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Murder by the Sea - A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery
Murder by the Sea - A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery
Price: £1.58

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good sense of place but, 23 Nov 2012
Even more gentle than Miss Marple but not in the same class. A comfortable, undemanding read for a wet and gloomy November afternoon. Fran and Libby develop as very busy characters, the reader feels their busyness but Fran's psychic powers are a little far-fetched. The plot jumped about somewhat with too much going on - illegal immigrants,Jane, the new local reporter and her relationship, new home and so on, spies during the war, prep for a panto and so on. I liked the location which felt real and there's a pretty little map in the front of the book. Plenty going on in relationship's both for Fran and Libby but it felt contrived. I'm pleased I've had experience of a Libby Sarjeant mystery but I won't be delving further. I like a bit more grit to grapple with.


The Drowning (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 6)
The Drowning (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 6)
by Camilla Lackberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, 18 Nov 2012
Mostly I have thoroughly enjoyed CL's Hedstrom & Falck series and her plot-crafting is brilliant and her ability to tie ends together when she uses such a complex method as in this novel exhibits pure skill. Millberg is becoming quite lovable and the fleshing out of Anna and Dan is interesting. My criticism is that this story dragged on rather with too much detail which, if not included, would not have detracted from the story. The story-line was immensely clever but I found the denouement - and not to spoil it for the reader by divulging detail - sick, macabre, and rather far-fetched. Presumably it can happen and I'm certain Lackberg did her research fully but I was left feeling let down and pleased to close the book and put it away.


Keeper of the Bride
Keeper of the Bride
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Light and fluffy, 3 Nov 2012
This review is from: Keeper of the Bride (Paperback)
Nurse meets doctor and romance flourishes. Doctor leaves nurse at the altar. Oh dear this is not Tess Gerritsen at her best. I really thought I was in Mills & Boon Land which is unfair as I've never read a M&B. The plot was weak, the characters thin, pace slow. I would not have believed that this was a TG novel had I not read her name on the cover. She must wince when reminded of her foray into Romance and Murder. Horrid, a shoddy romance full of cliches, with murder thrown in. I'm relieved this was not my first experiece of Tess Gerritson.


A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune
by Ken Follett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy and intrigue in the banking community, 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: A Dangerous Fortune (Paperback)
Apart from Pillars this is the only Follett book that I've read. Time flew by it gripped me so tightly, this dysfunctional family immersed in their own greed and selfishness. Yet this is to be generalising too much. There are two parts to the Pilasters - one almost totally immoral, the other standing for principles. Throw into this mix two South Americans, one of whom is extremely crooked and your reading pot runs over. A page-turner with many very unlikeable characters, some weak, some ruthless and a plot with twists and turns. The descriptions of London in the 19th century are convincing and well-portrayed. Sensual, if not erotic in parts, disturbing in others. Why only 4 stars? I've never been to a brothel but I found some of the brothel scenes rather unconvincing. I've already purchased my next Follett on the strength of this.


Grandma's Magical Storybook
Grandma's Magical Storybook
by Parragon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magical, 18 Oct 2012
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A delightful book for Grandma and her grandchildren. This bursts with wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations. It is full of things to be shared with Grandma reading or the newly independant reader to read aloud to Grandma. Bliss between the covers for both. If you have grandchildren - or may one day - buy this and you will make memories of happy hours together to be remembered for years to come. Just full of old-fashioned Granny charm.


Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (Grantchester)
Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (Grantchester)
by James Runcie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing Room Murders, 18 Oct 2012
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If you like your murder mysteries a la Christie then this is for you. If you like blood and gore a la Gerritson then don't go near this or you will be very disappointed. Sidney Chambers gets involved in "gentle" murders which, whilst enjoyable in the reading, are very unrealistic and not at all convincing in that the murdered loved ones are swiftly over their trauma and Sidney goes on his way to the next murder. He's a very likeable sleuth and Runcie has made him into a rounded character. Like the location - Granchester, Chambers is charming. This is fine for a comfort read on a wintry afternoon and not to be taken too seriously. If you like Miss Marple you will like Sidney Chambers. Very readable with quaint prose and understated elegance Runcie weaves some good stories which you will forget almost as soon as you finish reading them, but you will not forget the atmosphere he invokes - genteel, sleepy and almost soothing.


Baby's Very First Book: Farm
Baby's Very First Book: Farm
by Jo Lodge
Edition: Rag Book
Price: £4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring, 11 Oct 2012
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This little rag book is for my granddaughter for Christmas when she will be 6 months old. I find it stimulating and I feel certain she will be engrossed by it. It comes very neatly packed, has a fabric hook which makes it easy to attach to a cot or pram and baby can just look at herself through the mirror, make faces until she recognises herself. This will make her laugh I feel sure so its use will become self-perpetuating. A brilliant activity which in theroy should keep her occupied for some time. This is not like a rag-book of days gone by. The "pages" are sturdy and perfect for little fingers to grasp. Educational pictures of sheep and pigs. This is enchanting. Simply perfect.


The Sleeping and the Dead
The Sleeping and the Dead
by Ann Cleeves
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sleepy story, 10 Oct 2012
A dedicated Cleeve's fan I found this a ponderous read. There was suspense and dramatic tormented memories for Hannah Milton who was going through her own emotional crisis and whilst Michael Grey's life and character were posthumously and thoroughly examined the story was not seamless and didn't hang together well. Poor Porteus seemed always to be on the edge of his own mental breakdown as did Stout who was a bundle of nervous energy. I'm glad this wasn't my first foray into Ann Cleeves or I wouldn't venture further, but I've read several of her "Stanhope" novels and those set in the wilds of the Outer Hebrides. She excels in "place" and "location". If this disappoints then try her recent novels which are fraught with suspense and high drama.


Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 7e
Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 7e
by Humphrey P. Rang MB MS MA DPhil FMedSci FRS Hon FBPharmacolS
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but vital, 1 Oct 2012
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This is not an easy book to access, nor should it be as it provides the detail and analysis that the practitioner requires. There is a lot of "meat" in this. Used correctly it is the perfect reference as well as providing the resources the medical student needs.


The Hidden Child (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5)
The Hidden Child (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5)
by Camilla Läckberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant, 1 Oct 2012
I approached this book with some trepidation, not being keen on stories about Germany and the war. However as it was next in the series I began it and was almost immediately hooked. The sheer depth of emotion she is able to evoke in some scenes are testimony to her powers of both vocubulary and ability to describe extremely horrifying situations with such exactness,drawing the reader in to experience such horror for herself. I found some passages difficult to read they had such strength in arousing deep feelings and a sense of shockingness. One almost felt a sense of voyeurism. I'll say no more for fear of ruining the story. The plot is woven and crafted with a touch of brilliance. Amazing.


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