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Parachuting Santa and the Little Chiseller. 4 Short Stories (Great Reads) 20K Words
Parachuting Santa and the Little Chiseller. 4 Short Stories (Great Reads) 20K Words
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories and Super Value for Money (Again), 23 Dec 2012
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Despite the title this is an adult collection of short stories. The title story is a really amusing tale about a paratrooper dressed as Santa who ends up hanging outside a child's bedroom window and is at their mercy. Some children can be crafty little devils at times.

Genius is a great story with superb twist in the tail. As always; great characters and a story that will keep your interest all the way through.

In Gotcha a young reporter does a little detective work when she is incensed about a serial murderer and rapist who always gets away with his crimes. This story is strictly for adults only. Her interviews with two of his victims from the past lead her to ... Yes, another great and unexpected twist in the tail.

Nut is just about one of the best short stories you could wish to read. The characters are well drawn, even the two dogs who appear in chapter 2. The mystery turns out to be less of a mystery to the two detectives, once they apply detective logic, but then their prime suspect vanishes without a trace. As the description says, "Is this the perfect crime?" You will have to read the story to find the answer. And I promise you that you won't be disappointed.

As before, this is a collection of divers and highly intriguing stories that will keep you amused when you have the odd hour or two to enjoy them. If you like short stories, Rik Atherton's short story collections are fantastic value for money.


Murder can be Smelly. 5 Short Stories (Great Reads) 20K Words
Murder can be Smelly. 5 Short Stories (Great Reads) 20K Words
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories and Super Value for Money, 23 Dec 2012
The title story is a fascinating murder mystery with great characters. I didn't manage to work out the solution, but when the answer was finally revealed all the clues had been there all the time. It is a real challenge for those who like to work out who done it.

A Telegram at Christmas is told in part from the perspective of a cat. A very novel and interesting viewpoint. A really well crafted short story with a great twist in the tail.

In Everyone Loves Alice we see the world through the eyes of a giant of a man with the mental age of a child. However he has the libido of a man and he has a passion for petite blonds. His mother has just died and he has the freedom to do as he pleases, but he doesn't understand right from wrong. It is a rather chilling tale. Not for the squeamish.

The author must have criminal mind to have worked out the burglars' modus-operandi in the two Silent Alarm stories. Two very intriguing and great reads.

This is a collection of divers and highly fascinating stories that will keep you amused when you have the odd hour or two to enjoy them. If you like short stories, Rik Atherton's short story collections are great value for money.


The Vanishing Point
The Vanishing Point
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Disappointed, 30 Sep 2012
I'm always a little suspicious of reviews where the reviewer over describe what you can read for yourself in the Look Inside feature. Before you read any reviews, it is best to read the opening chapters to get a flavour for the book and to experience Val McDermid's writing style, which is as always, exceptional. What I read got me hooked. I decided to get the book that
So, five-year-old Jimmy is abducted from his guardian, Stephanie Harker, at O'Hare Airport.
The story continues with the mystery as to why anyone would want to have kidnapped Jimmy and the hunt is on to find him. As Stephanie Harker is interviewed by the FBI it emerges that the kidnapped boy what a son of deceased reality TV star, Scarlett Higgins. The history of the relationship between the two women is well handled and told in flashback intermingled with the hunt to find Jimmy. His father had died from a drug-overdose shortly after marrying Scarlett just before the birth of Jimmy.

There is a good mix of characters that are interesting and well defined, especially the flamboyant Scarlett.

Stephanie and her boyfriend, Detective Nick Nicolaides, eventually lead the hunt to find Jimmy in a plot with plenty of twists and turns, and surprises. However, some might be regarded as a little too far-fetched and unbelievable, and it is these that rather spoiled the story for me. But, I read it to the end and enjoyed it with reservations.

I will say nothing about the ending; otherwise it will spoil your enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Val McDermid's normally excellent plotting is not quite up to her usual standard. However, this book is still a good read and worth the money if you like a good complicated psychological thriller.

If you are a Val McDermid devotee you will either love or hate this book.


The Life
The Life
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feeling, 30 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Life (Kindle Edition)
Martina Cole's early books were great reads, but unfortunately she doesn't seem to have had the same edge in her recent books. However The Life shows indications that early talent is still there.

The story is a saga about a criminal family with two psychopathic brothers with contrasting personalities who build up a criminal empire in London's East End. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot as the next generation join the family business. It needs careful reading as the plot is complex in places with intrigues and betrayals. There is plenty of violence for those who like that.

Martina Cole's avid fans will love this book, but the more critical readers will find some of the repetition tiresome and although it is a fresh story, the characters seem to be stereotypes that Martina Cole has used before. Let's hope her next book will be more of an improvement and we will see Martina Cole back to her old form


SELF DEFENCE against the PSYCHOPATH    Essential Reading For Everyone
SELF DEFENCE against the PSYCHOPATH Essential Reading For Everyone
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has An Important Message, 25 Sep 2012
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I revised this review to put this in. This book is highly enlightening for everyone, but must be very worrying for psychopaths. No normal person can fail to rate this book highly, as it does what it sets out to do extremely well. You should be highly suspicious of any low ratings and judge for yourself by reading the first few chapters for free.

I was intrigued by the title of this book. It's a departure from Mr Atherton's usual output (He writes brilliant Fiction). I took a look inside at the first few chapters and I was amazed to see the type of information that I've always really wanted to know.
Have a look for yourself. It is clearly written in a very easily understandable format. Having finished the book, and gone over much of it for a second time I feel that Mr Atherton has done an important service in clearly explaining about the dangers of psychopaths and what we all can do to combat this problem and keep everyone safe. He looks at the problem rationally and is constantly warning us about the dangers, but he also, just as rationally, explains that we don't need to become paranoid: Just more aware of this massive problem and a little more careful, especially about whom we vote for.

If only I had read this book 40 years ago I believe my life would have been much happier and I wouldn't have made some of the mistakes that I have.

This book has enabled me to help a friend who has just finished a relationship with a despicable character. She read the book on our Kindle. She was able to go straight to the sections that were relevant. She felt much better knowing the reasons for what had happened to her and the guy's evil motivations. She is following the advice in the book and seeking the right sort of help, but she is already half way there after reading this book.

I did at one time try to read a book about psychopaths by a leading expert, but it was long-winded and didn't clearly put the message across. It was as though the book had to be padded out with lots of examples which only really lead to confusion. (My friend would have been more confused.) He is making a great deal of money out of people who might be intellectual and like a long read, but he is not helping the general public with his book like this one does.
On the cover of the book, Self Defence against the Psychopath, it says it is essential reading for anyone. It really is. The more people that read it, the fewer people there will be who will be conned and abused by psychopaths.

Get everyone you know to read it. It is Important!


No, It's Us Too!
No, It's Us Too!

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's free. Get it anyway., 11 Sep 2012
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This review is from: No, It's Us Too! (Kindle Edition)
This book is a compilation of anecdotes from the general public which really are funny and highly amusing.

It is an advertising vehicle for her book coming out in a month's time and not a proper book in its own right.

It is good read, but you cannot credit Miranda Hart for any more than compiling the content. It's free at the moment, but if you had to pay for it I'm not sure that whatever the price it would be value for money.


Leeway for Murder (Paula Sinclair - Private Detective Book 1)
Leeway for Murder (Paula Sinclair - Private Detective Book 1)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Is A Definite MUST Read, 9 Sep 2012
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I was so taken by Psychopath's Legacy that I couldn't wait to read Mr Atherton's next book. Leeway for Murder was not a disappointment. I had been looking forward to another complicated murder mystery. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was reading a different type of story. The main protagonists Paula Sinclair is an entirely different type of character to Cassie Moore, but just as fascinating. Paula Sinclair is a fun loving, and less of an explosive feisty female, but there are times when she is quite daunting to her male colleagues: Fantastic characterisations all round.
And, Eddie Nash!!! I love Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but Eddie Nash has the edge for me. He is a lot more endearing and believable as a character, but even more ruthless when it comes to the crunch - chillingly and cold-blooded to those who deserve it. He sends a sexual shiver down my spine!!!!!!!! WOW.
This turned out to be a more of a darkly light hearted thriller getting more and more exiting towards the end.
I won' spoil it for you, but there is a TEN STAR ***** BRILLIANT ENDING *****
I can't make my mind up if I want more Paula Sinclair or Cassie Moore. Whatever! This book is an absolute Must, Must ...................... MUST read.
I want more from this brilliant writer.


Twice Bitten - An enthralling novelette of 20,000 words (Great Reads Book 1)
Twice Bitten - An enthralling novelette of 20,000 words (Great Reads Book 1)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Is An Enthralling Story, 9 Sep 2012
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This is another of Atherton's books where you wonder what the cover is all about. It represents quite an important part of the book, is all I dare say .... With a shudder!

It's a well thought out combination of two stories each touching upon the other.

In the main story MacGregor sets the scene as though chatting to you as friend. You get the idea, but at that stage you are not sure if you like him or not? He comes over as a nice guy, but is he too arrogant? As the story progresses you learn about his mixture of ethics and his wicked sense of humour directed at the more unpleasant characters in the story.

There was one bit that had me laughing out loud, but it also had a rather poignant underlying message about the church in our society.

By the end I thoroughly loved MacGregor, and I was also quite sad for him. Money can't buy you love and it can't buy you happiness. I don't want to give the ending away but it really is good.

It's NOT a short story that you can read in twenty minutes or half an hour that you can buy for the same price. It took me well over two hours to read it.

This book is great read and great value for money.


Submission (The Plume Book 1)
Submission (The Plume Book 1)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A POOR losss leader, 5 Sep 2012
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The first thing to say about this book is that it looks unprofessional; the author failed to put in a table of contents. Consequently navigating through the story is a matter of scrolling.

It's a very short book and should have been advertised as a short not even a novelette. If I hadn't noticed the small print, it would've been annoying if I had bought it to find it was this short(just an anoying 90ish pages). I went back and looked at the length of some of the authors other books. They're all just as short. Value for money wise, compared to most other books they should really only be selling for about 20p.

In the story, reporter Joanna wants to write a feature about a sex club called the Plume. If you read the Product Description you will see just how predictable story is. The club's owner will do whatever is necessary to protect his club in the privacy of the members, and Joanna discovers that she has secret desires. Well, that is a surprise isn't it.

If you like a story revolving around sex and are not too bothered about having a good plot to support the action then you will probably enjoy this book. If not, don't bother.

Despite the lack of imagination shown by the author, it is well written and quite easy to read which helps it to get to a tentative three stars.

Ella Ardent has great promise and needs to work harder on devising more intriguing story lines and writing a proper full length novel that will be value for money at 1.50, say, at least 300/400 pages.


BAIT: Vampire Romantic Suspense Free (The Angler Book 1)
BAIT: Vampire Romantic Suspense Free (The Angler Book 1)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A damn good good plot!!!!, 5 Sep 2012
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The story certainly gets going quickly but the writing is stilted and it is a bit boring. And, I must say I got fed up with the number of times we were told of Connie's stiletto heels in the first few pages. I found the author's use of some inappropriate adjectives rather distracting. This book could really do with going over by a good editor to get it up to a 5 star standard, it certainly has that potential!

I expected it to be a bit like the Buffy stories, and it was to a certain extent. But it is a book more for teenagers than most adults. However, the plot was invented and reasonably well-thought-out. There are some exciting parts and some obvious sex thrown in for good measure.
I would thoroughly recommend it to teenagers who like well thought out vampire stories. However, more sophisticated readers would find it a little implausible, and irritated by the lack of attention to detail in the writing. But I still rate it as a good 3 stars, almost a 4.


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