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Careless in Red: The Twelfth Novel in the Best-Selling Inspector Lynley Mystery Series
Careless in Red: The Twelfth Novel in the Best-Selling Inspector Lynley Mystery Series
by Elizabeth George
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than brilliant, 21 Sep 2009
I have long been a great admirer of Elizabeth George. Her skilful plotting, the fulness of her minor characters, her psychological insight more than make up for her occasional lapses as a non-British author. My favourite was a knitted tea-caddy!
Her books are infinitely more interesting that the TV version would suggest. On this occasion, however, she comes down with a bump. Her knowledge of Cornwall seems factitious (is Cornwall now turned over entirely to surfers?), her damaged Cornish characters all have outlandish names to match their improbable histories, the equally damaged local police inspector is highly offensive, the damaged Lynley is recognizable but plays a comparatively minor role and undamaged Havers is a revolting parody of her normal self. The plot is pretty complex but not involving.
As always her title scarcely relates to the content bu "careless" is certainly appropriate.

Tennyson (Classic Reprint)
Tennyson (Classic Reprint)
by Aaron Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.81

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery, 21 Sep 2009
This admirable little book is a great discovery. The author's enthusiasm for his subject is so infectious that the reader is likely to be driven to read Tennyson's now largely ignored poetry with renewed interest or indeed for the first time - exactly what a critical biography should achieve. The century-old style is eminently readable and not at all gushing, and Watson's contempt for eminent critics who regarded (and often still regard) it as part of their job to discourage young writers has one cheering on the side-lines. All this in 84 pages.

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