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A Death In Beverly Hills
A Death In Beverly Hills
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Crime/Courtroom Drama, 10 Mar. 2011
This is an enjoyable read. The basic plot line is that of a fading Hollywood film star, charged with the murder of his wife. His case is not going well as he is dislikeable and won't level with this attorney. His attorney hires as an investigator Steve Janson, who is an ex cop and a disbarred lawyer (I'll not tell you why, you can read that yourself). The story follows the exploits of Janson as he unpicks the events leading up to the murder and interviews the various characters along the way.

Strengths - good characters, generally believable plot and a well written narrative. The courtroom sequences comprising the last part of the book are particularly well written.

Weaknesses - my only slight criticism is that the narrative tends to follow along a single timeline and person - ie Janson investigating. Whilst there are occassional "flashbacks" to conversations by characters generally there is not much of an interweaving of plot lines and sub stories.

Generally a good read - didnt pay anything to download so extra happy!


Saving Rachel (Donovan Creed series Book 3)
Saving Rachel (Donovan Creed series Book 3)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but Good!, 30 Jan. 2011
This is the first Donovan Creed novel I have read. It is a bit bizarre and to be honest the whole plot is too surreal to ever be believable. However, if you are happy enough to suspend belief whilst reading this then it is highly enjoyable. The basic plot line is that a man who is having an affair is captured and placed in a glass box and is forced to choose who will live between his wife and his mistress. The writing is crisp, punchy and humerous and there are several plot twists that make this difficult to put down. I noticed a couple of reviewers have commented that Donovan Creed features too late in to the book and I would agree with that. My only other slight grumble was that the book was a bit short (but then that's as much my fault for not checking this before I bought it!) I have bought another couple of Donovan Creed novels on Kindle as a result of this purchase and overall they are pretty good


Hard Landing (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller)
Hard Landing (The 1st Spider Shepherd Thriller)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Read, 30 Jan. 2011
For £0.49 this is a must purchase book! I have read a couple of Stephen Leather's books in paperback before and have enjoyed them. This book is no exception. The basic tale is about an undercover cop put in to prison to get information on a drugs baron. The drug baron is in jail awaiting trial but is slowly dismantling the case against him. This is a very good read. There is tension througout both of the cop risking being caught out and the witnesses on the outside being put under pressure not to testify. There are outbursts of violence (but not gratuitous) and generally it is a strong crime thriller. First book I have given 5 stars to - nuff said!


Blue Heaven
Blue Heaven
Price: £4.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A can't put down book, 27 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Blue Heaven (Kindle Edition)
This book is worth reading. A tense tale set against a backdrop of incomers to an old fashioned way of life, old -v- modern and atmospheric descriptions of the Idaho landscape. The characters are well developed, the plot has a couple of twists and you feel a steady build up of tension as the book progresses. Would def buy more by this author. Almost gave this book my first 5 star! Praise indeed


Remix
Remix
Price: £1.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid read, 26 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Remix (Kindle Edition)
Anybody who has a name like Lexi Revellian and writes a book where the lead character restores rocking horses has to be a bit quirky! And thats what this books is - quirky. On the face of it a story about a supposedly dead rock star reappearing on someones roof, crooked agents and lovelorn friends has all theindications of a fairly bland read. However that never happens - the characters are all developed, there is pathos, some humour and a sense of uncertainty and suspense about the outcome. All in all a pretty decent read!


Boomerang
Boomerang
Price: £2.08

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50/50, 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Boomerang (Kindle Edition)
A bit hit and miss this one. There are some amusing parts to it and some of the characters were entertaining. The basic premise of chasing a boomerang with a hidden compartment round Phoenix had potential. The two big downsides for me was firstly that there were just too many characters and secondly it was not always apparent what some of the characters were involved for. The slapstick side is good enough but it needs to be better anchored to a more coherent plot line and some rationale for why the characters were chasing the boomerang. A light read and as long as you only paid a £1 or so to download at most you should not feel too dissatisfied


Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload
Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read, 19 Jan. 2011
Like most self help books most of the points you pick up are common sense/self evident and you sometimes wonder why you bother reading a book that basically tells you to organise yourself better! However, having read it and implemented the bulk of the strategies I have improved my productivity no end so on that basis alone I have to give the book a thumbs up. At times it is a bit wordy and could do with cutting to the chase a bit more quickly. Overall though, for anyone who exists, as I did, in Outlook overload (1,000 items in Inbox, 30,000 in Deleted!) it is worth a read as it can help you get on top of things


Sudden Death (Deadly Sports Mystery series Book 1)
Sudden Death (Deadly Sports Mystery series Book 1)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its a double bogey, 19 Jan. 2011
I'm a fan of both golf and crime/thrillers so the concept of the book appealed and I was looking forward to it. However, having forced myself to read to the end I have to confess I can find very little to recommend this book. The characters are bland - page after page about going to restaurants, visiting mom etc. There is little effort to give any depth to the characters, interweave plot lines or build suspense. The suspect is revealed near the end but has barely featured before that and the motive is dealt with in a few lines. All in all a pretty turgid read - sorry!


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