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The House of Silk: The Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Novel
The House of Silk: The Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Novel
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a thumping good read? Then this is it, 7 Mar. 2015
Looking for a thumping good read? Then this is it. From beginning to end I was taken on a roller coaster of suspense, twists, turns and shocking surprises. The fog wrapped London of the 1890's, with all its poverty, filth and lawlessness is brought to life in this very thrilling adventure of Holmes and Watson.
Right from the start, the plots builds. One crime is never enough and Holmes finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Just how he manages to extricate himself from what could have been a very sticky end, I will leave, you, the reader, to discover.
This is Holmes at his best and Horowitz has kept the legend very much alive.


SP by Wella Balance Scalp Energy Serum 100ml
SP by Wella Balance Scalp Energy Serum 100ml
Offered by PROMVIT
Price: £17.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A watery experience., 7 Mar. 2015
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This comes with a dropper which is designed to help apply the serum. However the serum is the consistency of water and the dropper holds an awful lot. The application result is like having a tablespoon of water poured over your head, rather like a baptism. The fluid trickles down behind the ears and drips down the neck. It is simply not possible to target particular areas. I was unfortunate enough to have some run down the side of my face which left an a mild, but unpleasant tingle on the skin. There are no instructions with this product, so one is left to assume that one dropper full is the dose. It would be far better if it came in spray form, but then it wouldn't look as scientific and may fail to convince the consumer of its potency.
I cannot say at this point whether it's doing anything to my hair but let's just say it looks doubtful and time is running out.
A lot of money for, as far as I can tell, the same result as you'd get from styling mousse - minus the drips.


Elgar - Sea Pictures; The Music Makers
Elgar - Sea Pictures; The Music Makers
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this as a present and my friend was delighted. One of the composers less known pieces, 1 Mar. 2015
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Bought this as a present and my friend was delighted. One of the composers less known pieces, I think but popular all the same.


Nourkrin Active 45 + 30 Tablets (1 Month Supply)
Nourkrin Active 45 + 30 Tablets (1 Month Supply)
Price: £22.47

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 1 Mar. 2015
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I can't fault the service, but these tablets did nothing for my hair. Not the sellers fault though.
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Taylor Of London Tweed Parfum De Toilette Spray Ladies Perfume Fragrance 100ml
Taylor Of London Tweed Parfum De Toilette Spray Ladies Perfume Fragrance 100ml
Offered by Medideals
Price: £10.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to use this fragrance years ago and was very pleased to find it again, 1 Mar. 2015
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I used to use this fragrance years ago and was very pleased to find it again. Arrived quickly too.


ELAST 0401
ELAST 0401
Offered by ELAST
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is exactly as described and exactly what I need ..., 1 Mar. 2015
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This is exactly as described and exactly what I need after having surgery. The fact that this item arrived very quickly has been of real benefit. Many thanks.


1 SEATER 50 X 60 CHECK DESIGN SOFA THROW 100% COTTON DUCK EGG BLUE FRINGED TASSLE
1 SEATER 50 X 60 CHECK DESIGN SOFA THROW 100% COTTON DUCK EGG BLUE FRINGED TASSLE
Offered by Beautifeye
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big mistake., 14 Nov. 2013
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'You get what you pay for', couldn't be more true. This was a very inexpensive item and the quality matches the price. It's like an oversized tea towel. So cheap looking, I couldn't use this as a decorative accessory. I doubt that there'd be a place for this in the majority of homes - except, perhaps, the bin.


Parliament of Spies, A (An Abbess of Meaux Mystery)
Parliament of Spies, A (An Abbess of Meaux Mystery)
by Cassandra Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disjointed, 1 Sept. 2013
This was my first encounter with Hildegard of Meaux. I am a huge fan of C.J. Sansom and find the Giordano Bruno series of S.J.Parris brilliant, so I thought this novel would be similar.
I find it odd that Clark has such admiration for one of our worst kings and like the reviewer who found errors with the falconry aspect, I feel the need to explain.
After the success of putting down the Peasants' Revolt, Richard ii didn't do much to crow about. Richard was a vain, self obsessed youth who amassed huge wealth by fining and taxing the populace. The Hundred Years War, and the victories gained by Richard's father, the Black Prince, had provided great financial gains to the nobles of England and here is Richard trying to hand back land to the French. Peaceful, you may think, but then he marches 14,000 men into Scotland at enormous expense. Richard surrounded himself with religious imagery and lavish symbolism, thought he was divine and from all accounts, didn't quite grasp the concept of leadership.
John of Gaunt, contrary to the image Clark conjures, was Richard's main support. His experience and statesmanship held the monarchy together. It was only when he was out of the country, that Richard's reign fell apart.
That deals with Clark's odd choice of monarch to champion. The story, however, is so mystifyingly convoluted that I almost lost track. Characters are coming in from left field without explanation. Then she adds in love interests which seem to me, incongruous for a nun. Some of the narrative is adequately descriptive but often turns into a list of bullet points. 'A retinue swarmed into the palace. All the Yeomen were being inspected. One or two were singled out. The King's men went into the kitchens.' Hard to get much enjoyment out of reading lists of events. In addition, many of the characters lack vibrancy or reality. Thomas, her priest sidekick, seems to waft through the pages like a wraith. Barely described, faceless, characterless and flat. Clark has made a good attempt at keeping the language to what we might imagine of the period, but then she uses a phrase like 'call the shots'. In addition, the dialogue between protagonists does not fire or spark. There are no idiosyncratic turns of phrase, no accents, no personal quirks of expression. As a result the characters appear bland and lifeless. The whole thing is such a mess, I almost lost the will to see it unravelled.
Not a patch on any of the well known authors of historical fiction, so a brief and confusing encounter with Hildegard
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Sepulchre
Sepulchre
by Kate Mosse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 4 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Sepulchre (Paperback)
I was unfamiliar with this trilogy before I read Citadel and even then, I started at the wrong end. Citadel was a good read which held its credibility due the restrained amount of supernatural input.
Sepulchre, however is overflowing with spooky goings on, stereotyped villains,(mostly with skin complaints) tormented heroines and staunch, determined, famous five type young women who tilt their chins and carry on regardless.
What a lot of nonsense this is. I nearly threw the book in the bin but wanted so badly to write this review, I decided I should finish it. The ghostly happenings are so ridiculous, the characters so stiff that with very few adjustments, it could be a children's story.
An American girl, Meredith, is searching for clues to her ancestry and travels all the way to the Languedoc to do so. She obviously didn't consider the internet or war records would be of assistance. She has a photograph of a young soldier taken during WW1 who she believes is her great, great grandfather. She is 28 in 2007. That would mean that four generations became parents at age 18. Possible but unlikely. Mosse didn't 'do the math' as she puts it. The switch into American English, which is used every time Meredith crops up, is really annoying and does nothing to improve the readers perception of the character.
Her 19th century counterpart Leonie, is like a young Miss Marple. Nothing phases her. She is staunch, doughty, tough and fearless and very annoying and one dimensional. All the protagonists are one dimensional. There's Hal smelling of soap and running his fingers through his hair, Anatole chain smoking and the irritating Leonie with her emerald eyes and copper curls. Not once, but on and on. Repeated chapter after chapter.
This tale is one for teenage girls. It is a complete insult to the intelligence of the average adult. I haven't read such rubbish in very long time and find it hard to believe that it was written by the same author as Citadel which was a reasonable read.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 28 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Paperback)
I was given this as a birthday present and had mixed feelings initially. I had read Beyond Black and didn't much like it. However, I grew up in Putney and four centuries later, in the 1960's, the Cromwells were still talked about. People knew where Thomas's father had his yard and one of the houses at my school was named after Thomas Cromwell. He was a fine example of a local boy made good who had dragged himself out of the Thames mud to become the most powerful man in the country. This, and my liking for Tudor history, encouraged me and I was not disappointed.
This is everything an historical novel should be. It wraps the reader in its atmosphere, pulls them into the story so that they feel part of the proceedings and transports them back in time so that the sounds and smells of Tudor England become real.
Wolf Hall is superbly crafted. The descriptions are finely written, everything is original, nothing hackneyed or clichéd. Ms Mantel has painted a picture of not only a determined, clever man but of a father, husband and friend. We can identify with Thomas when he faces bereavement and when Wolsey, his mentor, falls from grace. No longer is he the hard face of the contemporary portrait, he is a living person.
The story concerns Henry VIII's break with Rome and his subsequent marriage to Ann Boleyn but it is much more than that. We have all the personal intrigues of the Tudor court, international politics and religious intolerance. Thomas Cromwell, as the central figure is diplomat and fixer to an unpredictable and sometimes petulant Henry. He treads a dangerous path and the reader is by his side every step of the way.
This is a jewel of a novel, a creation of real brilliance and a classic of the future.


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