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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12 (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12 (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another classic in this excellent serie, 29 July 2013
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In this book we are finally witness to Ma Matkusi's wedding!! Well, we waited long enough to be guests at the ceremony!
On the way to this momentous event we get to know Charlie a bit better, travel to the bush, rejoice at the return of the little white van and get a few more gems of wisdow from The no1 lady detective from Botswana herself.
the Children do not play any part in this book but all the other faithful characters are present and do not disappoint.
A few pearls of wisdom along the way and a very satisfactory conclusion to yet another entertaining adventure in Botswana.
An excellent and relaxing read.


Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alliteration but...., 1 July 2013
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a bit thin on content. Very good light etertainment though, and a very good description of life in the "provinces" ( in this case the Costwolds) and the psyche of its inhabitants.
The main character, amateur sleuth Agatha, is given some depth although most of her personality is explained apparently by the fact that she comes from a poor housing estate in Birmingham....
the story is midly interesting ( possible bigamy quickly put to rest by a murder) and the following investigation is the start
of more murders and mayhem in the Cotswolds and surrounding villages .
a pleasant holiday read but not much depth.


Child 44
Child 44
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling tale with many twists....., 1 July 2013
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A fascinating journey through Stalinist Russia and an even more interesting one through the psyche of the people living through it. The very fact that a western mind cannot quite grasp the depth of horror of those times and the amount of deceipt and cunning needed to survive them allows the author to surprise its reader at every turn. Even when you think you know what is coming next or where the storyline is going, really, you don't ! and the author can take you to even darker places.
Of course it is a thriller, a detective story, a love story all rooled into one , but above all it is a sort of "Inferno a la russe" and a voyage into the mental and psychological state of good people forced to live and survive in a State governed by suspicion, alienation and a blind faith in a crushing system out of control.
Chilling but fascinating in its depiction of pure evil.


First and Only
First and Only
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5.0 out of 5 stars and if it were true....., 21 May 2013
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Could you really be the only true psychic in this world...?
Could you cope with knowing what is going to happen next in your Life..?
Could you live knowing that someone is out there with the only purpose of doing you harm and that you cannot avoid it as it is your fate....?
I am not into psychic, psychic shows or celebrities and I am a very sceptical person at the best of times, but i did enjoy this book!


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected...., 21 May 2013
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Things and people are not what they seem to be at first in this book and Thank God for this as the main protagonist comes across as very boring and bland as we first get to know her through her diaries.
Her husband comes across as a far more interesting character at first.
The book is full of turns and twists and the reader finds itself liking and unliking the various characters almost chapter after chapter.
the ending is perhaps not satisfying but leaves you to wonder and what would you have done given similar circumstances either as the man or the woman....


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 100 year old man goes English!!, 21 May 2013
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If you have ever read : "The 100 year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared", this is its English counterpart!
Harold Fry, the hero, is a mere 60 something who rebels against retirement and his ordered life after receiving a letter which brings back his past to the fore.
It is , in the true sense of the word, a pilgrimage, a voyage of inner and self discovery, and a life changing experience for our hero and his family and friends.
It is a much darker book than its Scandinavian counterpart but a very reflective and thoughtful experience for its reader.


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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4.0 out of 5 stars not an easy book but...., 21 May 2013
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definitely worth the effort!
Even when you don't quite follow it, you cannot let it go!
It is fascinating at times , infuriating too but it never leaves its reader indifferent!
very well written ( translated) it lingers in the mind long after you have finished it.


The French House
The French House
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book i have read in months!!!, 21 May 2013
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Well, i chose that book because I bought a house in France, was going there and it seemed topical!
However this book is so badly written you just turn the pages to get away from the bad prose and stereotyping of almost every character!
The only redeeming feature is the advice that it is difficult and mind boggling to buy a bed in France!
Please keep away if you like a well written book , it is not even that entertaining as a yarn!


Corazón tan blanco (Spanish Edition)
Corazón tan blanco (Spanish Edition)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read..., 1 Feb 2013
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especially not in Spanish if it is not your first or even second language!
worth persevering though but not a patch for me on "Dime quien soy".
I know it has ben showered with litterary prizes the world over but it did not do it for me.
i was especially disappointed with the Cuban part as it might as well have been happening anywhere in the world: no feel for that country or its people came through the writing.
Lots of anguish and repetition, it feels more like an exercise in style than a novel you are always aware of the author writing process which is not why I read a novel ( when i want this I read an essay)
the premise of the story is good and you are intrigued as to why a beautiful young woman would kill herself in such a manner.
There is also a good psychological study of the male psychee regarding father figure/ desire/guilt/women/sisters....
but it does not make for a novel for me rather a study in...
Again it might have to do with my grasp of the Spanish language at that level....?


Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising title but......, 1 Feb 2013
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a bit thin in content.
I have never watched Dragon Den ( yes, it is possible!) so had no prejudice towards its author.
However , I did find the content lacking in depth and analysis .
Certainly useful as an introduction to a reflection on the theme "where is my life going...?"
but not an answer or even a guide just a few ideas you might find useful to start answering the question asked by
a promising title...


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