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Draper 69555 Postrite Post Level
Draper 69555 Postrite Post Level
Price: £8.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Keep things vertical or level., 2 Jun 2014
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A quick way to get posts vertical, rails and steps level. Compact enough to keep in a rucksack along with the reserve tape measure, pencil and all the other essentials that don't always make it to the back of the truck when loading up.


La leyenda del ladrón (Spanish Edition)
La leyenda del ladrón (Spanish Edition)
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A stonking good yarn., 13 Mar 2014
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If you like historic yarns along the same lines as La Catedral del Mar (Idlefonso Falcones). El Rey Transparente (Rosa Montero) and the Matilde Asensí books of the same vein then you will find this a gripping read.


Dos días de mayo (Spanish Edition)
Dos días de mayo (Spanish Edition)
Price: £3.91

5.0 out of 5 stars A very busy two days., 13 Mar 2014
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I have been gripped my the Inspector Mascarell stories from day one. The fourth in the series, with only two days to cram everything in it does feel a little rushed and not quite as well plotted as the previous books but you can't do half stars so it gets a generous 5 rather than a 4.

While it is not necessary I would recommend reading them in order. Each book makes references back to earlier books in the series as well as including some of the characters from prior books. Now with the first 3 books available as a collected edition at a bargain price there is no excuse for not reading them in order. The stories here are every bit as good as my other favourite "policiaca" series by Lorenzo Silva who's protagonistas are the Guardia Civil officers, Bevilacqua & Chamorro.


Los 3 primeros casos del inspector Mascarell: Cuatro días de enero | Siete días de julio | Cinco días de octubre (Spanish Edition)
Los 3 primeros casos del inspector Mascarell: Cuatro días de enero | Siete días de julio | Cinco días de octubre (Spanish Edition)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Three 5* books for less than the price of one!, 13 Mar 2014
The first three books of the Inspector Mascarell series in a collected edition at a bargain price. To see why five stars, check the reviews for the three individual titles.


Cinco días de octubre (Inspector Mascarell 3) (Spanish Edition)
Cinco días de octubre (Inspector Mascarell 3) (Spanish Edition)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and as good as the first two in the series, 13 Mar 2014
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I have been gripped my the Inspector Mascarell stories from day one. While it is not necessary I would recommend reading them in order. Each book makes references back to earlier books in the series as well as including some of the characters from prior books. Now with the first 3 books available as a collected edition at a bargain price there is no excuse for not reading them in order. The stories here are every bit as good as my other favourite "policiaca" series by Lorenzo Silva who's protagonistas are the Guardia Civil officers, Bevilacqua & Chamorro.


Siete días de julio (Spanish Edition)
Siete días de julio (Spanish Edition)
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 2 in the series and just as good as its predecessor, 13 Mar 2014
I have been gripped my the Inspector Mascarell stories from day one. The second in the series is every bit as good as the first in the series. While it is not necessary I would recommend reading them in order. Each book makes references back to earlier books in the series as well as including some of the characters from prior books. Now with the first 3 books available as a collected edition at a bargain price there is no excuse for not reading them in order. The stories here are every bit as good as my other favourite "policiaca" series by Lorenzo Silva who's protagonists are the Guardia Civil officers, Bevilacqua & Chamorro.


Cuatro días de enero (Inspector Mascarell 1) (Spanish Edition)
Cuatro días de enero (Inspector Mascarell 1) (Spanish Edition)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning start to an excellent series., 13 Mar 2014
I read this book (the paper version) when it first came out and have been hooked by Inspector Mascarell ever since so have been unable to resist buying the latest in the series as soon as it becomes available even though this means paying a premium.

From the outset is was one of those books you find difficult to put down and one that warrants multiple readings as you become more engaged with the characters and the story each time.

Those of you coming to the series now can snap up the bargain of the first 3 books in the series as a collected edition.


Diez días de julio (Spanish Edition)
Diez días de julio (Spanish Edition)

2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely below par. (**Warning contains spoiler**), 7 Feb 2014
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Firstly DO NOT confuse this book with the excellent, <equis días> de <mes> Inspector Miquel Mascarell series by Jordi Sierra I Fabra.

Esteban Navarro has written some pretty good "policiacas" but this is not one of them. For me it's a rather unsuccessful attempt to produce a contemporary version of Mr Jekyll and Miss Hyde. Had Mr Navarro been a little more restrained with the number of suspects and kept some aspects of the plot rather less extravagant it would have been a whole lot more believable.


Banu Qasi. Los hijos de Casio (B de Books) (Spanish Edition)
Banu Qasi. Los hijos de Casio (B de Books) (Spanish Edition)
Price: £4.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Al Andalus history & fiction combined, 6 Dec 2013
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For reviews in Spanish, head over to Amazon.es mine will be in English, although the book is in Spanish.

This book deals with the earlier part of the history of Al Andalus when the Moorish occupation extended Northwards as far as the Basque Country and Catalunya. It weaves around the historical facts, in so far as they are known, the fictional lives of the protagonists of this history. If you like this type of book, currently very much in vogue in Spain then this is a good read. I would have given it 5 stars apart from the fact that I found some of the descriptive passages a bit long winded for my taste.

This review is for the Kindle version of the book and there are a few problems with this:

The start point is wrongly set, it starts on the first page of the narrative, which means you miss the introductory notes, the genealogical tree of the family of the main protagonists. As several names are repeated down the generations and branches of the family, without this it can all get a bit confusing, the book covers 4 generations.

It also means you don't see the maps or realise there is an appendix of place names Moorish/modern. The book always uses the Moorish names so it is useful to have a cross reference to place, places and events against the Spain we know today. On the subject of maps, these don't really work on the Kindle proper, they are just about illegible even when zoomed in. They are slightly better on the Kindle app on a tablet.


Wild Flowers (Collins Gem)
Wild Flowers (Collins Gem)
Price: £2.48

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great on paper, rubbish as an eBook, 20 Jun 2013
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Oh dear, oh dear, why are these types of guide just such rubbish as an eBook? I own and love most of the Collins Gem series of guides as paper books but why lug a knapsack paper books around when in theory you can have all of them ready for action in your SmartPhone, Tablet, etc. The answer is that every conversion I have seen so far of these guides is at best woeful to dire.

The attempts to link the key to the reference pages varies from barely acceptable to none existent. Cross references in detail pages have the paper book page numbers and no Hyperlinks. The searchable items section contains an index of items with paper book numbers and an apology that these numbers do not match the ebook use your readers search feature.

Such an attitude when the technology is perfectly capable of producing a reference ebook that is fully cross referenced and Hyperlinked, windows help files have been doing it for years.

These ebooks are simply not fit for purpose. Come on publishers, take a look a some of the excellent online reference guides and go back to the drawing board. A ebook reference guide should be quicker and easier to use than its paper equivalent not a shameful second best.

Also a warning. It appears that the reviews that appear here are for both paper and ebook versions so you need to bear this in mind when looking at reviews of anything that is not a straighforward read from cover to cover, i.e. fiction books.
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