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The Murderers' Club (MIRA)
The Murderers' Club (MIRA)
by P.D. Martin
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fresh detective novel, 17 July 2008
The good thing about this book is that it has lots of new, fresh ideas.
The heroine is an Australian (dual nationality) FBI agent working as a profiler, but she's also a clairvoyant, a bit like the TV series "Medium".
The group of serial killers of the book's title have devised a clever way of attracting their victims - the TV reality show (maybe this is how Big Brother ought to be!)
However there are some annoying aspects to the tale.
She repeatedly resists using her unusual talent. OK it's hard for her and it brings back very unpleasant memories of her previous case (See Body Count) but one would have thought that such an otherwise tough character would have overcome this in order to solve the case.
There are some procedures that no police or agency would permit, letting a witness get involved with the detective work.
I was left with a sense of disappointment and frustration as the novel ends with unfinished business - maybe this will be resolved in the next book.


Bones to Ashes
Bones to Ashes
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It passes the time, 7 July 2008
This review is from: Bones to Ashes (Paperback)
I think I've read all of Kathy Reichs Temp Brennan novels and I always look forward to the latest one. However, in this case I'm inclined to agree with the first two reviewers - the plot is a bit far fetched, even if it does all come together in the end.

Another point I find difficult to believe is that there is a description of some lesions on a skeleton, even as a complete layman one possible diagnosis is glaringly obvious, so Temp should have been able to make it in her sleep. But no, she lists several other diseases, missing the obvious one for several chapters.


Angel Fire (Lydia Strong Series)
Angel Fire (Lydia Strong Series)
by Lisa Miscione
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far from the best, 6 Jun. 2008
This book could do with a lot of editing, there's just too much boring, irrelevant waffle and the plot needs beefing up. The methods used by the heroine are none too believable in these days of CSI; she has "feelings" and detects "energies". In other words, lucky guess work.
Again the villain of the peace isn't really introduced till near the end of the book. In some novels where the detective is finding clues etc this would be OK, but in a novel such as this one would usually expect him / her to put in an appearance as an apparently innocent character fairly early on.


Cook Yourself Thin: The Delicious Way to Drop a dress Size
Cook Yourself Thin: The Delicious Way to Drop a dress Size
by Harry Eastwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ughh!, 19 May 2008
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Having watched a number of the television shows, I bought the book and made some of the recipes. I don't know what the people on the show really thought, but my family wouldn't eat them, they were revolting.

The substitute ingredients from the "full fat" recipes just don't work.


JPod
JPod
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dilbertesque, 16 Jan. 2008
This review is from: JPod (Paperback)
This is the first book by Douglas Coupland that I've read, and I think I worked for this company, or at least one very much like it! Most of the characters and plot themes could have come right out of a Dilbert cartoon.

If you are an "insider" (or just a Dilbert fan) then you will appreciate the techie jokes and the bizarre management machinations. However, maybe we could have saved a few trees by not printing various lists that no one is going to read. For example 28 pages containing nothing but the first 100,000 digits of pi, with one error.

In a way this novel is self referential, since it is based on the contents of the laptop PC which the character Douglas Coupland forces the "hero" to give him in exchange for help. Coupland claims he is short of ideas and time for his next novel which is due to his publishers.


Book Of The Dead: Scarpetta 15
Book Of The Dead: Scarpetta 15
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not back on track, 16 Jan. 2008
I keep buying Ms Cornwell's books in the fading hope that she will recover her style and writing ability. Whilst this isn't the worst she has to offer, it falls far short of her early Scarpetta novels.

This time, the plot isn't too bad, but it's spoiled by having a relatively minor character suddenly appear out of nowhere to save Scarpetta from the baddie just in the nick of time. It is as if Ms Cornewll couldn't think of a decent ending so she just had this guy pop up. This, coupled with her angst ridden side kick who is behaving like a spoiled child, makes for another disappointing book.


Simple Genius
Simple Genius
by David Baldacci
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best, 16 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Simple Genius (Paperback)
David Baldacci writes jolly good thrillers, but in this one he seems to have been taking lessons from Dan Brown - "pick a technical subject and then get most of the details wrong, and whilst you are at it, make the plot unbelievable".

"Split Second" and "The Collectors" were much better books, read them instead.


Stolen (MIRA)
Stolen (MIRA)
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been worse ..., 16 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Stolen (MIRA) (Paperback)
... however I can't quite see how! I realise that this is an early work by Ms Gerritsen, originally published in a different genre from what we have come to expect. But this does not excuse the publishers trying to cash in on her (now) good name.

The thing that annoys me most (apart from the weak, predictable plot) is the portrayal of all the British characters as if they came out of a Jeeves and Wooster novel. Despite being set in the mid 1990s they seem to live in that fictional inter-war period when the sun shone every day and people partied all night. Everyone is related to nobility and the hero doesn't have to work for a living other than "full time at being a gentleman".


More Twisted
More Twisted
by Jeffery Deaver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A twist in the tale., 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: More Twisted (Paperback)
Like his previous collection of short stories, Twisted, this is another excellent collection by the master. Each one is a little gem with a twist. Some you might see coming, but most will catch you by surprise even though you will be on the lookout for them.


Wintersmith: (Discworld Novel 35) (Discworld Novels)
Wintersmith: (Discworld Novel 35) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on top form, 20 Oct. 2007
Maybe it's just me, but some of Terry Pratchett's recent books seem to have lost their sparkle. They are, dare I say it, formulaic.

But now Terry is back on top form. Wintersmith works on so many levels. It's a hilarious romp. It's a love story with heros. It's a story of witchcraft and the supernatural. It's a story of everyday country folk - er no, that's the Archers.

The best Diskworld story for a long time.


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