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Under the Wide Palermo Sky (Kindle Single)
Under the Wide Palermo Sky (Kindle Single)
Price: £1.49

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blade in the sunshine, 4 Sep 2014
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The Kindle Single has dramatically revived the art of shorter fiction, and Roger Granelli has rapidly emerged as a master of the form. This story of twin Sicilians with Mafia ambitions comes at you like a blade in bright sunshine - it's got you before you can blink. It's a fast story and also a vivid meditation on the simplicity of violence, the speed in which it escalates. Granelli - from South Wales, for heaven's sake - writes like a native of the Palermo streets. Top-class storytelling. A bloody masterpiece. Spread the word...


OxCrimes: Introduced by Ian Rankin  (Ox Tales)
OxCrimes: Introduced by Ian Rankin (Ox Tales)
by Peter Florence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You might buy it for authors you love.., 4 Aug 2014
You might buy it for authors you love... only to be converted to others you didn't think you'd enjoy. And save lives at the same time. What's to lose?


Naot Womens Kayla Clay Nubuck 07806_357 6 UK
Naot Womens Kayla Clay Nubuck 07806_357 6 UK

4.0 out of 5 stars What the hell's a nubuck, anyway?, 9 May 2014
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Perfect fit. Excellent sandals, but the colour range could be more extensive.
Bottom line: would buy more, with greater range of colours.


Sennheiser HD 558 High End Open Over-Ear Headphones with E.A.R. Technology
Sennheiser HD 558 High End Open Over-Ear Headphones with E.A.R. Technology
Price: £119.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cancel the hearing-aid, 1 April 2014
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Exceptional. Light and comfortable, and the very true, balanced sound means you can listen at low level and miss nothing - always a plus if you don't want to end up like Pete Townsend.


Prayer
Prayer
Price: £4.12

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atheists nil. God... er. nil., 19 Mar 2014
This review is from: Prayer (Kindle Edition)
Look... it's not Bernie... it's not remotely Bernie. It's a standalone supernatural thriller featuring a US cop coping with a devoutly Christian wife and a strangled Scottish background. Police procedure, serial killings and marital strife frame the crafty conceit that God might not be who you think he is. A lot of fun.


Philips AQ1001/05 Portable Audio Mono Cassette Recorder
Philips AQ1001/05 Portable Audio Mono Cassette Recorder
Offered by DDL-Direct UK
Price: £36.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-tech rules., 9 Jan 2014
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Digital has its place, but nobody should be without a cassette machine - if the spools are turning, you know you're recording - and this is the basic model. Let's keep it alive.


Robin Redbreast (DVD)
Robin Redbreast (DVD)
Dvd ~ James McTaggart
Price: £14.33

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars turning point, 9 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Robin Redbreast (DVD) (DVD)
John Bowen's play is a landmark in rural-weird, not recognised at the time (the 1970s) hence the crass decision by someone at the BBC to destroy the tape. As a result, we're left with this black and white version. And yet... black and white gives it a certain documentary realism. It's said to be a forerunner of The Wicker Man, but it's far more credible.


The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no soft soap, 25 Nov 2013
It seems to me that when a series reaches twelve episodes, the author has some decisions to make. Is he to go down the soap-opera route by developing existing storylines beloved of those readers who like to think they own the series? Or should he consider new readers, drop some familiar baggage for a while and venture down new alleyways?
The alleyways, in this instance, of my own small town of Hay-on-Wye, a place of such eccentricity that it often throws even the natives into a state of confusion.
This story deals with ancient places and modern magic, as it is actually practised. It's a dark story. Hereford's exorcist, Merrily Watkins, initially peripheral to the action, suddenly finds herself at the heart of an unimaginable evil, at once both far-reaching and stiflingly intimate. At the same time, old values are breaking down around her while even older ones take on a new life.
Rickman doesn't do soft options, which is why, you might think, this maturing crime series has remained fresh. The trials facing a woman struggling to make sense of a medieval role in a cynical, secular society will not get any easier, and that, perhaps, is as it should be if the tensions necessary to a series of this kind, are to retain their electricity.


The Heresy of Dr Dee (THE JOHN DEE PAPERS)
The Heresy of Dr Dee (THE JOHN DEE PAPERS)
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Have a nice Dee, 13 Nov 2013
This is a fresh and surprising picture of a man often portrayed either as a dubious magician or the naive dupe of a fraudulent Elizabethan medium. Meet thirty-something esoteric scholar John Dee, well-meaning and generous, if endlessly paranoid. This novel finds Dee and the equally-maligned Robert Dudley journeying to the Welsh border in search of a famously-miraculous crystal and encountering deception, fear, superstition and a palpable evil. Haunting and atmospheric.


The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England
The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England
Price: £7.71

5.0 out of 5 stars how to hire a magical hit-man, 15 Oct 2013
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Authoritative and endlessly entertaining, this is a far bigger book than it looks and demonstrates just how important a role the occult played in Tudor life and religion, as well as offering us a lurid glimpse of the professional criminal classes. A classic of its kind that should never be allowed to go out of print. And a lot of fun.


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