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The Faithless
The Faithless
by Martina Cole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Some Recent, 12 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Faithless (Hardcover)
I felt this book was stronger than some of her recent offerings- though there was still some of the repetition which rendered those stories so unreadable and bad.
This is quite a good story, and the characters are well written.
Maybe not quite a return to full form, but a step up from the recent fall off.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 7, 2012 4:25 PM GMT


Now You See Me
Now You See Me
by Lesley Glaister
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy World?, 7 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Now You See Me (Paperback)
This writer always gives us very good books, and this is a good read.

The two main characters remain really hard to pin down- they are vague, elusive and deceptive- and both are terrible liars.

The book seemed to me lighter in tone, and more insubstantial than some of the writer's other books.


Fear the Worst
Fear the Worst
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Fear the Worst, 29 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Fear the Worst (Hardcover)
Well maybe not the worst, but this is not a book to spend too much time on.
Implausible plot, cardboard characters, and mechanical pace, leading to nonsensical ending.
I read on with an increasing sense of tedium, and finished purely out of duty.
What is going on?
Do we care?
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 2, 2012 2:47 PM BST


The Seance. A Novel
The Seance. A Novel
by John Harwood
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Murder, 12 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Seance. A Novel (Hardcover)
A good, interesting story. I am not prepared to compare it to Wilkie Collins, it is far less dense, and for all its period setting, more "modern" than Collins.

But the multiple narrator design works well- and I like the family tree which is always needed in this type of book.


Tigerlily's Orchids
Tigerlily's Orchids
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wilting Orchids?, 24 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Tigerlily's Orchids (Hardcover)
While worth reading as all Rendell's books are, this is a rather inconsequential novel.
Peggy Lee asked "Is that all there is?" and one could say the same of this book.
If you compare this to "A Demon in my View" which also dealt with oddball characters living in flats, there is nothing like the menace, or tightness of plot- this book is all rather laissez faire, there is a murder but its perpetrator hardly seem to matter and the motive is not believable.

The lasting impression is "So What?".

In a month I won't remember any of it, whereas many many years later I remember "A Demon in My View".


What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
by Sarah Rayne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Murderous Tale, 14 Oct. 2011
This review is from: What Lies Beneath (Paperback)
A good book and well worth reading- I would say I did not find this quite as atmospheric as some of the other books by this writer- some of the village scenes (in the present, not the past ones) struck me as a bit Miss Marple- the characters of Clem and Veronica being somewhat unbelievable.

Nonetheless, there is much of interest, and one very gory, gut wrenching scene.


The Jackal Man: Number 15 in series (Wesley Peterson)
The Jackal Man: Number 15 in series (Wesley Peterson)
by Kate Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Tale, 10 Oct. 2011
As with all this writer's books this is well written, imaginative and well thought out.
I did have one small niggle about the identity of the killer- and to keep it vague so as not to spoil the plot-something the killer is able to do which isn't really convincing.

But this is not of overwhelming importance, given the high quality of the book as a whole.


The Blood Pit: Number 12 in series (Wesley Peterson)
The Blood Pit: Number 12 in series (Wesley Peterson)
by Kate Ellis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Further Success, 29 Sept. 2011
Kate Ellis has a consistently high quality output- the imagination and detail are again evident in this excellent story- monks, public schools, assault, hemlock poisoning, and even a tiny bit of Henry VIII.

And even minor characters like the revolting Carl Pinney are so well drawn.


The Flesh Tailor: Number 14 in series (Wesley Peterson)
The Flesh Tailor: Number 14 in series (Wesley Peterson)
by Kate Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner, 16 Sept. 2011
This is an unusually well written and carefully plotted book.
A good story, well told, and with some surprises.

The flash backs to war-time evacuation were interesting, and fitted well into the disturbing story.


Michael Tolliver Lives
Michael Tolliver Lives
by Armistead Maupin
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Mouse, 16 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Michael Tolliver Lives (Hardcover)
A slight, almost plotless story, not much point to it or life in it.
Nice enough to catch up on some of the rather two dimensional characters- and the picture painted of the brother Irwin is grimly amusing.


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