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TOO MANY CLIENTS (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 34)
TOO MANY CLIENTS (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 34)
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as any, 31 Mar. 2014
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From a plot point of view this is as good as any Wolfe, which means it's very good indeed. It was rather spoiled for me, by an unpleasant and unforgiveable attitude to domestic violence.
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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells (Jeeves & Wooster Series Book 16)
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells (Jeeves & Wooster Series Book 16)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't do it for me, 31 Mar. 2014
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My problem with this isn't the language - Faulks was on a hiding to nothing but has as good a stab as the reader has right to expect - it's that the two main characters are taken off in a direction that Woodhouse spurned over decades of writing about them. Quite why Faulks thinks he knows better is hard to say.
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Heirs of the Body (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 21)
Heirs of the Body (A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 21)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, but good, 6 Mar. 2014
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I'm not knocking the implausibility; there wouldn't be much of a series without it. But the conceit that it is Daisy's cousin's responsibility to identify his own heir is, well, complete nonsense. It's a good read though, well up to the high standard set by the author previously.


A Murderous Affair
A Murderous Affair
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, 6 Mar. 2014
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Just so - a good read, well written and plotted. The only thing really wrong with it is that there are so many sub-plots that the wrapping up of the loose ends is all a bit rushed.


Wicked Autumn (Max Tudor Book 1)
Wicked Autumn (Max Tudor Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plot better than setting, 1 Mar. 2014
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This is a perfectly adequate, deliberately old-fashioned, murder mystery which passes the time very nicely. The bit that doesn't make any sense is why the author - clearly an American - didn't write about the US she must know about rather than a UK that is completely imaginary. The setting and dialogue don't make any sense to a native British speaker. No-one in a West Country (that's West Country not South Western) village (and how lucky those villagers are with all those shops) would eat 'Wheat Toast', or at least they would, but they certainly wouldn't call it that. Nor would they refer to 'Queen Elizabeth' (she would always just be 'The Queen'); and we don't look back to our college years, we all went to uni, and nobody has referred to a policeman as a 'bobby' in the last half century ('plod pod' would be a far more likely nickname for their mobile office); there are no cobblestone streets any more; British people don't use the word 'jackass' and we don't have 'catsup' on our food; and...well you get the picture.
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The Late Scholar (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series Book 4)
The Late Scholar (Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane series Book 4)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesey plot (pun intended), 19 Jan. 2014
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The author presumably thought it important to tie this back to Sayers' original novels, hence the return of various modus operandi (I know that's not the plural) from the original books plus a prurient interest in the main characters' sex life. I'm not sure she needed to bother because she's easily a good enough writer to plot and write a Wimsey book from scratch. It's not in the slightest believable, but then it's about a murder solving Duke married to a detective novelist. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the only fault I can offer up is that Wimsey on more than one occasion pops into the pub for a ploughman's lunch. Seeing as the term wasn't invented by the Milk Marketing Board until the 1960s he is being somewhat anachronistic which is a shame given all the other period colour that is trowelled on.
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Horatio Nelson
Horatio Nelson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful introduction, 4 Jan. 2014
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For those who, like me, know nothing of Nelson beyond the obvious points about arms, Trafalgar and Lady Hamilton this brief, but comprehensive run through his career is a useful eye-opener. Episodes of his service from the Arctic to Central America form part of a narrative that seems predestined to end in either death or glory or, as happened, both. One word of warning though, he doesn't come across as having been very pleasant and Emma Hamilton was clearly even worse. It all depends whether you can cope with your heroes having feet of clay or not.


Crossed Quills
Crossed Quills
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3.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional but unobjectionable, 4 Jan. 2014
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I've no idea why I started to read this, but having done so saw no reason not to finish it. Now there's a recommendation for you. It's fine if you like this sort of thing, but contains no depth or insights beyond the fact that the idle rich aren't always very nice. It's undemanding, bland and goes exactly where you think it will in a nice, cosy reassuring manner.


The Black Mountain (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 24)
The Black Mountain (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 24)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inexpeditious expedition, 4 Jan. 2014
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Nero Wolfe is the detective that never leaves home. Except that actually of course he often does, but never as far as in this story when he among other things revisits the place of his birth. It's perfectly fine - containing the usual sparky dialogue between Archie and his boss - but isn't very believable in the context of the rest of the series. Still, it does contain possibly the only reference in popular fiction to Georgy Malenkov, a man whose fame (infamy?) has certainly not lived on after his death.


MURDER ON HADRIAN'S WALL
MURDER ON HADRIAN'S WALL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 4 Jan. 2014
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I spent the first third or so of the book hoping that there was a well thought out plot hiding behind the appalling prose, clunky dialogue and pages of often inaccurate historical exposition. Having read it all I can confirm that there isn't.


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