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Le Suicide français (ESSAIS DOC.) (French Edition)
Le Suicide français (ESSAIS DOC.) (French Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Je soutiens Eric Zemmour!, 22 Dec 2014
Je l'ai déjà lu en format électronique, maintenant je l'achète (sur Amazon.fr) en format papier pour soutenir Éric Zemmour. C'est un livre excellent, bien qu'un peu difficile à lire (je ne suis pas Française), et très intéressante historiquement, culturellement et politiquement. Déprimant aussi. Les élites Françaises sont des nazes depuis 40 ans au moins.

Face à la chasse aux sorcières que M. Zemmour subi en ce moment, l'achat de ce livre est un acte subversif. Vivre la France!


Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read, 21 Dec 2014
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I really enjoyed this, possibly because I'm the same age as most of the protagonists so I understood all the cultural references. The plot was imaginative and original. I love the idea of the obscure record being rediscovered and used in an advert, and the consequences for the original members of the band who wrote and performed it.

There are a couple of subplots too, featuring evil Larry, scary Kinsella, gentle giant Bluto and lovesick Alice which add intriguing depth to the main story. The descriptions of their lives in the gritty northern town are well-observed, and the writing is excellent (although I'm not sure why the sun is always written with a capital s).

Interspersed with the action are flashbacks to what went on in the 1970s. It's very well done, and provides a glimpse into the originating circumstances that became the issues of the present day.

DM Mitchell has written another cracker of a book, and this has to be one of my favourites yet.


THE CASE OF THE PIG IN THE EVENING SUIT (Dumfries Detective Book 1)
THE CASE OF THE PIG IN THE EVENING SUIT (Dumfries Detective Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, funny, and set in Dumfries, 15 Dec 2014
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Why would someone dress a dead pig in an evening suit and leave it to rot in a water overflow channel? Jin Johnstone knows the police will waste little time on this mystery, but it's just up his street. Jin is not a detective or associated with the police in any professional capacity, but people come to him to help them find something, or solve a problem.

He enjoys digging around until he finds answers, which he does with remarkable success. Not needing to work, Jin has time investigate the mystery, but finds himself in danger from an unexpected quarter. He finds out that the dead pig is connected to a much bigger problem, but has to keep dodging death every time he turns up something new. He's in an out of hospital!

This is an unusual story and told with much quirky humour. The setting is Dumfries where everyone seems to know everyone else, and nothing much goes on. Jin and his mates enjoy a mostly quiet life until the pig turns up, throwing their drinking habits out of sync, much to their dismay.

Very entertaining, this had me absorbed and rooting for Jin right to the end. There's even a love angle.


Snow Angels
Snow Angels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, full of suspense, 15 Dec 2014
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This book is all the more fascinating because it's set in northern Finland and gives a lot of insight into life - both physical and social - in that part of Finland. This helps us understand what lies beneath the exterior appearance and grasp the context of the initial murder of a beautiful black woman.

Kari Vaara thinks it's a straight-forward case initially, but as more people start dying, and the network of possible culprits gets increasingly complicated, he realises he has his work cut out. Added to the complications is the fact that his ex-wife's boyfriend is a suspect, and they accuse him of seeking revenge for what she did to him.

Kari's wife is American and pregnant, and she just wants him home in one piece for Christmas. She is struggling with the Finnish winter of continual darkness and her distress adds to the pressure too.

This is a very well written book which kept me enthralled to the end.


33 Ways To Kill My Husband
33 Ways To Kill My Husband
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best not to read over breakfast, 15 Dec 2014
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Definitely black humour. It got a little wearing over breakfast... We never do find out exactly why she wants him dead, but a good ending which made me laugh.


Torch Ginger (Lei Crime, Book 2)
Torch Ginger (Lei Crime, Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not such an island paradise for some..., 8 Dec 2014
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Lei Texeira is a detective on the idyllic island of Kaua'i, a place where hippies come and go, and sometimes disappear. Lei's job in this book is to investigate the disappearance of a young man whose fiancée is convinced there is something fishy about his disappearance. Did he commit suicide, or did something else happen to him?

One advantage to setting a book on a Hawaiian island is the fact that the location is so exotic, it makes a great backdrop for the action. Toby Neal has taken full advantage of her knowledge of the island to take us around, and show us the best as well as the seediest spots.

Lei's personal life gets complicated as her father, an ex-con arrives on the island along with her ex-fiancé who volunteers to help with the investigation. The number of men in her life goes up even further when the delectable, rich, Alika starts wanting to woo her. Despite all the distractions, Lei is determined to find out what has been going on. She is helped by some appalling weather that throws up clues, and an intriguing psychic who seems to know way too much about what's going on in Lei's troubled mind.

This is an enjoyable book, full of action, suspense and a cracking dénouement.


A Killing Rain (Louis Kincaid Book 6)
A Killing Rain (Louis Kincaid Book 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent thriller from PJ Parrish, 5 Dec 2014
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Another great thriller from PJ Parrish. Kincaid has a personal interest in the young boy whose kidnap he has to investigate. This makes it all the harder for him to keep a clear, rational head. His search takes him to Miami where he meets Detective Joe who is the only cop to agree to help him.

The boy's kidnappers are implicated in a double murder in her jurisdiction, so she is anxious to nail the culprits. If this means working with Kincaid, so be it.

They uncover a deeply sinister, grisly situation and fear for the life of the boy, Ben. Not only are there killers with weapons out there, but the weather is not helping either. It's freezing cold and wet. If Ben is out there, how long could he survive?

Suspense, tension, action - this book has got it all, plus a touch of romance. Well written and totally gripping, you'll want to find out what happens!


Thores-Cross: A Yorkshire Ghost Story
Thores-Cross: A Yorkshire Ghost Story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and gripping, 28 Nov 2014
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This is the gripping tale of the descent into hell of a poor young lass of 15 who, after her parents die has to fend for herself managing the farm, and ends up being seduced by local bigwig Richard Ramsgill. The year is 1770 and Jennet is naive in some ways, wise in others, especially the 'cunning' ways of her mother. As her life gets increasingly difficult, and she is rejected by the village folk, she yearns to have her story told.

In 2013, Emma has moved into her lovely new house with her adored husband. A couple of decades previously, she found an old ink pot which she still has. Very soon after moving in, she starts dreaming - vivid, frightening dreams which leave her exhausted. She talks to the neighbours and learns about Jennet, and realises that Jennet wants her story told through her.

Will her marriage survive the hell that this process puts her through as she almost relives Jennet's tragic life?

Well written, with some great descriptions of the moors, and full of action, I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading the depiction of life in 1770 like the way they spoke, and I'm sure a lot of research went into this book.


Bones in London
Bones in London
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inter-War schemes and scams, 27 Oct 2014
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This book is a bit slow to start with. I almost gave up on it, but persevered and was rewarded with some merry stories about Bones whose business strategy is based mostly on luck. He does develop though as the book progresses, and his business acumen improves, helped of course by his trusted 'typewriter' and heroic partner.

I loved the little twists in the schemes, and found Bone's expressions hilarious. His spelling even more so!

Great little read.


Sanders of the River
Sanders of the River
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining, 27 Oct 2014
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They might not be politically correct, but these stories are charming, entertaining and wonderfully written. Sanders (or Sandi as the 'natives' call him) is a wily bachelor whose main job is to outwit the tribal kings in his area so that peace and quiet is maintained. They, with much enthusiasm, try to get round the rules in place (no war, no carrying off goats or women) so they can carry on as they used to before the arrival of the British.

Wallace obviously had a lot of affection for Sanders, and some of the more colourful characters. His descriptions of certain Brits who went out to Africa for nefarious ends, or to bring Christianity to the continent without the slightest idea of what awaited them is most amusing.

My favourite story was the one with the boy king. It was also the most emotional story. In others you get adventure, suspense, love, action, violence, and the origin of the word 'palaver'.

I found the book wonderfully entertaining.


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