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The Poisoning in the Pub: The Fethering Mysteries
The Poisoning in the Pub: The Fethering Mysteries
by Simon Brett
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Welcome Return of Carole and Jude, 27 Mar. 2009
A new Fethering mystery is always a treat and 'Poisoning at the Pub' delivers the charm and wit of the previous editions in the series. The protagonists of the series - Carole and Jude - have been carefully-drawn over the past decade, so this latest story spends much less time on characterisation and more on plot issues. It's fair to say that the dénouement is pretty well sketched-out in the reader's mind well before the end, and if this book has a weakness it is probably that less attention seems to have been given to the creation of a gripping plot. Another slight disappointment was the lack of interesting new characters, apart from Kelly-Marie, but the main concern I had was that there was hint in the final pages that the Fethering series might be drawing to a close. Please let it not be so!


Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye
Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye
by M.C. Beaton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing installment, 20 Mar. 2008
Unlike other reviewers, it wasn't the introduction of new characters like Toni Gilmour that made me enjoy this book less than the others in the series. In fact, I though Toni was one of the bright spots of an otherwise diappointing story. What jarred with me was, as other reviewers have mentioned, the unfinished feel to the whole product. It certainly felt thinner than the other hardback editions I own, and this was borne out by the rushed conclusion to the mystery, as well as the rather contrived Christmas 'theme'. I'm still giving the book three stars, however, as I still derived pleasure from reading about Agatha's latest adventure, and I hope we can expect further, and better, adventures from her soon.


Blood at the Bookies: The Fethering Mysteries
Blood at the Bookies: The Fethering Mysteries
by Simon Brett
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An annual treat, 20 Mar. 2008
In what is almost becoming an annual event, 'Blood at the Bookies' is the latest episode in the lives of our Sussex-based sleuths, Carol and Jude. Having stumbled upon the series by chance, I have become a devotee of these cosy, fun mysteries. The latest will not disappoint fans, though it perhaps suffers a little from the relative lack of action outside of Feathering and what seems, at least to me, to be a shortage of viable suspects. I had guessed the culprit long before the final chapters and this can always be somewhat of a disappointment. It did not, however, spoil my enjoyment of a charming addition to the Feathering series. Long may Carol and Jude reign over the Sussex coast!
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Watching: The Complete First Series [DVD] [1987]
Watching: The Complete First Series [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Emma Wray
Price: £8.66

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly ITV'S finest comedy, 24 Nov. 2006
Like many of the reviewers I have been bowled over by just how well this series has matured over time. When the series first aired I was only five years old, and its whole run covered a lot of my childhood. The fact that I could enjoy it as a child and do so again now at the age of twenty-four, albeit in different ways, illustrates the depth of this programme. Great comedy makes you care about the characters; however feisty Brenda might be you're still rooting for her all the way, hoping that she and Malcolm get together properly. They're an odd match but utterly believable at the same time. We probably all went to school with a Brenda and a Malcolm and therein lies the secret of much great comedy. I can't wait for further releases of the remaining series.
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Oh, Doctor Beeching! - The Complete First Series [1995] [DVD]
Oh, Doctor Beeching! - The Complete First Series [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Shane
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £19.74

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle comedy at its best, 15 Nov. 2005
Like other reviewers, the release of the DVD of the first series was the first opportunity I'd had to revisit this classic and oft-forgotten comedy from the pen of David Croft and collaborators. The acting is provided by the informal repetory company of Croft and Perry, perhaps best-known for their forays into holiday camp life courtesy of Hi-De-Hi. Su Pollard, in particular, offers a performance filled with the gusto we've come to expect from this national treasure. The setting is country railway sation at the end of its time on the railway network map, and the series follows the trials and tribulations of its merry band of old retainers. I'm sad to say that I could never now envisage the BBC commissioning another series that bore any resemblance to these slow-burning, gentle and amusing half-hours. Times change, and this DVD offers a look back at the end of the era of true situational comedy.


Hetty Wainthropp Investigates - Series 1 [DVD]
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Routledge
Offered by SKYETORI
Price: £19.90

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Treat, 8 Dec. 2004
It may not be the most fashionable of television programmes, but Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a quality product from start to finish. The acting, especially from the fantastic Patricia Routledge, is from the top-drawer. Much of the action takes place in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, with many of the town scenes filmed in the lovely town of Darwen. The plots, although not hard-edged, are nevertheless more than enough to keep the viewer interested and are often as intricately detailed as any from the pen of long-standing mystery writers. More than anything, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates evokes a gentler era and this DVD is highly recommended to those who want to sit back, relax and watch high-quality acting from the haunting opening brass theme tune to the feel-good endings.


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