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The Murder Bag (DC Max Wolfe)
The Murder Bag (DC Max Wolfe)
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars a good murder thriller, but beware of the dogs.., 17 July 2014
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An exciting start to this book, which overall contains some good twists and murky turns. The main character being a maverick policeman who acts on instinct, rather than towing the line. Not a new & original idea granted, and a detective with no wife present is probably the literary norm; however this one has his young daughter and a dog to look after. And that's where the story loses some impetus, getting mired in the domestic arrangements, particularly anything to do with dogs. It seems that many new scenes and nearly every new character has to have at least one in tow. I found this irrelevant and detracts from the build up of the story, causing the skipping of paragraphs and one whole chapter.
However that aside,this is a good inventive murder thriller, with some strong characters, and some dark dealings, and marks a new genre for Tony Parsons. I have read and enjoyed all his previous books, all with very different story lines. And being a fan of atmospheric crime & murder thrillers such as those by Jim Kelly and Lisa Gardner, I found this book to be a good page-turner.

Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another view of Occupied France..., 18 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Charlotte Gray (Paperback)
I bought this book for the author rather than the story, 'Birdsong' being one of the most powerful books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It certainly is a different kind of story (and War) and I only realised the connection with one of the Birdsong characters when I was well into this book. I cannot say I found it a riveting read for most of the book, but what comes across strongly is the internal struggle in France during the Second World War,not so much with the Occupier, but between the French themselves. This manifests itself in Charlotte Gray's dealings with individuals and the various factions, all of whom seem to have different agendas. Most hate the Germans, some the British, and some their own French countrymen.I had never appreciated the division and strength of feeling, and ultimately what it did to some, namely the Jewish people. What builds to an inevitible and awful conclusion in the last 50 or so pages of the book, eclipses the rest to the extent that nothing else seemed to have happened. It brings the Holocaust down to an individual level where the suffering is almost too much to contemplate, and focuses on three people, two of them young children, amongst the tide of humanity caught up in that horrendous and dark period of our social history. This is but a small part of the book, but will remain in one's mind for a long time.
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Iomega Zip 100MB External USB Drive
Iomega Zip 100MB External USB Drive

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zip 100 External USB - "a must-have storage solution", 18 Jun. 2001
Zip drives have always been a most useful product for back up and storage, and now even more so with the advent of USB connectivity. Once drivers have been loaded on enabled PC, a five minute, once only job, the flexible nature of this external drive will be appreciated by any user. Just plug in the usb and power cables and the drive will appear on your PC and then it is a simple matter of drag and drop to save data. This can then be moved with ease between computers, PC or laptop. Or you can create a proper back up regime utilising Iomega software. I really can recommend this drive highly for it's versatilty,ease of use and price point. I could not do without mine! Richard Mills

by Patricia Anthony
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars War on an individual level,good and evil, visionistic, 21 April 2000
This review is from: Flanders (Paperback)
Read this book and enter a world where death is so much a part of life that the two are almost inseperable. Seen through the eyes of an American volunteer, this is war on an individual level, harrowing in it's detail. Played out in the suffocating stench of the trenches, it explores human nature both good and evil. Through the rain and cold and the cloying mud of Flanders fields, this one man has a vision of what follows, a place of silent beauty that promises a much longed for tranquility.
Enter this world and you will become bruised and battered, but the experience of the reality and the vision may leave you mystified or elated. Richard D. Mills

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