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The 500 (Mike Ford 1)
The 500 (Mike Ford 1)
by Matthew Quirk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 16 Dec 2014
This review is from: The 500 (Mike Ford 1) (Hardcover)
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Mike Ford has grown up in a world of crime. The son of a felon he is the top student at Harvard and lands a job at the Davies corporation. The group is paid by individuals, corporations, and special interest groups to influence the movers and shakers of Washington, the 500. Mike finds what he learned from his dad every bit as useful as what he learned in law school as the Davies group gets what they need using any means possible including blackmail, extortion and, as Mike will soon discover, murder. Quirk writes with an urgency and contemporary structure that is uniquely his own. Heart-pounding fast-paced plot. The plot strained credulity many times with the hero Mike Ford's incredible luck as he escaped time after time. Predictable in a few places, but a fun holiday read, none-the-less.


The Cove
The Cove
by Ron Rash
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 16 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Cove (Hardcover)
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Not a horror story as implied by the synopsis. The story of Laurel Shelton and her brother Hank. Hank has just returned from the Great War. Laurel has a birthmark which has her marked down as a witch in the local town. Anyone who has lived in a town isolated from the rest of the world (like Kirkby Stephen) will have encountered the small town prejudices portrayed here. The couple live in isolation in a cove in North Carolina. A mysterious, mute stranger playing a flute appears. They take him in and so starts a relationship. The year is 1918 and the first world war is coming to an end. Rash is a professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at the University of Western Carolina; therefore, he has a wealth of knowledge about the history and traditions of this part of the United States. The book is mystical and haunting and well written.


The Weight of Blood
The Weight of Blood
by Laura McHugh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A dark read., 15 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)
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This story is based around Lily and her deceased mother Lili. The narration in the first part of the book is first one then the other. It is prompted by the murder of Lily's friend in the small town they live in the Ozark mountains in America. It contains graphic scenes some may find disturbing yet are essential to the story. It's intriguing yet uncomfortable.an atmospheric depiction of small-town America haunted by dark and hidden secrets. Small town mentality where everybody knows everybody else and their secrets. Where you are an outsider unless you were born there. Where things can happen and get hidden away from the outside world and ignored by the locals. Who are either too scared or just don't care. A good read.


The Keeper (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 2) (Di Sean Corrigan 2)
The Keeper (DI Sean Corrigan, Book 2) (Di Sean Corrigan 2)
by Luke Delaney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Beware this book tells you the villain from book one!, 14 Dec 2014
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The second novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series. The first book "Cold Killing" was hard to put down. The author himself was in the police force so he knows the procedures. Beware that if you are reading this book before 'Cold Killing' that he does mention the villain in that book several times! Gripping. Not for the faint hearted.The narrative of the key people does keep your attention. A good read. The main detective character is likeable and has his own issues and that adds to the intrigue. Psychological edge. It might be the second in the series but it works as a stand alone tale. This is not a who dunnit, you know who the responsible party from the start. It is a well written police procedural with a DI who has some rather insightful investigative processes that don't always make sense to his colleagues. Excellent writing, great characters, the story flowed well and kept me guessing until the end. If you're a fan of crime thrillers, you'll be hooked. Delaney not only looks at the Police investigation side of catching a killer he delves into reasons why people end up being killers and explores their psychological motivations. The book is also well balanced, showing angles from the police investigation, the killers perspective, and that of the victim.. I have seen complaints on here about how graphic, at times, this book is. I think these details are necessary to give it realism. As one reviewer says there is a lot worse out there and suggests that maybe they should read Miss Marple!


The Edge of Nowhere
The Edge of Nowhere
by Elizabeth George
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For teens., 11 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Edge of Nowhere (Hardcover)
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Not obvious from the cover but this is aimed at the teen market. Plenty of teen angst to look forward to then. The storyline is good with a tight plot and plenty of twists and turn. The fast pacing of this novel will definitely go down well with its target market. I didn't like the cliff hanger ending. I much prefer books to be a complete story. Or at least a complete first part to a story.


The Third Wife
The Third Wife
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read., 10 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Third Wife (Hardcover)
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Well written, gripping and entertaining. Themes of family life and relationships. It is a good light read. Even a whodunit! A page turner and a mystery, as well as a sharply observed story about the complexities of relationships. A proper whodunnit, with some notable red herrings. The writing is very fluid, comfortable and satisfying to read, and the plot is a strong one. Enjoyed it!


QuickBooks Online Essentials, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
QuickBooks Online Essentials, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
Offered by abcStores
Price: £54.49

4.0 out of 5 stars The user interface is simple and easy and the layout is friendly, 10 Dec 2014
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You are buying the rights to use it for 12 MONTHS only. The user interface is simple and easy and the layout is friendly. This package does not assume that you know everything about what you are doing if you are new to it. There are a number of on-line videos and tutorials that show you what the software is capable of. All data is stored in the "cloud". Software can be accessed from any location (or anyone including your accountant if they have the login details), using a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. This version includes payroll. Very comprehensive for a small company and fairly straight forward to use.


BT Zapper Set Top Box
BT Zapper Set Top Box
Price: £86.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good little box but no recording., 10 Dec 2014
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This is a good freeview type box. If you already have freeview (or Sky or Virgin etc) there probably isn't any point in getting this box. In fact other boxes can do a lot more like recording programmes. No recording function on this box. Which for the original price of one hundred notes I would have expected (the price is already coming down). What I do like about this box is the TV guide, where you can easily go back to watch shows from previous days. This is the same as On Demand but a heck of a lot easier to access. There is a separate On Demand on the box. It has Iplayer, Demand 5 (ch5), Now TV (subscription), Milkshake (kids ch5), UKTV play (Dave, Yesterday, Really), Sky Stores(subscription), Quest (11 programmes like wheeler dealers), Netflix (subscription). The box did seem to get hot very quickly so I am keeping my eye on that. All in all a reasonable box if you don't have freeview but don't expect too much!


Tacwise 0396 18G/ 25mm Nails (Box of 5000)
Tacwise 0396 18G/ 25mm Nails (Box of 5000)
Price: £3.32

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product., 10 Dec 2014
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5000 nails, that's plenty of nails to keep you going for a long time (lifetime?!) for your average DIYer like me. Good, strong nails, reasonably priced. Galvanised so can be used outside and not rust. Worked perfectly with the 191ELS Nail Gun. Compatible with a large range of other brands of nail gun. These one inch nails are an ideal size for thin materials to thicker joists or beams etc. Very easy to insert into the nail gun. No jamming, no problems!


Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Offered by Guilty Gadgets
Price: £5.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 10 Dec 2014
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10 metres of extra wiring. Very useful for allowing the use of a TV in another room or in another part of the room. Many aerial sockets are not in the ideal place once you move your room around. This is the solution. Not great if you already have a weak signal because the extra 10 metres will make the signal even weaker. Tested with a TV in another room and worked perfectly!


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