector Ann...." NO - she is on maternity leave. And the back blurb has been written by someone who has clearly not read any of the book at all. VERY POOR SHOW

I wasted 0.50 in a charity shop buying another in the series before reading this one. But they are both heading now heading back that one with one un-read. Life is too short to waste on this stuff.....


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