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Dead on Demand (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 1)
Dead on Demand (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 1)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Enough, 26 Jan. 2015
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I don't mind procedurals which wander a bit off course with what really happens if it is done in an effort to enhance the story. If it is done out of sheer laziness or lack of research and the bloopers make no discernible difference to the story then I do mind..severely. Mixing up the roles of Coroner and Pathologist is inexcusable and hard to believe, constantly calling the hero a DI when even the blurb for the book says he is a DCI is breathtakingly silly. Constantly needing warrants fir things where they are not required suggests very poor research or guesswork Combine that with outrageous grammatical errors and a laughable plot and you have all the ingredients of a book that has no merit at all. Or should I say half a book because I just couldn't bear to read anymore. There are far too many good books and hard working authors out there to give this one space in anybody's
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Killing for Keeps
Killing for Keeps
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars started really well but....., 9 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Killing for Keeps (Kindle Edition)
I have read all five of this series of novels now and this one started off as the best of all of them. Sadly it began to unravel about half way through with the plot becoming less and less realistic and the police procedure manual being ripped to shreds, set on fire and then flushed down the toilet. I am not a stickler for strict accuracy but some of it was just a bridge too far. SIO gets upset at grisly deaths to the point of becoming dysfunctional. SIO discovers a murder but doesn't bother to liaise with the local police. Unofficial enquiries in a foreign country, the informant fiasco in Whitby and the grand finale the SIO gets tied up naked in a foreign country by a mass murderer and doesn't report it? Firearms man abandons his post and doesn't tell anyone and all he gets is a bollicking? SIO guesses that the fingerprints at a current crime scene belong to a man who is supposed to be dead.....come on!!
On page 255 Our hero asks the Scottish Police.."Can you fill Hank in on how you go about applying for a double-U" I would guess that about 5% of readers will know what this refers to..it's a colloquial reference to a search warrant or 'W' calling it a double-U is completely unnecessary.
On page 285 one of the main characters changes his name from Paul to Andy?
On page 325 there is reference to the famous Oliver Reid, shouldn't that be Reed? I know it's a minor point but it's just clumsy and unnecessary.
Then we have Geordies using the term American term 'clicks' for kilometres, why?
There are more but I honestly don't want to be picky.
Finally the end of the book seems to have been rushed with an uninspiring ending.
It started well but for me it faded after half way and then simply fell apart at the end.
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Monument to Murder (Kate Daniels Book 4)
Monument to Murder (Kate Daniels Book 4)
Price: £3.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Pacy and compelling, 1 Jan. 2015
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A good plot with some excellent twists and turns and a nice if predictable finish. What stops it from getting a five star review are two things. Firstly the dogs dinner of a personal life that besets the main character. It's not necessary and isn't very believable. And secondly the occasional use of geordie phrase, not in the dialogue where they would be fine but in descriptions where they will probably make no sense to non Geordies.


The Gate House
The Gate House
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 24 Dec. 2014
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I have read and enjoyed a few De Mille books but this one is an absolute shocker. The plot is extremely weak and predictable and the characters are one dimensional and bland to the point of being utterly boring. Combine that with the length of it at over 600 pages and reading this was a test of willpower. I am afraid it simply has no redeeming features whatsoever. I got this in a second hand bookshop for a pound and I feel as though I was robbed!


Ghostly Northumberland
Ghostly Northumberland
by Rob Kirkup
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended, 5 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Ghostly Northumberland (Paperback)
Not much more in here than you couldn't find by a simple trawl of the Internet. It's thin in terms of actual content and quality. Had the potential to be so much better but is let down by shallow research and poor proof reading . Not recommended.


Kitchen Craft Home Made Stainless Steel Jam Funnel
Kitchen Craft Home Made Stainless Steel Jam Funnel
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 5 Nov. 2014
Just the job. Exactly what we needed at a great price thoroughly recommended


Tala Preserving Spoon
Tala Preserving Spoon
Price: £2.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 20 Oct. 2014
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Ideal and fit for purpose


24 Hexagonal 8oz Jam Jars + gold lids + jam box + free retro labels H1
24 Hexagonal 8oz Jam Jars + gold lids + jam box + free retro labels H1
Offered by Nutley's Kitchen Gardens
Price: £16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good and inexpensive, 20 Oct. 2014
As described and an excellent price!


Fluval 206 External Filter for aquariums up to 200L
Fluval 206 External Filter for aquariums up to 200L
Offered by Zierfischtreff Pappenheim.
Price: £62.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product, 20 Oct. 2014
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Excellent, quiet and very efficient but make sure it will fit under the lid of your tank as the Dow pipes are quite wide.


Portable Plastic Abacus Arithmetic Soroban Calculating Tool, 13 Rods with Colorful Beads, Great Educational Tool for Kids
Portable Plastic Abacus Arithmetic Soroban Calculating Tool, 13 Rods with Colorful Beads, Great Educational Tool for Kids

1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 20 Oct. 2014
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Unusable unless it's lying perfectly flat and even then it's hard to see what's going on with it. Don't bother to buy this , taking your socks off and counting on your toes is easier and more functional!


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