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The Heretics: John Shakespeare 5
The Heretics: John Shakespeare 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madness and fanaticism, 4 Mar. 2014
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There are a lot of mad people in this book. Who are the heretics? It depends on your point of view. To Queen Elizabeth and her court, the catholics are dangerously wrong; treasonably so, to the point that priests are locked away, or executed. However,the powers ruling from El Escorial in Spain would like to turn the tables on heretic bastard queen and place the Infanta Isabella in her stead.
To bring this about they employ dedicated men and women to inflitrate English society and ultimately to wreak bloody havoc in the name of the Catholic church.
They do reckon with John Shakespeare, Robert Cecil's chief intelligencer (aka spy), but, let's face it, he's a bit of a superhero.
There are some interesting historical characters featured: Dr Simon Forman, Lady Susan Bertie, Emilia Lanier, Father Weston, to name a few.
One of the threads of plot in the story involves the horrific rites of exorcism performed by priests....really horrible stuff which apparently truly happened. Yuk. People can be horrible.
Well, in short, I loved the book; Shakespeare is better than Bond!


The Barry Island Murders
The Barry Island Murders
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me smile, 14 Feb. 2014
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Made me smile, made me laugh, (a little). Reading this narration by the legendary Williams of the Yard, I could hear his voice and imagine him swaying over his glass of gin (it makes me maudlin, you know).
Three short stories of murder on Barry Island make light but pleasant reading.


A Murderous Affair
A Murderous Affair
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, 2 Feb. 2014
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I thought this book started off rather slowly and turned to another. However, I went back and paid more attention. It was worth the effort. Narrated by John Lovat, who is the illegitimate son of the late Lord Rokesby, the story takes place in Elizabethan London, just after the defeat of the invincible Armada. A body washes up from the river Thames. It is a Portuguese merchant, last seen at Lovat's brother's house. Spymaster Walsingham asks Lovat to investigate.
A well-written, engaging story with a plausible outcome.


Do We Not Bleed? (The James Enys Mysteries Book 1)
Do We Not Bleed? (The James Enys Mysteries Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You could write a play about her!, 29 Dec. 2013
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I got caught up in the Sir Robert Carey novels a few weeks ago and then went on to this interesting book featuring James Enys, the lawyer we meet in "A Murder of Crows".
While "Do we not bleed" does not have the almost surreal derring-do (just trying the expression out) you will find those full-blooded characters Carey and Dodds taking part in, there is plenty of scope for seeing things from different points of view; that of a woman as well as the men in charge of all the law and administration.
An enjoyable read.


A Murder of Crows: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery (Sir Robert Carey Mysteries Book 5)
A Murder of Crows: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery (Sir Robert Carey Mysteries Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out, it's addictive!, 17 Dec. 2013
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I've read all the Sir Robert Carey mysteries, one after another in the last few weeks. They are truly addictive!
Sir Robert, cousin or nephew to Queen Elizabeth is adventurous and impulsive, and often has to have his bacon saved by the dour Border Sergeant Dodd.
The first four books are well-written and highly enjoyable, but this fifth, and I believe much later one is tremendous! In places it "joins up" with the Simon Ames books, which I dearly love.
If you're reading it on a Kindle, you might not realise until you finish that there's a glossary at the end, there are a few bits of vocabulary which may be unfamiliar and you can refer to the glossary to help visualise the action.


The Man That Time Forgot: Book One
The Man That Time Forgot: Book One
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, 24 Nov. 2013
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Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed this book very much, but it is strange.
The protagonist, Adam, has what might be a gift, but is also a terrible handicap: every time he falls asleep or loses consciousness he moves to a different time and a different geographical location (within limits). He has few memories of where and when he's been to, and it turns out that most of history is very dull indeed. Adam keeps a diary, or rather he writes entries in diaries and loses them. Eventually, Adam meets people who either want to kill him or to help him for a purpose.
As I say, it's strange, but wryly funny and intriguing.


The Boy with Two Heads
The Boy with Two Heads
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5.0 out of 5 stars Champion!, 12 Nov. 2013
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Suzanne is a teenager on a school trip in Athens. Themis is a teenager in ancient Athens. They both have accidents which leave them in a coma. When Themis comes round, he has no memory at all. Little by little he gets to know his family, friends and enemies. Somehow, Suzanne is there with him; in his head.
Meanwhile, her family and friends have to deal with the unconcious and then recovering girl, who shows some peculiarities. We see her best friend Bernie's blog and later Suzanne's own blog in the first person, and the adventures of Themis are narrated. He goes to Olympia to work with his uncles on the great statue of Olympian Zeus. Will he ever be well enough to take part in the Games?
This is a story on different levels, from different points of view. It brings ancient Greece to life, especially the olympic training before the competition.
Not only that, but there is a tender picture of friendship; Bernie takes so much time and trouble to help Suzanne, and for a while is disturbed to find that her friend has become a different, unfriendly person who is not particularly nice to know.
This is an excellent, really well-researched and well-written story.
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The Ides of April: Falco: The New Generation - Flavia Albia 1
The Ides of April: Falco: The New Generation - Flavia Albia 1
by Lindsey Davis
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars No walk-ons for Falco, 31 Oct. 2013
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While "The Ides of April" is not Lindsey Davis' greatest story, it's a very clever piece of welding; I think that's what you call the operation of joining two pieces of knitting together horizontally.
This is a spin-off, not a Falco book. Only very minor characters from the previous series appear. The main characters from Falco are gradually named and mentioned but they are not players in this this story - no walk-ons for Marcus Didius and Helena.
It's clever, the style is impeccable. However, the plot is a little bit thin. As other reviewers have said, you can guess the mysteries quite early on.
This is a good, perfectly readable book, and I look forward to more, more exciting adventures from Flavia Albia in the future.


TUPPENNY HAT DETECTIVE (Tuppenny Hat series Book 1)
TUPPENNY HAT DETECTIVE (Tuppenny Hat series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheffield, 1950s, 28 Oct. 2013
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Billy is a bright, imaginitive boy living in Sheffield in the early 1950s. He and his friends send a ball into an old lady's house by accident. Billy sneaks in and finds her dead body on the floor. The children call 999, and the adventure begins.
This is quite a fast-paced detective story. I suppose it's for older children since the protagonist is a child, but there's no talking down to them or hiding facts- other than those things which the adults in the story hide from the children and from each other.
It's an enjoyable read.


War & Piste
War & Piste
by Alex Thomas
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Bridget Jones!, 21 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: War & Piste (Paperback)
Poppy Connors has an employment gap of several months to fill and ends up as a "saisonnaire" in a ski resort in Austria.
This is a lighthearted blog-style account of the season's adventures among the motley, crazy crew who work hard and play hard there.
I enjoyed it very much; it was funny, sad, romantic, frustrating, satisfying. Poppy is a much more likeable character than the better-known diarist ,Bridget Jones. Also, the title is great!


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