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Perfect Crime
Perfect Crime
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot but very short, 2 July 2012
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This review is from: Perfect Crime (Kindle Edition)
The plot of this short rendition is good but it seems the author tired of it and so cut it short. Basically an intelligent woman who earns more than her husband (this is improtant for alimony reasons) discovers he is cheating on her and takes the ultimate revenge on both her husband and his lover. The plot cleverly steers you away from the mistakes she has has made in committing the perfect crime and as one person cannot be in two places at the same time she cannot have committed the crime. So reason the police. Then the lieutenant returns from leave...
A good read but woefully short. A cross between a short story and a Novella but it is free on Kindle at present so well worth a download.


Never Buried: Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series)
Never Buried: Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's have more of Leagh Koslow, 2 July 2012
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The action takes place in Avalon, a small Pitsburgh borough and starts when Leigh Koslow hears a noise at the back of her cousin, Cara's house. She is staying with Cara to look after her during the latter stages of Cara's pregnancy. On investigating the noise she finds a body on the hammock in the garden - but not just any body. This is the body of Paul Fischer the previous occupant of the house who died in 1949 in mysterious circumstances. And there lies the start of the mystery of who, why and how? Leigh fumbles her way through the investigation with the help of her policewoman friend Maura Polansky (and doesn't that name conjure up a picture?) and the hinderance of Mao Tse. Who is Mao Tse? You'll have to get the book to find that out but you will love this book. It is witty and fast paced with a cleverly put together plot. At the moment it is free on Kindle so you can't lose.


No Second Chance
No Second Chance
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a Harlan Coben, 20 Jun 2011
This review is from: No Second Chance (Paperback)
I have read a lot of Harlan Coben and this is the first time I have been disappointed with his work. The plot is good and the beginning explosive and I settled down to enjoy the twists and turns you usually get from Coben. The plot drifts on and then it feels as though his publisher was pushing for copy because instead of building his characters into the storyline as he is usually so adept at doing he introduces characters who make a fleeting appearance, carry out one act and disappear without explanation. The usual character entwining into the plot is missing and with that goes the coherance. Even the ending is weak and unworthy of Coben. Everyone is entitled to one bad novel - lets hope this is his and he gets back on track.


No Time For Goodbye
No Time For Goodbye
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read, 20 Jun 2011
This review is from: No Time For Goodbye (Paperback)
I was given this book by my daughter who had bought it after recommendation as a Richard and Judy's summer read. I found it to be a book I always wanted to read the next chapter and did not feel it fell off in the second half. OK so by three quarters way through you knew what had happened but not why. I found the chapters in italics to be irritants and unneccesary (eg Chapter three) even when the purpose of them became obvious but overall I thought the author held the plot together well and I am certainly going to buy more of his work to see if this was a one off.


The Cell
The Cell
by Colin Forbes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable "Boys Own" storyline, 20 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Cell (Paperback)
If you like Colin Forbes, and despite the many reviews denegrating his writing style there are many readers who do, then you will love The Cell. It is a post 9/11 puzzle for Tweed with his usual team of Paula, Newman and Marlor ably abetted by Peter and Harry and, of course, the indomitable Monica. The other characters have the spray of unlikely names you would expect from Forbes - Mrs Gobble, Peregrine Palfrey and Mr Pecksniff straight out of Dickens. It is very much "boys own" stuff with the SAS being put in overall charge of UK security when London is under threat from "Islamic Fundementalism". Al-Qa'eda have a cell of 20/30 operatives led by a mysterious "Ali" receiving orders from an equally mysterious "Abdullah". Tweed and Co have to find the target, discover the date of the attack and foil the attempt. It is all very predictable and totally politically incorrect but if you like your storylines to be uncomplicated and your "good" characters to be indestructable and your "bad" characters to be expendable then this is the book for you. If you are looking for guile and a complex plot then you can give this book a miss.


Friend of the Devil: The 17th DCI Banks Mystery
Friend of the Devil: The 17th DCI Banks Mystery
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and realistic, 12 April 2011
In the Maze, a warren of alleyways and coutyards in the heart of Eastvale a young woman lies dead. After being raped her body has been laid out in a posed position on a pile of leather scraps. DCI Banks has to find out how anyone could have killed Hayley Daniels and not shown up on the extesive CCTV coverage that existed in the Maze and miles away on the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea a quaderiplegic woman is found in her wheelchair with her throat cut. DI Annie Cabbot is on secondment to Eastern Section and she is alloted the task of finding the killer of a woman whose identity does not exist. Annie also has troubles of her own as,after waking up next to a stranger after a one night stand she finds he has taken photographs of her in compromising positions and now he is stalking her and using the photographs as blackmail to lure her into further meetings. The relationship between Banks and Cabbott has also broken down so she feels she has no one to turn to. Then she finds out the identity of the murdered woman and over in Eastvale a police officer is killed and suddenly the two cases are linked - or are they? Only Peter Robinson can weave so many incidents together into an intricate mix of chilling suspense.


House of Dolls
House of Dolls
by Ka-tzetnik 135633
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction - not fact, 26 Jan 2010
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Firstly it has to be said the events portrayed by this book are harrowing and undoubtedly based on fact of atrocities being commited by the Nazis on the Jews. However The Diary of Anne Frank it is not. It claims to be based on the diaries of a 14 year old Jewish girl who was forced into prostitution but the diaries have never been found. It is the account of what a survivor of a concentration camp probably believed did happen in the fabled "Joy Divisions" but as Ka Tzetnik is male any description of what happened can only be bsed on rumour. Would the Nazis keep women for prostitution and only force them to service one client a day? Highly unlikely.
It is not an easy book to read and this may be due to the fact that it has been translated from Hebrew but I don't think this is the main reason. It is disjointed and the final pages are tiresome when relating the thoughts of Daniella's brother Harry who is incarcerated as a Medic in an adjoining camp. Daniella herself moves from Home to Ghetto to Labour Camp to Joy Division and undoubtedly many many Jews did go down this journey but this book does not add anything new to existing knowledge.


Stranger On The Shore - The Best Of
Stranger On The Shore - The Best Of
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Gentleman, 21 July 2009
Some years ago a man was sat at a bar having a quiet drink. He was approached by a local customer selling raffle tickets, it must be said without much success. He asked the stranger if he wanted a ticket. What's it for the stranger asked? A little boy who desperately needs an operation for cancer. What's the prize? said the stranger. A bottle of whisky was the reply. Hang on said the stranger and walked out of the pub. A few minutes later he returned with a striped waistcoat. Well try selling them for that instead he said - with my complements. The stranger was Acker Bilk and I was selling the tickets. It was at that moment I became a lifelong fan of Acker. Oh! I hear you ask what about the CD. If you like Acker you'll love it - If you love Acker you will have heard them all before and if you haven't heard Acker Bilk play give yourself a treat - you never know you may just like Trad Jazz if you give it a try.
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The Good Guy
The Good Guy
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Tries to shock but overstates the periphery violence, 13 July 2009
This review is from: The Good Guy (Paperback)
This was my first Dean Koontz, bought in an airport bookshop to fill in the long flight back from the USA. Not so much a who dunnit as a will he get to do it, why does he want to do it and obviously are hero and heroin going to get together at the end. However in the middle is a great deal of gratuitous violence or planned gratuitous violence that is so outlandish that it spoiled the storyline and therefore dropped a star in the process.Obviously a mason (of the stone variety) would not have the knowledge to extracate himself from the villains traps, or would he? and the heroin would know why the villain wanted to kill her , or would she and thereby hangs the tale. Would I buy another Dean Koontz? It would have to be another long haul flight with no Harlan Coben available but I suppose it filled in the times when everyone else is asleep and only imsomniacs are reading.


Promise Me
Promise Me
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for Coben, 26 May 2009
This review is from: Promise Me (Paperback)
I was given my first Coben book "The Innocent" and couldn't wait to buy another. This book is not a sequel but it does follow on in a way. It introduced me to Myron Bolitar and his crew and I can't wait to go back and buy another Myron Bolitar novel. But back to Promise Me. How it turns you and twists you. How it shocks you and then amuses you. Anyone with children will be able to identify with the parents in this book. And what a pleasant change to have the bad guy shot dead through the forehead with one bullet from the hero without a chapter apologising for having to kill him instead of detaining him. You see the despair of parents and the desire to go to any lengths to benefit their child. And when we get to the end, in typical Coben style you are not really at the end as he has the ability to have you believing you know who did what and then turns it all upside down in the very last page and you are left with thinking that was a much better ending than the one you thought you had worked out. A page turner that you will not want to put down.


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