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The Death Pictures (The TV Detective Series)
The Death Pictures (The TV Detective Series)
by Simon Hall
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally compelling, 4 April 2008
The mystery of the Death Pictures draws you in from its first compelling words and sweeps you along to its breathtaking climax. In the character of TV reporter Dan Groves, Simon Hall has introduced us to a new star of the genre, a cheeky, intuitive beer swilling, lovable charmer.

The story of the Death pictures focuses on an eccentric, bohemian painter who is dying of cancer. He paints a series of ten paintings and hides within them abstract clues to a riddle. Whoever solves the mystery gets to keep the final masterpiece in the series. The whole country is swept along in a wave of excitement and media hype, which hits an unbelievable new high when soon after he is found murdered in his own home.

There is so much in this book to love. High drama, a stunning courtroom climax, some beautifully observed supporting characters and lovely touches of descriptive writing that evoke the feel of South West England. I can feel a Morse or a Bergerac in the making.

On the Tip of My Tongue: Questions, Facts, Curiosities and Games of a Quizzical Nature
On the Tip of My Tongue: Questions, Facts, Curiosities and Games of a Quizzical Nature
by David Gentle
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy one for yourself, and one for someone else !!!, 23 Oct. 2007
'On the tip of my tongue' is ideal for the whole family as it goes way back in time and covers a huge variety of trivial, but annoyingly important wisdom. From naming all twelve lines of the London Underground, through the seven chart topping singles of Kylie, and the Olympic host cities of the modern era, to the nine activities traditionally forbidden in public swimming pools. Yoda the grandmaster of knowledge said of its lists "Love them all you will. Remember them all you wont!"

This book will stop your family from fighting their way through Christmas, and instantly liven up a night in the pub. It's a book of mind games and mental challenges that will test even the most acutely trivial amongst us. It will also show up those inclined to know more than they should admit about Boy Bands or Doctor Who. The big kids in your family will love it!!

This book is just great! If you want a book that will test your knowledge and make you an instant quizmaster, this is it! If you want to be the pub quiz wizard, this is it! If you have someone in your family who loves trivia and annoying all others with it, this is the gift to get.

This wonderful book is packed with hundreds of very irritating lists of things that you think you know, and probably do, but can you remember it now? Oh - it's just 'on the tip of my tongue'. You will LOVE IT and HATE IT!!! BUY IT NOW!!!!

The Album
The Album
Price: £2.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAW ENERGY !!! LISTEN WITH ABANDON!!!, 5 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Album (Audio CD)
Right from the start they hit the ground running. There is an underlying current that does not let up. The opener, Can't let Go, kicks you into a state of alertness, but what follows blows all the fuses. Keep on Dancing is absolutely fantastic and demands instant playback. It's been a long time since I've heard something like this.

Song after song the lyrics are poppy and rhythm happy, while retaining an edge that continues to remind you that you are alive, have some senses and really need to check that you haven't left the dinner on.

Taking me Over is a blast from your past (if its anything like mine) and puts you into a ska/clash/punk wonderland. Don't be fooled by their hard fast guitar and red raw vocals these guys think carefully about what they are saying. This is a thoroughly modern album, but could easily have come out in 1977.

So Long is another where you want to replay it IMMEDIATELY and listen again. The tempo is frenetic, and somehow its getting out of control. And then there is Up and Down. If you thought you could stay sitting for this album forget it. Play it loud. Blow your Mind really kicks off about 2/3rds of the way through and has a very fine lalala bit that everyone gets the hang of pretty easily.

How does it end? We Could Be Happy is magnificent, melodious, meandering. It's happy, joyful, soulful.

They have made a very fine debut album. I love their raw energy, their speed changes, their jangly guitars, their singalongability. If he were alive today, John Peel would have loved them.

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