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My Tiny Veg Plot: Grow Your Own in Surprisingly Small Spaces
My Tiny Veg Plot: Grow Your Own in Surprisingly Small Spaces
by Lia Leendertz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table gardening, 11 Aug. 2015
An interesting book with a few practical tips but more of a coffee table book, lavishly illustrated, lovely photographs and lots of tiny veg plots: on a shed roof, in the back of a pick up and so on. If you like sprouting seeds, quirky small containers and luscious photography, this is the book for you. If you want more than that and a much more practical guide, search for other books on container gardening. This one is more style than substance.


Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Mystery)
Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Mystery)
Price: £7.06

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but clunky in parts., 12 July 2015
This book was purchased when browsing in Waterstones. It's not the most taxing of crime novels and the jarring anachronisms (whoever heard of anyone having a 'lifestyle' during the Regency?) are irritating but I could not help warming to Lucy, the main character. She is a sufficiently modern heroine in a restrictive 19thC situation to warrant sympathy. Characters are a bit on the black hat, white hat scale and the relationship with Major Kurland does verge a little towards the 'tempestuous' Mills and Boon type but it's a good yarn.

The dialogue is jarring. Not too much 'godwottery' but a little too modern in parts and a little clunky as well. No need for the complete Austen but a sense of the context in terms of social position could be more subtly conveyed than it is and dialogue could do this effectively. It's almost a bit patronising at times, as though readers are too thick to pick up on social usage and other facets of the period. There's a nod here and there to Georgette Heyer, so the author knows her readership. So why not pay readers some courtesy and stop Spelling It All Out for them?

With a bit more attention to dialogue and a more nuanced approach to readership and period detail, this could be a good, entertaining series.


The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery)
The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery)
by Martha Ockley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read, 12 July 2015
I found this book when browsing in a bookshop and was glad I did. Thank you Waterstones. It was a good holiday read. The plot is a little on the thin side but it mattered less than expected because the characters were interesting. Would like to have read more about Faith's change of direction from police officer to priest but perhaps that's not for everyone. The relationship with Ben probably needs a bit more subtlety as it verges towards the loveyou-hateyou Mills and Boon lack of dimension.
That said, I read this novel with enjoyment and will be buying the next two in the series.


Mapp and Lucia: Complete & Unabridged (Isis)
Mapp and Lucia: Complete & Unabridged (Isis)
by Edward Frederick Benson
Edition: Audio Cassette

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Jan. 2015
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An excellent reading of this classic. It's funny, clever and entertaining.


Lucia in Wartime
Lucia in Wartime
by Tom Holt
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: £3.69

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good sequel by a different author, 13 Jan. 2015
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This is a very good sequel by a different author, to E F Benson's Lucia books, still as satirical and still as devious as its heroines. Entertaining and fun if you like interwar fiction.


The Far Side Gallery: No.1
The Far Side Gallery: No.1
by Gary Larson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Jan. 2015
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Funny as ever.


How green Are My Wellies?: Small Steps And Giant Leaps To Green Living With Style
How green Are My Wellies?: Small Steps And Giant Leaps To Green Living With Style
by Anna Shepard
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book: practical, 13 Jan. 2015
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A wonderful book: practical, funny, seriously engaged with sustainable living but never preachy. I have read it twice now and enjoyed it as well as using some of the tips and websites. Highly recommended.


Bach: Partitas Bwv 825-830
Bach: Partitas Bwv 825-830
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Jan. 2015
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Lovely crisp playing and beuatifully interpreted.


FloristryWarehouse Oasis Naylorbase Wreath Rings 10 Inch X 2
FloristryWarehouse Oasis Naylorbase Wreath Rings 10 Inch X 2
Offered by Sigsworths Florist Sundries
Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Jan. 2015
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Good and useful


Why Shoot a Butler?
Why Shoot a Butler?
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Good book but DO NOT DOWNLOAD AUDIO VERSION!!, 13 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Why Shoot a Butler? (Paperback)
This review is about the audio recording on audible.uk, the reading of the book by Ulli Birve, who reads all of the Heyer whodunnits. It's a great book but the reading is appalling, probably one of the worst readings of a book I've had on audible. I asked for a refund. My advice is: READ THE PAPER VERSION. It's a good rollicking Golden Age murder mystery.


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