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The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium series Book 4)
The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium series Book 4)
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING, 21 Nov. 2015
Having much enjoyed the original three books of the Millennium series, this book came as a great disappointment. Yes, the main characters bore the same names but, while the original books were hard to put down, this one I found difficult to finish. Frankly I wondered why I bothered,


Premium Knife Sharpener by Harcas - No.1 Choice For Professional Chefs - 2 Stage Sharpening System.
Premium Knife Sharpener by Harcas - No.1 Choice For Professional Chefs - 2 Stage Sharpening System.
Offered by Amazing Kitchenware
Price: £29.97

4.0 out of 5 stars The first thing to say is that works and three ..., 18 Aug. 2015
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The first thing to say is that works and three blunt kitchen knives were quickly given very sharp cutting edges, all with very little effort. But how long will the sharpener last? Only time will tell, but the ceramic rods look rather thin suggesting that they may be vulnerable to wear.


A Cotswold Ordeal (The Cotswold Mysteries Book 2)
A Cotswold Ordeal (The Cotswold Mysteries Book 2)
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Muddy waters, 31 Aug. 2014
A correction first. The canal at Frampton Mansell is not the Cotswold Canal but the Thames & Severn. It, together with the contiguous Stroudwater Canal, are being restored by the Cotswold Canals Trust. The main character, who professes to be a canal and history enthusiast, would surely be aware of this fact and also of the normal lock layout thus avoiding much of the panic when her sister fell into the derelict lock. As for the book, the title says all. It's set in the Cotswolds and it's an ordeal to read. May be that's because I'm a man while the book is clearly aimed at women readers judging by the romantic interest. It did raise a smile, though, when a coloured police woman with a Yorkshire accent made a brief appearance. Winsome Jackson moonlighting from Peter Robinson's excellent DCI Banks series?


Deception in the Cotswolds (The Cotswold Mysteries Book 9)
Deception in the Cotswolds (The Cotswold Mysteries Book 9)
Price: £5.63

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty poor stuff, 26 Aug. 2014
Listed as a thriller, it's marginally more exciting than watching paint dry. The lead character, Miss Busy Body, is house sitting in Cranham when her nearest neighbour dies in suspicious circumstances. She then pokes her nose into the family's business, in the process getting right up their noses. She's definitely not a likable character, not that the family and neighbours are any better. She's no Miss Maple either. Some women may enjoy this book, but, as a mere male, I didn't.


Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks)
Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks)
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for squeamish veggies!, 19 Aug. 2014
Having read all the previous books in the Banks series, and mostly in chronological order, this one doesn't disappoint, in fact it's one of the best. OK, so it's not for the squeamish, nor is it the best introduction to DCI Banks, but that doesn't stop it being a well written story that's relevant to what is currently happening in rural areas. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Any adverse criticism? I finished it too quickly so now I have a year to wait for No 23!


Predator (Scarpetta 14)
Predator (Scarpetta 14)
Price: £5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 13 Aug. 2014
Having read and enjoyed earlier books in this series, I was looking forward to this one. Alas I was to be very disappointed, indeed I struggled to finish it then wondered why I'd bothered. The writing style - all in the present tense - means that after a while I found it contrived and tiresome. True, Raymond Chandler wrote in a similar way, but in the first person, while his books are nowhere near as complex or long. Then there's a long list of characters who seem to spend much of their time running round looking for a coherent plot. OK, so the scientific background may be sound, but as a thriller novell it left me cold.


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Jun. 2014
After thoroughly enjoying 'The 100 year old man...' I was looking forward to reading this book by the same author. Sadly, I was to be disappointed. It starts OK but once the main action moves to Sweden the book flags and finishing the book became a bit of a struggle.
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Family Historian 5 Deluxe Genealogy Software (PC)
Family Historian 5 Deluxe Genealogy Software (PC)
Offered by Calico Pie Ltd
Price: £21.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program, 15 Aug. 2013
I've been using Family Historian for some time and found it truly excellent. It is easy to use, even for a beginner, and particularly useful is the ability to produce reports for any individual and their ancestors or descendants that can then be output in PDF format. Note that unlike some similar programs, and websites too, it uses the standard GEDCOM format so the basic file can be read by similar programs.
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How Green Was My Valley (Penguin Modern Classics)
How Green Was My Valley (Penguin Modern Classics)
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, 13 Aug. 2013
It may be a good read, but it's total fiction written by a man born in London of a Welsh father. Although he visited the valleys briefly and spoke to the locals, he had no real experience of living and in a Welsh community and never even went down a coalmine.


Perfect People
Perfect People
Price: £1.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT PERFECT, 25 July 2013
This review is from: Perfect People (Kindle Edition)
Having just read and enjoyed my first Peter James book, one of the Inspector Grace series, I alighted on Perfect People. Frankly, I almost gave it up in the early stages as all the genetics didn't really grab me. Then it changed and became a real page-turner of a thriller, albeit somewhat implausible and vaguely reminiscent of John Wyndham's 'Midwhich Cuckoos'. I enjoyed it and can thoroughly recommend it.


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