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Refectocil Eyelash Eyebrow Tint Dye Kit Light Brown No 3.1 +brush Dish Developer
Refectocil Eyelash Eyebrow Tint Dye Kit Light Brown No 3.1 +brush Dish Developer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 31 May 2015
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Used on brows - Easy application with the brush included in the kit; produces natural light brown colour on blonde eyebrows; three weeks before re-application required. Have used other makes previously - Refectocil far superior.


Bad Intent
Bad Intent
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, well told, 26 May 2015
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This review is from: Bad Intent (Kindle Edition)
I dislike reviews that include an extensive plot summary (they seem to give away far more than is really justified) but the Book Information for Bad Intent on amazon.co.uk seriously undersells the book, so perhaps an introductory sentence or two of context would be helpful to prospective readers:

Bad Intent, set in 1830s Leicester, is a story of intrigue, class division and betrayal. It relates the events in one year of the lives of the three main protagonists (James Norton, the younger son of a younger son, recently come into an unexpected inheritance; Robert Salisbury, his attorney, bright but dissolute and Thomas Mottsford, a charming young man newly arrived from London, who is not all that he seems. The events 1835/36, politically tumultuous with the passage of the Act that reformed local government, are no less turbulent for James, Robert and Thomas.

The author uses multiple narration (cf Wilkie's The Woman in White) to tell his tale and handles the different voices very well. The subtle disclosure of Thomas' background through his correspondence with Emily is particularly adroit. It is a thriller, encompassing fraud, betrayal and violent death, but of a quiet and insidious kind - although the pace picks up significantly in the last quarter, when it becomes veritable page-turner.

I would have liked a little more ambiguity in places - this would have countered the dip in dramatic tension in the middle (a common feature in the genre). I also found few of the characters wholly sympathetic, but this is my problem not the author's - if I want a comprehensively nice leading character, I can always read Dick Francis or Peter Mayle.

The fiction is clearly underpinned by extensive historical research of a relatively unfashionable period (pre-Victorian) and place (the city of Leicester and its environs) and I learned a great deal about the reforming politics of the time and the conditions of the framework knitters. This makes Bad Intent sound like the worst kind of "improving book" - it isn't, it's an entertaining and enlightening read.


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Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 May 2015
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Simple and straightforward.


Sexy Silver Wetlook Metallic Hot Pants/Shorts (S/M)
Sexy Silver Wetlook Metallic Hot Pants/Shorts (S/M)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-made, excellent value., 25 Nov. 2014
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I wanted a pair of metallic hot pants as part of a novelty dance costume and didn't want to spend too much on something that may only be worn once, so I'm absolutely delighted with the quality and fit of my purchase. Although the pants look small in the packet, they have a lot of stretch, fit as expected and are comfortable - they're well made, too (in the UK - a bonus). I'd be more than happy to recommend the make (Insanity).


Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix, 13 Jan. 2010
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An interesting miscellany of stories which demonstrates the versatility of Garth Nix. Readers who are only familiar with the Old Kingdom books may be surprised that he can write comedy, too - "Down to the Scum Quarter" is hilarious. The longest of the stories is the novella "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case", which was excellent. It was brilliantly paced, full of action and suspense and a good development of the Nicholas Sayre character - it left me wanting to know more about the Old Kingdom and what happened next to Nick, Sam and Lirael. Other stories in the collection are sombre and thought-provoking - for example, "Charlie Rabbit" and "Hope Chest".


16 The Prophet from Ephesus (The Roman Mysteries)
16 The Prophet from Ephesus (The Roman Mysteries)
by Caroline Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Roman Mystery, 13 Jan. 2010
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My daughter and I have been following Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mystery series since they were first published and feel that this is probably the best yet. Good plot, well-paced, kept us guessing right up to the end. Looking forward to reading the next title.


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