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The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
by Peter May
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, absorbing and unforgiving in its honesty, 19 April 2014
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A brilliantly fitting sequel to The Blackhouse. a complicated plot kept tight by May's ownership of language and words. Location is an essential component of the story, weather and descriptions of it adding to the atmosphere and sensations. Tormod Macdonald's inner life through his own words is fantastic in its portrayal, and touching in the loneliness and hopelessness it evokes - poetic license notwithstanding of course, as no-one can be sure of this terrifying journey inwards. An amazing trilogy with the third yet to be read. So much to look forward to.....


The Shadow Collector (Wesley Peterson)
The Shadow Collector (Wesley Peterson)
by Kate Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious plot and Ellis pulls it off with aplomb, 29 Mar 2014
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Time slip stories can be complicated and simultaneous mysteries such as Ellis specialises in need tight control. She's a past master at this genre. There's a plethora of suspects and the reader has to process a lot of evidence, red herrings, side-stepping and detail. This probably surpasses her previous Wesley Peterson mysteries but it was only after finishing the novel that I worked out the intricacies of this one. Who would have guessed? Pam is lightening up a bit despite Michael becoming an adolescent and Della causing trouble as usual. I'm still concerned about Wesley's diet - far too many take-outs, not good for Gerry at all, and Wesley is becoming an absent father. Will he regret this?


Weetabix Strawberry Breakfast Drink 250 ml (Pack of 8)
Weetabix Strawberry Breakfast Drink 250 ml (Pack of 8)
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Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for on the go if you must....., 27 Mar 2014
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Acceptable for those with little time but as a regular thing this would not be for me. Quite tasty but rather sweet. Fine for make-do but I prefer a traditional breakfast cereal but it was filling. A good fallback breakfast.


Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 21)
Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 21)
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.43

3.0 out of 5 stars Zeitgeist and nostalgia, 12 Mar 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable as a study in Communism, a reminder of the Miners' Strike and music of the time, this was a serious trip down memory lane. From that perspective it was a most enjoyable novel. So far as plot was concerned it was very thin on substance and not really convincing especially the tie-up at the end with Browne (with an e), and the ACC. Games were played with each other which didn't seem credible either as a case solver or conspiracy theory. I do hope Peter Robinson will retrieve his form for the gripping plot he usually serves up. I shall remain faithful for the time being.


Cuisine 5pce. Set -  Almond (Milk, 16,18,20cm. S/pans, 24cm. Skillet)
Cuisine 5pce. Set - Almond (Milk, 16,18,20cm. S/pans, 24cm. Skillet)

5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong, 2 Mar 2014
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I had to replace my Le Creuset pan set as it became too heavy after I had a major operation. This is ideal and I love the glass lids. I bought this set about 6 years ago and it's been an excellent investment.


Glass Houses
Glass Houses
by Sandra Howard
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Thin!, 2 Mar 2014
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Chick lit. Fine if that's your thing but if you want to read a proper novel this is not for you. Suprficial with little chararcterisation and thin on plot. I wondered what was the point. I admire Sandra Howard as a model and parliamentary wife but as a novelist there's much better out there.


National Geographic Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America)
National Geographic Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America)
by Jonathan K. Alderfer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for a visit to the US, 2 Mar 2014
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Unsurpassed by any other bird guide we have bought. Well-travelled across North America, very well-thumbed and never let us down.


Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
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Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun, 2 Mar 2014
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Unadulterated happiness. We have watched this endless times and still love it and laugh. My only reservation would be that Pearce Brosman is so wooden. He doesnt fit in but all the other characters are magnificent.


Schott's Original Miscellany
Schott's Original Miscellany
by Ben Schott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book, 2 Mar 2014
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If you like reading the dictionary or spending hours with your atlas you will love this. Take a roam through the pages and be intranced by absurdities masquering as useful information. You will then realise that hours have passed and then you will buy a copy for all of your friends to enjoy such bizarre trivia which you will get a lot of mileage from at dinner parties.


The Wire in the Blood
The Wire in the Blood
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Seethes with tension, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Wire in the Blood (Paperback)
This is really a 2-in-1: a manual of forensic psychological profiling and a masterpiece as a crime fiction novel. It works. I'm new to Val McDermid so have much to look forward to in this series, though I did not read the first. However it was easy to pick up the relationship between Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and their ghastly shared history. The detail is fascinating and it's not difficult to process the subtle differences as explained between MO and "Signature". I shall look for this in crime fiction from my other favourite authors. It's quite academic in parts where Tony Hill is explaining the finer points of profiling but VM does this so easily and so well. Her prose is excellent, her use of language demanding and stretching. Her characterisation digs into the core; there is nothing superficial here. But there are lots of twists and surprises. And what confidence to expose the murderer at the outset.


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