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Sword of Rome: Alesia
Sword of Rome: Alesia

4.0 out of 5 stars Short, pacy historical novella., 29 Aug. 2014
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Another strong novella from Richard Foreman. Lucius Oppius is sent on special mission whilst Caesar and Mark Antony fight battle of Alesia. There's seldom a dull moment. Short book is very pacy, yet at the same time characters are still developed and author is conscious of staying reasonably true to historical fact. Soldiers and students of ancient history will love this series. Book can be read on its own though you may want to read Standard Bearer first. Am probably not the only want to have wanted book to be longer but that's partly missing the point.


Death in Room Five (A Chief Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)
Death in Room Five (A Chief Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like a good murder mystery, 27 Aug. 2014
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Bellairs is certainly a master of the genre. Each book is intriguing and well written, without any of the flaws or experimentation you see in one- off crime books and less genre-specific titles. If you like a good murder mystery, you’ll love this book. Short and but expertly plotted. A great read.


Hung Out to Die
Hung Out to Die

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary crime fiction, 27 Aug. 2014
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Great whodunit crime fiction set in a sleepy countryside village rudely awakened by a horrific murder. I thought the characters were well rounded, although allusions to Desmond’s past were a bit off-putting given that there is no prequel to this book. Having said that, he is very likeable as a character and Litton is great at creating the snobby aristocrats and nosy village folk that underpin the narrative. The social aspect of the village setting is one of the best bits about the book and really draws you in to the strange atmosphere created after the murder takes place. Not your ordinary crime fiction, I’d definitely recommend it.


Killing Me Softly: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery
Killing Me Softly: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Me Softly, 20 Aug. 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. I’m already a fan of the Sgt Mayo series, and was glad to find that the plot revolves around Agent Moon in this edition. The plot is well controlled and thought out, and the subject matter feels well researched and believable. The only comment I’d make is that the abundance of characters sometimes made the mystery hard to follow. Eccles is great at creating a myriad of characters within different communities, but I felt a bit lost at times. Despite this, the mystery holds its own and the storyline is well thought out and involves the detectives’ private lives a little more than usual which I enjoyed. Looking forward to delving into another from the series.


More Deaths Than One: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery
More Deaths Than One: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot, 13 Aug. 2014
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I am already a fan of Marjorie Eccles’ books so was happy to see this one had been released. It had an excellent plot mixed with believable characters. I would have liked to see a little more development of Mayo, as new readers of the Sgt Mayo books might not fully grasp his history but saying that, the cast of characters more than made up for that. The plot has a good number of twists and turns, the multiple leads meant that I didn't guess the culprit until the very end, which to me is a sign of a good detective book. Overall, this is another gripping addition to the Gill Mayo series – couldn't put it down.


Eric Ambler: A Literary Biography
Eric Ambler: A Literary Biography

4.0 out of 5 stars Eric Ambler – A Literary Biography., 8 Aug. 2014
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I haven’t actually read any of Ambler’s work before but as this E book was on promotion I thought I’d satisfy my curiosity. I wasn't disappointed. Peter Lewis is clearly an expert on the life and works of Ambler, and his enthusiasm and dedication to his research shows through on every page. As the title suggests, the bio focuses on Ambler’s literary works but there is still enough detail about Ambler’s life and film choices to make the study contextually interesting. Whilst I would say that readers looking for a general and easy biography will be deterred by the amount of research and detail that has gone into this book, I can imagine fans loving the references to Ambler’s many works of fiction and his subsequent film adaptations. This is an interesting and rewarding read. I’ll be picking up copies of Ambler’s work as a result.


Promises of Spring
Promises of Spring

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a quiet summers day, 8 Aug. 2014
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This is a simple, easy read, perfect for a cosy evening in or reading on a summers day in the garden. Jenny Lane is spot on in her descriptions of quiet and quaint village life and like her other books, she understands the characters and community feel which translates into her writing. As the other review says, the plot line is fairly predictable and the narrative could do with a few more twists and turns, but despite this, I thought the romance was believable and I loved the characters from the outset.Really enjoyable and would definitely recommend as a summer read.


Just The Way You Are
Just The Way You Are

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Summer Novella, 3 Aug. 2014
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Perhaps not quite as good as Tell Him About It, Just the Way You are still has trademark humour (sometimes satirical, sometimes bitchy) of author's other books and is an enjoyable summer novella. Central character of Gemma Miller carries the book. People will either love or hate, or love to hate, her sister Victoria however. Fans of Jane Austen will like the various quotes scattered throughout the story. Book will be of slightly added interest to authors and literary agents for the insider information the novella reveals. Would like the author to write a lengthier novel at some point but can recommend Just The Way You Are in the meantime.


Mourning the Little Dead
Mourning the Little Dead

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic crime writer, 1 Aug. 2014
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Jane A. Adams has proven herself to be a fantastic crime writer, this tale sent shivers down my spine. The plot is meticulous and clever, keeping you in the dark until the last second. A must read for fans of crime fiction, I'd highly recommend it.


Accounting For Love
Accounting For Love

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book about work and love, 30 July 2014
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Really enjoyed this sweet book. Perfect for a sunny holiday read, even though it made me glad I was on holiday and not working! A lovely tale about the balance of work and life and the people you meet in both. Have read one other of Chrissie Loveday’s books but might look into another one for my next holiday!


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