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BT Décor 2200 Corded Telephone - White
BT Décor 2200 Corded Telephone - White
Price: £19.50

1.0 out of 5 stars Caller ID stopped working, 17 Dec. 2015
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I bought this specifically for the caller ID feature which has stopped working after four months! BT online help is of no use whatsoever; I'm currently deciding whether to go through the hassle of trying to return it, or just buy something different and hope for the best! Very disappointed.


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5.0 out of 5 stars It made Paris perfect, 9 Mar. 2014
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The only drawback to our lovely Paris hotel is the lack of tea making facilities. This kettle boils enough water for two decent sized mugs (which you have to provide, it's true the ones supplied are laughably inadequate) and boils quickly and quietly. Don't forget an EARTHED adaptor too.


Carbonel
Carbonel
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite, 9 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Carbonel (Kindle Edition)
I first fell in love with this book as a child, read it successfully to a succession of classes and finally introduced it to my daughter who loves it just as much as me.
It tells the story of a witch's cat, bound to her by a spell, who enlists the help of two children, Rosemary and John, to set him free. In order to do this they have to collect a variety if items, all now sold off as the witch has decided to 'go into retirement'. The hat is now part an amateur theatrical group's props, the cauldron is an umbrella stand in a teashop and Rosemary initiates the story when she buys the original broom in a local market. It's only when touching the broom that they can hear Carbonel talk, and if she can make up a rhyme the broom will fly!
Once they have all these items they still have to find the spell book used to create the binding spell, and it is john who uses his literary knowledge to uncover its secret hiding place. Mrs Cantrip the witch is a brilliant creation, and it is no surprise that in the sequel we find she has gone back to witchery.
One word of warning ~ the book was written in the fifties and the world so beautifully created is now historic! and may need a little explanation if being read to young children. Don't let that stop you!


Blowback: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 5)
Blowback: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enzo among the Michelin stars, 9 Nov. 2013
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I eagerly anticipate every new Enzo story, and this did not disappoint. The setting, a three star restaurant in the Massif Central was as well researched as ever, the backstory of the celebrity chef's harsh apprenticeship an interesting revelation, to me, at least, and I like the fact that Peter May always gives a depth of interest to even minor characters, so the villains are often (though perhaps not always) hidden in plain sight. He's more alone this time, his daughter Sophie is the only member of the McLeod clan around and I'm still trying to make up my mind about Enzo's behaviour towards Dominique, the young gendarme who investigated the original case and who helps him with the convoluted unravelling of this, now, cold case.
I can't wait for the next one, and with every story I grow more interested in Roger Raffin, the journalist whose book on unsolved murders initiated Enzo's detective work.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A New Star Detective from the pen of JK Rowling, 25 Sept. 2013
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I have to declare that I was never a fan of Harry Potter, and only picked up this book after a friend's recommendation, but Cormoran Strike has definitely caught my imagination, leaving me eager for more stories. He's humorous and vulnerable (a lower leg amputee after army service in Afghanistan), and his erratic lifestyle coupled with his resourcefulness rings absolutely true for someone with his unconventional background. He is the scarcely acknowledged illegitimate son of a rock star and a famous groupie, who may or may not have been murdered (a later book?).
This story, no spoilers, is set in the fashion industry, but deals most interestingly of all with the world of celebrity, which in imagine is something Rowling knows a lot about. Strike is helped considerably by a temporary secretary, Robin, who is harbouring a secret desire to be a private detective herself, and the development of their relationship, whether romantic or not, could continue throughout the series. I hope there is one, highly recommended.


Blacklight Blue: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 3)
Blacklight Blue: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series, 25 Sept. 2013
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Admittedly it took me a while to warm to Enzo, a little too chauvinistic on first sight, but there's more to him than that and the French setting (for all the books so far) is enormously appealing. His family, two daughters and the younger daughter's boyfriend, coupled with the slightly mysterious journalist whose book on unsolvable crimes is providing Enzo with all his cases, spread the interest appeal beyond Enzo himself.
This is a really cleverly worked out plot, full of suspense, scares and twists, which seems to use a variation on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as a starting point and where the final denouement raises new concerns for Enzo. If you like detective/thrillers, this is well worth a try.


Camille Desmoulins and His Wife; Passages From the History of the Dantonists Founded Upon New and Hitherto Unpublished Documents
Camille Desmoulins and His Wife; Passages From the History of the Dantonists Founded Upon New and Hitherto Unpublished Documents
by Jules Claretie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.13

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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Camille Biography, 26 Aug. 2013
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So few Camille biographies have been translated into English but Claretie really is the doyen of his biographers, his work is the source of practically every biography written after it and probably should be the first book you turn to if you want to find out more about this amazing man and his tragic story.
I tried reading the on line version first, but on line reading of long books is not for me, so I was delighted to find a print copy. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Camille who is not fluent in French.


Last to Die: (Rizzoli & Isles series 10)
Last to Die: (Rizzoli & Isles series 10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A complex plot, 26 Aug. 2013
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I have to admit I'm not familiar with this series, so may have been struggling to follow the characters' backstories. This was no bar to enjoyment of what was a pretty twisting plot: all options seemed to remain open until close to the end and it is difficult to write a review without plot spoilers; the school for child survivors is a brilliant idea, and one that I hope Gerritsen returns to; it has just enough hint of a survivalist outpost to make for an interesting debate within the novel on the subject of innate evil but that is absolutely secondary to the thriller element where one is never sure that things will all turn out ok in the end.
Children at risk, difficult teenagers and a shadowy state security operation gone wrong plus Rizzoli mending her fractured relationship with Maura Isles all make for a page turning thriller, pretty good escapism


Camille Desmoulins D'après Ses Oeuvres
Camille Desmoulins D'après Ses Oeuvres
by Félix Godart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for sources, 28 Jan. 2013
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I found a snippet of information here that I have not read anywhere else - and Godart provides the link to exactly which number of Les Revolutions contains it. Whilst it's not earth shattering it has an intensely personal flavour and I still wonder why I haven't seen it before [p. 64 if you're interested].
The other great thing about this book is the detailing of sources throughout - all in footnotes on each page - which makes for easy reading. It's quite short, highly relevant and I found the french relatively straightforward with the help of my Merriam Webster french/english kindle dictionary for vocabulary.
One drawback for Camille fans - it still ends the same!


Le Vieux Cordelier De Camille-desmoulins, Député À La Convention, Et Doyen Des Jacobins...
Le Vieux Cordelier De Camille-desmoulins, Député À La Convention, Et Doyen Des Jacobins...
by Camille Desmoulins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - for the fragment, 15 Dec. 2012
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Five stars because I love him! the letters at the back are slightly edited and published elsewhere, but there is a fragment of Le Vieux Cordelier 8 - started in the Luxembourg prison, which I didn't know existed. To see the editions altogether gives a chance to make one's own assessment of Camille's attempt to stop the Terror - I won't say more than that - and I will point out that I have managed to track all the abstruse classical references with fairly thorough google searching.
Only recommended to English readers with semi-decent French and a good French /English dictionary - and a pre-existing interest in the subject matter


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