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Keep Your Friends Close: Mafia Tales from Palermo (Kindle Single)
Keep Your Friends Close: Mafia Tales from Palermo (Kindle Single)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cosa cymru, 11 April 2016
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This is Granelli’s third novella set in a modern Sicily where the past is like a cold pizza: reheat it at your own risk.

Life is too quiet for Don Tomasso who blatantly opens up hostilities with a rival family. Both sides - and the police - think they own Primo Orsi who, like Gina Gambino has a private score to settle. How can this possibly end well?

Keep Your Friends Close is pure storytelling without a wasted word. Enough action to support a full-length novel but skipping the tedious bits. Once the Kindle’s lit up you won’t be switching off till you know who survives.

The story opens and closes on a cliff edge. As you stare into the abyss, remember that only kind of person you can trust less than a Palermo gangster is an author with an Italian name and a Welsh accent.


Fintie Fire 7 2015 SmartShell Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Standing Cover for Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (will only fit Fire 7" Display 5th Generation - 2015 release), Black
Fintie Fire 7 2015 SmartShell Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Standing Cover for Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (will only fit Fire 7" Display 5th Generation - 2015 release), Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Entirely functional, no fuss..., 5 Mar. 2016
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...and protective of the kit.


Midwinter of the Spirit (Merrily Watkins Mysteries Book 2)
Midwinter of the Spirit (Merrily Watkins Mysteries Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the mystical minefield, 17 Jan. 2016
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Some readers might think that, having seen the ITV version, there might be no point in reading the book. However, if you watched Midwinter and suspected there might be far more to this story, there's only one way to find out. A short TV serial can't come close to explaining everything. Here, you can follow Merrily and Huw - very much as portrayed by Anna Maxwell Martin and David Threlfall - into a deeper, sometimes more sinister mystical minefield. TV caught the essence of it, but you might find the novel considerably more absorbing.


The Going and The Rise
The Going and The Rise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nine tenths of the law, 4 Jan. 2016
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Our perception of supernatural possession has, inevitably, become conditioned by The Exorcist, a bestselling book which became one of the greatest horror films ever.
In real life, though, it’s not all green bile and revolving heads. Be a lot simpler if it was. But, for architect Michael Adridge, it’s a nine year-old girl who calls him a ‘brick’ and becomes jolly good at tennis.
This story references previous ones from FG Cottam, but if you haven't read them don't worry. It stands very much alone
Because it avoids sensationalism, this deftly-written novella really makes you think. How would you react if you had reason to believe that your self-designed perfect, modern home with sea view on the Isle of Wight, could, for reasons you might be embarrassed to explain, be about to destroy your family? What if you were wrong? Cottam’s calm, considered prose makes Aldridge’s solution heartbreakingly convincing.


Original Album Classics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class, 18 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Original Album Classics (Audio CD)
Arguably the most thoughtful, intelligent country singer of them all. In a class of his own.
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Midwinter Of The Spirit - Series 1 [DVD] [2015]
Midwinter Of The Spirit - Series 1 [DVD] [2015]
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closer to the novel than you might think, 14 Oct. 2015
This is actually an excellent adaptation of a book which is tense, atmospheric and presents an entirely authentic evocation of exorcism as carried out by the Church of England. Shot mainly on location on the Welsh Border, Midwinter of the Spirit is brilliantly cast and sometimes scary. And, like the books, it certainly isn’t horror in the accepted sense. It is, in fact, something entirely new and fascinating, which - given the dismal sameness of TV crime - ITV would be very short-sighted not to develop into a long-running series.
Any problems with this pilot are a result of compressing a complex 500-page novel into three episodes which amount to little over two and a half hours. It rushes too rapidly from one shock to the next. It really needed six episodes to allow the screenwriter, Stephen Volk, to reflect the full depth, occasional humour and character development in the novel… and of course its 12 successors.
Those inclined to criticise would do well to re-read the book and also, perhaps, this page from the author’s website. http://www.philrickman.co.uk/a-letter-from-ledwardine-2/
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Still Waters, Tough Love: Mafia Tales from Palermo (Kindle Single)
Still Waters, Tough Love: Mafia Tales from Palermo (Kindle Single)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect for da capo, 26 Aug. 2015
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A dark and sinuous return to Sicily for Don Granelli, as a mother seeks revenge for the murder of her Mafioso-wannabe son.
This is a full-length novella with twist after twist. In Palermo everybody is a potential killer, and Granelli’s tight and glistening prose can build tension inside a single paragraph. You keep reading because you have to… and because you’re never sure whose side you should be on. A story that stays with you like a scar. No, really, you'll love it...


The Mark of Pain (Kindle Single)
The Mark of Pain (Kindle Single)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative heat., 16 April 2015
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You really never know what Granelli will write about next... and how many writers can you say that about these days?
The Mark of Pain finds the flawed and tortured Adam Hope, haunted by the terror and tragedy of World War One, arriving at the African
compound of Albert Schweitzer, doctor, missionary and musician. Can Hope find redemption amongst the pitiful lepers in Schweitzer's care, as a new menace threatens their depleted lives?
This wonderfully-atmospheric novella, heavy with heat and dense with insect-laden night air, is dedicated to Granelli's mentor, the late great Welsh novelist and screenwriter Elaine Morgan. Wherever she is now, she will approve.
I hate it when readers moan about a Kindle Single being too short. It's not, as they say, the length that counts, it's how long it stays inside. The Mark of Pain will live with you for a long time.


Personal Geometry
Personal Geometry
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5.0 out of 5 stars So what's wrong with a bit of depression?, 9 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Personal Geometry (MP3 Download)
It's true that there are moments when this album makes Nick Drake sound like Chas and Dave. The opener, 'Secret Song' sounds a suicide note which echoes until the self-recriminating resignation of the final track, 'I Hope that you Still Shine.' In the middle 'Low Tide' is indeed an emotional nadir, with Allan Watson 'dying in a shallow sea.' But then he emerges, all dried out, to perform, with flautist Julie Adams, a brief but lovely Elizabethan instrumental, 'Mortlake' before giving the tempo a timely kick with the excellent title track.
The point is that, even at his most downbeat, Watson's winsome vocals and sweetly economical guitar and the mordant humour surfacing on 'Weather Report' effectively remove all fears of him vanishing into the attic with a bottle of extra-strong anti-depressants any time soon. Still, you can never be sure, so please send him some money for a download. Prozak doesn't come cheap.


Alibi for a Life
Alibi for a Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Death Wish for the Third Millennium, 31 Dec. 2014
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If the name of some SAS hero had been on the front of this novel, all the reviews would be dwelling on how dramatically he’d raised his game as a writer. Granelli steps fully armed into a vast new arena, literary guns blazing, in this bloody tale of a trained killer’s apocalyptic revenge on the credit-card culture that wiped out his family. No banker is safe as former SAS-soldier Jack Radle blasts a merciless path up and down western Britain. Radle is the ultimate 21st century anti-hero; his pack contains a rage we’ve all felt some of over the past few years. We may not like him, but we understand him. With the police largely ineffectual against a man of such skill and focus, it seems only his own kind can take him on. Enter a trio of SAS veterans turned freelance, notably Shaun Maddocks, vegan, cat-lover, but no less deadly than his target. Every paragraph snaps into place like the breach of a pump-action shotgun. Hell, there’s surely an explosive film in this one. Pity Michael Winner is no more…


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