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Engleby
Engleby
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hooked and then Unhooked, 29 Nov 2013
This review is from: Engleby (Paperback)
When I began reading Engleby I was sure that this was going to be the book I recommended to friends and family.

It started so brilliantly, but then as the novel progressed it unravelled - maybe it was a deliberate plot device to reflect Engleby's state of mind but if so it did not work for me.

I think maybe the novel suffered from having one extremely intense POV. I found the excerpts when he hear about what other characters actually thought of Mike Engleby one of the more interesting aspects of the latter half of the novel.

The book was OK but could have been so much better


Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple)
Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple)
by Carola Dunn
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far!, 8 Mar 2011
Carola Dunn has really got a handle on the 'between the wars' detective novel. I do love a poison pen story and this one depicts the traditional village plot with admirable skill. The clumsiness and the contrived langauge which sometimes spoilt the flow of the earlier novels has all but disappeared and Styx and Stones is a thoroughly enjoyable read with excellent characterisation and the cleverest plot so far. The involvement of the children in the story is particularly well written and believable.

This is great cosy comfort reading


Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple)
Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple)
by Carola Dunn
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving with every book, 7 Mar 2011
I'm becoming extremely fond of Daisy Dalrymple and her supporting cast of characters. Murder on the Flying Scotsman is easy, entertaining, cosy comfort reading. The author uses a familiar plot device in setting the murder on a train and the nastiest of the family of murder suspects are satisfyingly stereotypical. Although this series borrows unashamedly from the golden era of detective fiction, the author is not afraid to touch on more serious issues from a modern viewpoint including, in this book, the harrowing after effects of trench warfare and racism.

The romance between Daisy and Fletcher progresses satisfactorily and we learn more about his daughter, Belinda, in this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series


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