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Eeny Meeny: DI Helen Grace 1 (Dci Helen Grace 1)
Eeny Meeny: DI Helen Grace 1 (Dci Helen Grace 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, 18 Sep 2014
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I enjoyed this book and will probably read more in the series. However, couldn't we just for once have a lead female cop who was in a fulfilling relationship, had a good work life balance, maybe baked the odd cake (in a post feminist because she wanted to kind of way), DCI Jane Tennyson was 30 yrs ago, a very good too, but every woman in books like this doesn't need to be yet another incarnation of her, it'd be more shocking, more interesting if someone could break the mould for a change.


Unspoken: Anders Knutas series 2
Unspoken: Anders Knutas series 2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maintaining rather than developing, 11 Sep 2014
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unspectacular story in scope but solid and main characters are fleshed out a bit more. Slightly rushed ending again, and the resolution wasn't due to good policing but luck, although I can't really say that that's a fault per se, it could happen, I'd just rather it was down to clever detection. The on going secondary story, annoying not least as it's barely secondary, with the journalist and married woman from the first book was pretty much irrelevant and shoe horned into this narrative. It either belies the author's own interests given their former job or a need to follow in Larrsons footsteps and have a journalist as a main protagonist; however it's just annoying here, and I ended up skimming through those bits. overall ok, but please focus on the main character who's likable and intriguing, but less fleshed out than the minor characters?!!?


Wallander's First Case (Kindle Single)
Wallander's First Case (Kindle Single)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic short story and back story, 4 Sep 2014
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I'd like to hope that this could be the first of a series of "young Wallander" stories, fingers crossed anyhow. Aside from the final novel I'd only come to Wallander via the many and various TV adaptations, so I've not read most of the original books, I wish I had come to the books first. He deserves the plaudits, so enjoy.


Unseen: Anders Knutas series 1
Unseen: Anders Knutas series 1
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit derivative but good enough, 2 Sep 2014
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in fairness derivative is hardly a criticism of Scandinavian fiction, because they all are to a degree and yet we all keep reading them, we must like the social messages and the uncovering of supposedly idyllic social democratic paradises to reveal their darker side. this isn't the best example of this but not is it the worst. The main protagonist is well drawn and likeable and this is a first novel so there's time to grow and I'm intrigued enough to want to. would echo other comments that the journalist character is too much of a focus and distraction, in fact the author seems more interested in drawing his character than the nominal main characters, it also ended rather abruptly. All in all though, readable and not bad.


The Neighbour
The Neighbour
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary taster, 25 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Neighbour (Kindle Edition)
I've read several Koontz books over the years and enjoyed them but after a few uninspiring ones that seemed to go on forever only to be wound up quickly, as though he'd gotten bored himself with the story, I stopped. However, this was a tight, taught scary, creepy little tale that quickly grabbed me. I'll wait and see what the non devotees say about the new book, and may well be tempted back!


The Viper
The Viper
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'd read another, 24 Aug 2014
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though I am fed up with every single new Scandinavian writer being described as the new Larsson, Mankel or Nesbo, they're not. They're readable, engaging enough and a decent way to pass the time. That sums up this book for me, would like to see how the characters develop, maybe a few more twists and turns, a good enough police procedural.


Dominion
Dominion
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Dominion (Kindle Edition)
not as exciting as I'd expected, not as cat and mouse either and the main German protagonist was so world weary he didn't even seem that threatening most of the time, and not much good at tracking suspects down, he wasn't exactly a Nazi Miss Marple!


The G File: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10 (The Van Veeteren Series)
The G File: Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10 (The Van Veeteren Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever story, 20 July 2014
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Fans will I think find this a suitable swan song to VV, if indeed it turns out to (we can hope not...but it's not certain). Liked the back story and the updating to today (well 2002) - will say that the translation is odd though, I mean it all makes sense but just the choice of English words are ones you probably wouldn't see in every day use today, and the sentence structure can be a little odd at times. Still a good read though.


The Hunting Dogs
The Hunting Dogs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story, 8 July 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good story, convoluted, twisting, intriguing. Not quite up there with the very best Scandinavian crime novels but getting close with rounded, believable characters. You won't be disappointed if you liked the others in the series.


Desperation
Desperation
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the journey, 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Desperation (Kindle Edition)
Sometimes with SK the journey matters more than the destination, IT would be for me an example of that, and so it is a bit with this story. But what a journey! Good read, nice unexplained twist at the end.


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