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Death at Whitewater Church: An Inishowen Mystery (Inishowen Mysteries)
Death at Whitewater Church: An Inishowen Mystery (Inishowen Mysteries)
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death at Whitewater Church, 3 Sept. 2015
This is the start of a new mystery series, set in a small, rural community in Inishowen – a peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Although the actual town the author uses is fictional, Inishowen is not and is a beautiful part of the world. Ben (Benedicta) O’Keefe is a solicitor, with her own small – but successful and busy – practice. When we meet Ben, she has taken some paperwork to Paul Doherty, who is currently carrying out a survey of Whitewater Church, when they discover a skeleton in the crypt. Only this skeleton certainly should not have been there and, before long, Ben is deeply involved in the mystery of who the bones belong to.

The consensus among the community is that they belong to Conor Devitt, who disappeared the day before his wedding, some years before. Of course, much of this first mystery helps set the scene for (hopefully) future reads and so we are introduced to many of those who help flesh out the storyline – Sergeant Tom Molloy, who Ben is attracted to, Phyllis Kettle the bookshop owner, local publican Tony Craig and others all help to create a warmth to the book and the setting. This is, obviously, a small community and so Ben finds that she knows many involved – for example, Conor Devitt’s sister, Claire is in her drama group and many of those touched by events come to Ben’s office, for various reasons, throughout the book.

This was a very involved storyline, although the author managed to keep me engaged and interested throughout. There is the mystery of the body in the crypt and who it belongs to, the drama of Conor Devitt’s disappearance just before his marriage and the recent marriage of his former fiancée, events in the past history of Inishowen which still affect the community and those in Ben’s own life. For Ben has secrets of her own and she fears that the past will not only impact on her future, but on her possible relationship with Molloy.

This was an excellent mystery and will appeal to readers who enjoy less violent crime novels, with an interesting setting and characters. I certainly enjoyed this first outing of Ben O’Keefe and hope she will return in future novels. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.


Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
by Tom Holland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar, 3 Sept. 2015
Having enjoyed Tom Holland’s excellent, “Rubicon,” I was very happy to have the chance to review this volume.. Subtitled, “The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar,” this follows on from “Rubicon,” which centred around Julius Caesar and his adopted heir, Octavian. The dynasty of Augustus still very much defines autocratic power and the celebrity of the Caesar’s remains. Rome’s first imperial dynasty have everything that modern day celebrity desires, and more. It was a time of tyranny, power, sadism and glamour. Holland manages to combine historical accuracy with an enjoyable and readable account of the times.

In the beginning of this volume, Holland backtracks slightly (so if you have not yet read, “Rubicon,” you can happily read this book and have it make perfect sense), by taking the story up to the assassination of Julius Caesar. The upheaval of Julius Caesar’s murder eventually led to the Imperator Caesar Augustus and then Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. The very names themselves conjour all sorts of images of power and excess. Even if you are not very familiar with the history of Ancient Rome, you probably know snippets about the history of the Caesar’s – Nero who fiddled while Rome burned, Caligula who appointed his horse a consul; how Claudius was discovered cowering behind curtains and given power. There are rumours of incest, poison, malicious power, cruelty, the love of a spectacle, conspiracy, the show of power and the reality, sumptuous wealth and disgraced exile…

Happily for the reader, this time of immense power and excess is wonderfully brought to life; not only through the lives of the Caesar’s, but through their family ties, wives, mothers and others who, thankfully, left letters and details of how they lived. One such was the poet Ovid, who was seem as immoral during the time of Augustus, when adultery became a public offence, but who looked positively staid by comparison with Caligula. A wonderful read – if you have already enjoyed, “Rubicon,” then you can also be sure that you will love this. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.


HoMedics IPL
HoMedics IPL

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HoMedics Duo, 2 Sept. 2015
This review is from: HoMedics IPL (Personal Care)
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The first thing that I would say about the HoMedics Duo is to check online and make sure that this is suitable for you. The basic information is that it is not suitable for blond, red or grey hair – if you have dark blond/brown or black hair then you can use it. However, there are also a lot of ‘do not use this if….’ Some of the conditions listed were pretty obvious, but others were not things I might not have necessarily considered (diabetes for example). I would probably suggest going to the company webpage and just making sure that it is safe for you to use and testing it on part of your skin before progressing. Saying all that, I did not find it any more painful than an epilator and suffered no side effects, so, although the booklet does leave you feeling a little nervous with a huge list of warnings, generally it felt quite comfortable.

This is suitable for use on the body, such as legs and underarms, and you can use it on the face (below the cheekbones – so not near ears or the nose) but you need to purchase a facial adaptor. The Duo uses Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Advanced Fluorescence Technology to help rid you of unwanted hair growth. You need to pre-shave the area you are going to treat, so the light energy is focused below the skin and check that you are using the correct energy level for your skin level then gently apply flashes of light to the treatment area to help inhibit future growth.

I was really impressed by how easy this was to use – although obviously results will only be shown in time. The instructions are extremely thorough and you really feel safe using this after going through the booklet (which is available online if you search the product and is worth reading before buying to answer virtually any query you might have). There is a Quick Start Guide in the front cover and, indeed, this is simple to set up and begin using – just like any shaver or epilator in theory. However, depending on what energy level you need to use for your type of skin will change how you use it; whether you ‘free-glide’ like a razor or use the ‘single shot method.’ So, just take some time and read through the booklet first and, if you use it correctly, you will make sure that you don’t hurt yourself accidentally. This is actually best for dark hair, which contains more melanin, so that is also worth bearing in mind before you purchase; especially as you may have to have several treatments before seeing any particular change or improvement.


Spearmark Noise Activated Colour Changing Head Light
Spearmark Noise Activated Colour Changing Head Light
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spearmark Noise Activated Colour Changing Head, 2 Sept. 2015
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This is a sound activated, colour changing nightlight, which needs either an adaptor plug or batteries to work – and does not come with either – so that is something to bear in mind if you buy it as a present. It comes in the shape of a head – supposedly a DJ head, but my son thought it looked more like a Lego character. If you press the cap brim, it switches the light on. There are also two switches which change it from a plain, white light, to the colour changing light, while a second switch turns on the noise activation light.

The colour changing light causes the cap to glow various colours – purple, pink, red, green and blue. If you have the noise activation button on then the mouth will flash a bright green if it hears a sound; such as a clap or a shout. The lights will pulse in time to the sounds if you put on music or play a computer game. In normal bedside lamp mode, the light is bright enough to read by, but also it is warm and not harsh. It would have been nice had there also been a nightlight option, to turn the lamp down low, but then this is more for older children I would suspect. My ten year old loves it and has claimed it for his room and I would probably suggest it as most suitable for 8+. This is a fun novelty item, but it is best to have the sound activation switched off at bedtime.


Rapesco A4 Pivot Clip File, Transparent with Coloured Clips - Pack of 5
Rapesco A4 Pivot Clip File, Transparent with Coloured Clips - Pack of 5
Price: £4.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapesco A4 Pivot Clip Files, 2 Sept. 2015
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These are a set of 5 files, with a pivoting clip to easily hold up to 30 A4 sheets together. The plastic covers are quite strong – not flimsy- and the spines each have a different coloured strip: dark blue, light blue, purple, yellow and red. These are great for homework, school projects, etc. and it is useful that you do not have to hole punch the paper, especially if the sheets included contains artwork. These are good quality, holding the papers securely and are easy to both open and close to add or remove any sheets. I would certainly buy these again.


My Little Pony Girls Treasure Tin
My Little Pony Girls Treasure Tin
Offered by BuySend
Price: £7.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Little Pony Girls Treasure Tin, 2 Sept. 2015
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This is a sweet little tin, with My Little Pony illustrations on the lid and sides. The tin I purchased for my daughter did have a little padlock and key, but it is a bit fiddly and she doesn’t use it (it does, however, work and, if necessary, you could replace it with a better padlock). With a coin slot at the top, this can be a money box or just used to store little treasures. This would be ideal to fill with sweets and small toys for a party, instead of party bags, or as a small gift for a Christmas stocking, and is sure to appeal to My Little Pony fans.


30 Coloured Plastic Key Fobs Luggage ID Tags Labels Key rings with Name Cards
30 Coloured Plastic Key Fobs Luggage ID Tags Labels Key rings with Name Cards
Offered by VA-Home.
Price: £1.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Coloured Plastic Key Fobs, 2 Sept. 2015
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This pack of 30 key fobs are really useful to label keys for work or home. I purchased these for our office, so we could colour code keys for various cupboards- with fobs in various colours (you get an assorted sample and I received red, black, white, green and yellow in my pack) you have plenty of choice. I have also used them for my son’s locker key at school and they are simple, but really ideal, as you can write whatever you want on there – name, class, etc in case they get lost. Although they are cheap, they are excellent value for money and extremely useful at home, work and school. Not only useful for keys, you can attach them to bags or suitcases to identify them as yours and they have strips of plastic to cover whatever you write on the blank fobs to help protect it from being damaged by rain, etc. A very good buy.


Monster High Boo York City Schemes Catty Noir Doll
Monster High Boo York City Schemes Catty Noir Doll
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster High Catty Noir, 1 Sept. 2015
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Catty Noir is a new edition to the Monster High range, due to appear in the October release new movie, "Monster High Boo York, Boo York,” in which the Monster High characters go to New York for the historic passing of the Crystal Comet. Along with other new dolls Elle Eedee, Luna Mothews and Mouscedes King, Catty Noir is a great new addition and looks fantastic.

Catty Noir is the daughter of the Werecats and comes with a stand, brush and downloadable diary. She has a striking pink and black dress, silver collar and breast plate, green boots and bag and stunning long pink hair with a green headband and green streak. The detail is great – from the ‘cat ears’ on her headband to her clawed nails, she is gorgeous and looks superbly, and aristocratically, feline. Fully jointed, the doll can be undressed and the stands make them decorative, even when not being played with. These new dolls are some of the best new additions to the range and even the box is well designed. My daughter absolutely loves this range and now cannot wait to see the new movie.


Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa and Olaf Doll Gift Set
Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa and Olaf Doll Gift Set
Offered by net_price_direct
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa and Olaf, 1 Sept. 2015
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This is a Mattel Frozen Sparkle Elsa doll from Frozen and is suitable for ages 3+. The doll is approximately the same size as Barbie and has a nice expression – looking straight ahead and with a half smile. She wears a tiara and a blue dress, although her top is painted on and only her skirt, and shoes, can be removed. Elsa’s hair came twisted, rather than plaited, but that was easily rectified by combing out her hair and re-styling. When loose, her hair comes down to her waist.

Elsa can sit down and her head, arms and legs move, but her knees and elbows are not jointed. She comes with a cute Olaf, who comes up to about her knee and who can raise and lower his joined arms. There is also an accompanying Frozen Sparkle Anna doll to buy. Overall, this is not the most detailed Elsa doll on the market, but she is a good, basic toy and ideal for younger children who will find her skirt easy to remove and be able to ‘dress’ her again, with no fiddly pieces. I received this doll in return for an honest review.


Waterproof Underwater Dry Case Cover Pouch for all Mobile Phones Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 S5 S6 Apple iPhone 4 5 5S 5C 6 Plus HTC One Desire Nokia Lumia Sony Xperia With Lanyard and Armband (Clear)
Waterproof Underwater Dry Case Cover Pouch for all Mobile Phones Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 S5 S6 Apple iPhone 4 5 5S 5C 6 Plus HTC One Desire Nokia Lumia Sony Xperia With Lanyard and Armband (Clear)
Offered by Adspec Limited
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof Underwater Dry Case Cover Pouch for Mobiles, 1 Sept. 2015
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This is a simple, but effective, waterproof pouch. It is easily large enough to take a mobile, plus credit cards and any other small items that you might wish to protect. The bag seals effectively- the top closes safely with two catches which keep the bag sealed. Although easy to undo- you just roll the catches one way to close and the opposite direction to open them – you cannot accidentally open the pouch.

Once your mobile, etc are safely put away, the pouch can either be hung around your neck or attached to your arm, like a sports band. Useful on the beach, this will keep your valuables safely with you and nice and dry. I received this item in return for an honest review.


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