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Then We Take Berlin
Then We Take Berlin
by John Lawton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Nov 2014
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Keeps up the high standard of his other books. Plausible and well-researched


A Death at the Palace (Rex Tracey 1)
A Death at the Palace (Rex Tracey 1)
by M. H. Baylis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Nov 2014
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Captures this unloved part of north London accurately. Readable and entertaining


The Axeman's Jazz
The Axeman's Jazz
by Ray Celestin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Nov 2014
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Superb and original evocation of time and place - a significant new talent


Ayoade on Ayoade
Ayoade on Ayoade
by Richard Ayoade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Under edited & over written, 15 Nov 2014
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Leaden attempt at parody results in solipsistic drivel


The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel
The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel
by Mark Pryor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly wanting, 29 Sep 2013
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A cover blurb comparing Pryor to Alan Furst was unwise. The bar is set high and the author misses it by a mile.
Some good writing and dialogue are undermined by ludicrous plot contrivances (the sale of an all-important book early in the narrative) and travelog-like descriptions. I rarely give up on a book but couldn't continue past page 80.


Brighton Belle: A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery: Book 1
Brighton Belle: A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery: Book 1
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Room for improvement, 13 Oct 2012
Nice idea and a promising beginning, sadly Sheridan becomes confused by her own plot two thirds of the way through and after a leisurely start rushes the ending.

Don't publishers edit author's copy any more? if so they might have sorted out some of the character confusion, corrected the text and addressed some of the historical errors: Stiletto heels in Brighton in 1951, not until the late 1950s. Characters crying into tissues - not for another 20 years at least. A ships' chandler is not the same thing as boatyard and as for golden £2 coins..!


The White Van Papers: Tales of London Today: Bugs, Murder and Privilege
The White Van Papers: Tales of London Today: Bugs, Murder and Privilege
by Roland Muldoon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The perils of self -publishing, 26 Feb 2012
There's a reason why publishers employ editors and reject submissions - as this woeful tome exemplifies.

I read voraciously but couldn't get past the first few pages, defeated by a leaden, poorly constructed prose style so bad I was unable to engage with Muldoon's faltering attempts at character construction. The dialogue is stilted, the narrative fails to flow; key elements of any good crime story.

Look out for the warning signs - two five star reviews from contributors who've assessed no other title (friends of the author? surely not) and a pay-to-publish imprint...


London's Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End
London's Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End
by Mark Beynon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 10 Feb 2012
Insultingly bad - how it was ever accepted by a publisher beggars belief. A partly and partially researched exercise in frustration better listed under 'fiction'. Benyon sets out half-baked hypothesis and then desperately tries to organise his 'evidence' to fit. Time and again he makes assertions of 'fact' completed unsupported by a confusing narrative that jumps and stutters in a manner which would get him thrown off any reputable journalism course in his first week. Goodness knows why I finished reading it, possibly so I could write this review and save others the bother. One star only because Amazon doesn't allow me to award none. The author owes me a refund.


Samsung E1130B Rocky Hardwearing and Durable Sim Free Mobile Phone, IP54 Protection Certified
Samsung E1130B Rocky Hardwearing and Durable Sim Free Mobile Phone, IP54 Protection Certified

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple & effective, 5 Aug 2011
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Does what the makers' claim - incoming call volume could be a little clearer, but otherwise a simple, practical, functional tool for people who need a phone not a 'lifestyle' (like they've got one...) statement


How I Escaped My Certain Fate
How I Escaped My Certain Fate
by Stewart Lee
Edition: Paperback

5 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over praised, 29 Aug 2010
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I'm a great fan of Jerry the Opera, the BBC2 shows and his stand-up, but...

This is a pedantic and woefully under-edited book.

The overlong and far too frequent footnotes make it a fragmented and frustrating read, without adding much to either the scripts or linking narrative.

Disappointingly Lee largely avoids the many interesting aspects of life life - adoptee, state-educated student at Oxford, etc - which must surely have influenced his incisive comedy?

I struggled to the end, but was left with the impression Lee wrote it for self-validation.


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