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Helter Skelter: Part Five of the Shocking Manson Murders
Helter Skelter: Part Five of the Shocking Manson Murders
Price: £0.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helter Skelter: Part Five, 30 Jan. 2015
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This is the fifth of an eight part serialisation of the classic crime book, “Helter Skelter,” and is written by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of the Tate and LaBianca trials. Subtitled, “Don’t you know who you’re crucifying?” this section of the book concentrates on the pre-trial activities of the legal teams and takes us from March 1970 up to June 14 1970. The trial was due to begin on Monday June 15th 1970, so this section takes us literally up to eve of the trial beginning.

Bugliosi is still concentrating on building his case and finding evidence. His recreation of events includes visiting some of the scenes of the crimes with Family member turned witness, Linda Kasabian. What is incredible here is the realisation of how close some people came to being killed that night, who probably never had any idea that they were targeted. An actor that Linda Kasabian had previously visited for example, who Manson ordered them to kill; saved only because Linda pretended she could not remember his apartment number. A chance man at a traffic light, who luckily sped off at the moment Manson jumped from the car he was travelling in…

As well as interviews with witnesses, there are lots of courtroom antics, concerning Charles Manson himself and members of the Family. Manson is still exerting control over his followers and using stalling tactics, which include suggesting that if he could not represent himself, he would use attorney Kanarek – known for his extreme obstructionist behaviour in Court. Despite all the changes of lawyers and regardless of whether either side feels ready, in Part Six, the trial is about to begin…


Mighty Small
Mighty Small
by Timothy Knapman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Small, 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Mighty Small (Hardcover)
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Max Small has a mighty big secret – he is really a superhero! His superpowers may not be up to much, but he does wear his underpants over his trousers and that’s a start. Max is a little disappointed at his lack of superpowers, but, one day, he has the opportunity to become a crime fighter and be a hero for real.

My little nephew loved this story and later began acting out the story, which is always a great sign it has caught a child’s imagination. This is definitely one for story time, with lots of appeal for small children – especially if they like superheroes. The illustrations are vibrant and colourful and there is so much that will appeal, from an adventure in a Big Top to the lovable hero, Max. Hopefully, he will be back for more adventures. Timothy Knapman’s Mungo books have long been favourites in my house and I am pleased that this is easily as enjoyable. A very talented author and the illustrator adds wonderfully to the fun.


Little Chick's First Day! (A Children's Picture Book for ages 2 - 6)
Little Chick's First Day! (A Children's Picture Book for ages 2 - 6)
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Chick's First Day!, 30 Jan. 2015
This is a delightful story for young children, with both the text and the beautiful illustrations by Paula McBride. Little Chick can hear the noises in the farm, but she is still wrapped up in her egg. However, today is definitely the time to hatch and so she taps and taps until she emerges into the sunshine. To her surprise she finds she is all alone- where is everyone?

This is a lovely bedtime story for little ones, probably best for about age 2-3, and certainly ideal with Spring – and Easter – approaching.


Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser by Vyner, Harriet 1st (first) Edition (1999)
Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser by Vyner, Harriet 1st (first) Edition (1999)
by Harriet Vyner
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser, 30 Jan. 2015
Anyone with even the vaguest interest in the Sixties would have heard of Robert Fraser - infamously imortalised as "Doctor Robert" on the Beatles "Revolver" album, he was the catalyst for the Sgt Pepper cover and was influential in many ways. An art dealer who sold to the famous and the fashionable in Swinging London, Fraser was arrested during the notorious Redlands bust and served several months in prison. The cover of this book shows the photograph of Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser handcuffed while being taken to court, which caused outrage at the time.

Using interviews with people who knew him, snippets of letters, etc, this book then tells the story of one of the most important people in Sixties London. From his days at Eton and the army, through his most successful period as an art dealer, his drugs bust, time in prison, Marrakesh, India and his downfall through drugs and drink to his death from AID's in the 1980's. It seems to be accepted that Fraser was wonderful at recognising and showing great art, but easily bored and not a great businessman by any standards. However, he was certainly a very influential man, intelligent, witty, argumentative and terrible with money. This is a very interesting read about a fascinating man.


By Harriet Vyner - Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser (New edition)
By Harriet Vyner - Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser (New edition)
by Harriet Vyner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser, 30 Jan. 2015
Anyone with even the vaguest interest in the Sixties would have heard of Robert Fraser - infamously imortalised as "Doctor Robert" on the Beatles "Revolver" album, he was the catalyst for the Sgt Pepper cover and was influential in many ways. An art dealer who sold to the famous and the fashionable in Swinging London, Fraser was arrested during the notorious Redlands bust and served several months in prison. The cover of this book shows the photograph of Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser handcuffed while being taken to court, which caused outrage at the time.

Using interviews with people who knew him, snippets of letters, etc, this book then tells the story of one of the most important people in Sixties London. From his days at Eton and the army, through his most successful period as an art dealer, his drugs bust, time in prison, Marrakesh, India and his downfall through drugs and drink to his death from AID's in the 1980's. It seems to be accepted that Fraser was wonderful at recognising and showing great art, but easily bored and not a great businessman by any standards. However, he was certainly a very influential man, intelligent, witty, argumentative and terrible with money. This is a very interesting read about a fascinating man.


Serpents in the Cold
Serpents in the Cold
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serpents in the Cold, 29 Jan. 2015
This novel is set in post-war Boston. It is February 1951 and one of the coldest winters on record, when some children out walking their dog discover the body of a woman on the beach. The woman turns out to be the sister in law of Dante Cooper; a heroin addict, whose wife Margot is also dead. Dante hears the news of the murder from his children friend, Cal O’Brien, a former Boston cop who still has nightmares six years after his time in the war and who now operates a security business. The former cop and the heroin addict in debt to mobsters seem unlikely heroes and, indeed, this is very much a noir novel – dark, unsettling and taking place largely within the underbelly of a depressed and frozen city.

When Cal and Dante team up to discover who killed Margot’s sister, Sheila, their investigation will cause both men to question their lives so far – and will change them irrevocably. Was Sheila one of a series of victims; murdered by the killer known as the Butcher, or was there another reason for her death? From boarding houses to the city dump, through convents and haulage yards, the men find themselves embroiled in a murder which involves the Church, politics, mobsters and corruption. Dante questions how much he really knew about Sheila –was her life a string of deceits, or was she the victim of a psychopath?

This is a novel full of tragedy and atmosphere. The novel is interspersed with photographs from the period, which helps evoke the period and the city of Boston – which is every bit as much a character in the book as Cal or Dante. I found this an interesting and well plotted novel and would certainly like to see Cal and Dante in another outing. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.


Don't Lend A Monster Your Favorite Toy (Children's picture book)
Don't Lend A Monster Your Favorite Toy (Children's picture book)
Price: £1.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Lend a Monster Your Favourite Toy, 29 Jan. 2015
This is a really fun ebook with some interactive features – if you double tap a pink splat you get a secret pop up and if you double tap a magnifying glass you enlarge the image. This gives your child a very important warning – don’t lend a monster your favourite toy, truck or bike. I read this with my little nephew and the bright and colourful illustrations, plus the humour, really captured his imagination. It also has a lovely message about sharing with your friends and treating each others toys nicely.

Elwyn Tate also wrote, “The Deep and Snowy Wood,” which I downloaded near Christmas. I am really impressed by his picture books. This one is ideal for children aged 2 - 4.


Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily's Room
Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily's Room
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lily Lemon Blossom: Welcome to Lily's Room, 29 Jan. 2015
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This is a sweet picture book about a little girl called Lily. Like all little girls, Lily loves her bedroom and is happy to show off all her toys. She enjoys tea parties and reading storybooks. This is one of a series of books about Lily Lemon Blossom. This is more of an introduction to the character than a story, but the vibrant illustrations helped interest my niece, although she did not enjoy the story as much as the previous one we read, where Lily visited the amusement park. These stories are really about everyday things, with simple text for young children and are suitable for ages 2 – 4


Pipsy the Penguin. (A Children's Rhyming Picture Book for ages 2-6)
Pipsy the Penguin. (A Children's Rhyming Picture Book for ages 2-6)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pipsy the Penguin, 29 Jan. 2015
Pipsy is a little penguin who was born too early. However, although he is very small, Pipsy has a secret dream – he wants to fly. Pipsy’s mother offers to teach him to swim and, to his surprise, Pipsy finds that swimming is a little like flying underwater. The author of this book is also the illustrator and, although pretty, they are not particularly bright. I would suggest this story is more suitable for slightly older children, who are able to emphasise with Pipsy’s fear of the water. A nice story, although you might like the illustrations more than the child you are reading it to


Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finish Quantum Original, 28 Jan. 2015
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These dishwasher tablets come individually wrapped and you have no need to unwrap them, just drop the entire tablet in. The only downside with this is, as the wrapping dissolves, you have to make sure your hands are dry. However, considering the dire warnings about coming into contact with the chemicals included, this feature does make the process safe and simple.

As you would expect, these do a pretty good job of cleaning most things. Casserole dishes just need a soak before you put them into the machine and glasses, especially, did come out nice and sparkling clean. I did find that tea stains were removed fairly well, although a coffee cup which had been sitting around for a while did have some marks. However, although not perfect, these tablets do certainly cut down on the time you spend pre-washing dishes – which is, after all, why you have a dishwasher in the first place. As such, they are worth a little extra cost in the time saved.


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