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Bat Out of Hell: An Inspector Clay Mystery (Arcturus Crime Classics) (Crime Classics 3)
Bat Out of Hell: An Inspector Clay Mystery (Arcturus Crime Classics) (Crime Classics 3)
by Francis Durbridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and exciting read, 30 Mar. 2016
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A very enjoyable read, very well written with an intriguing plot. Although I felt I had an idea who was behind all the problems presented by about a third of the way through this in no way spoilt the excitement of the story. Books that are written some years ago can't expect to have the same sophistication of modern day books, but then neither are they so gratuitously blood thirsty, so I prefer them personally. The characters are very well defined and there are lots of surprises as the plot unfolds.


The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple)
The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever!, 5 Dec. 2015
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I love this story. It is related by the 'dear Vicar' and is the first of the Miss Marple stories in which she encounters Inspector Slack. As you would expect, the characterisations are first class and introduce a few new characters who do not exist in the TV adaptations so it is quite 'fresh' and interesting to read. A really nice cozy read.


Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics)
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics)
by Martin Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Several famous contributors - some not so famous, 5 Dec. 2015
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If you like reading Golden Age Mysteries this is for you. Some will be very familiar, and more than likely you will have read them several times already, but nice to have them all together. Others are written by forgotten authors of the period, and many of them are excellent. Yes there is the odd 'dud' but few and far between. Good to have something to dib into during the hectic Christmas season that you can put to one side quite easily for a few days without losing the plot. Worth a try!


Some Must Watch (Arcturus Crime Classics)
Some Must Watch (Arcturus Crime Classics)
by Ethel Lina White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story line!, 12 May 2015
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Talk about creepy! The first chapter really gave me the shudders - then I realized that a lot of the fear was in the heroines imagination! There is a constant edge to the story which keeps the reader guessing all the way through, and it is certainly a chiller. That said, there is a lot of humour in the story also and some very astute human observations. Very well written, and good to have a gutsy female or two in a story from this era. What a pity so few of Ethel Lina White's books are in print now. Surely this could be rectified?


Johnny Under Ground: Inspector Tibbett Investigates (Crime Classics)
Johnny Under Ground: Inspector Tibbett Investigates (Crime Classics)
by Patricia Moyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War time story with a twist!, 12 May 2015
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Very enjoyable read. Well written and an unusual plot with well defined characters. My only criticism of it is that it is hard to believe that Emmy Tibbett is still so gullible in her 40s - or in fact that she was after a few months in the WAFF in her youth for that matter! But then times were different and it certainly didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book. I preferred 'Who Say her Die', and do like Patricia Moyes work. I would definately read more if they were available to buy.


The Incident at Fives Castle: Volume 5 (An Angela Marchmont Mystery)
The Incident at Fives Castle: Volume 5 (An Angela Marchmont Mystery)
by Clara Benson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A light read with a twist, 16 Jan. 2015
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A nice light read yet managed to hold my attention throughout. A nice twist at the end added to my enjoyment. The nuclear background to the story gives it a different theme to most of the books from this era. I would like to know more about Angela Marchmont but perhaps its necessary to start from book one in the series to do this. But the very sketchy information about her doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of reading the book.


Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery (Rex Graves Mysteries)
Christmas is Murder: A Rex Graves Mystery (Rex Graves Mysteries)
by C.S. Challinor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I started off with great hopes for this book but ended up rather disappointed, 15 Dec. 2014
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I started off with great hopes for this book but ended up rather disappointed. The characters are very stereotyped, and Rex Graves supposed Scottish accent is so false it is off-putting. As for the actual plot it ends up as a Midsummer Murders on speed! It is a shame as the basic ingredients for a nice easy read Christmas murder story are all there - it just doesn't work. Maybe the Author just needs to reacquaint herself with Britain as it is today. It is very much the American 'make-believe' Britain she portrays.


The Spy Who Came In From The Cold [DVD] [1965]
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Richard Burton
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic, 16 Oct. 2014
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A very enjoyable film. I watched this many years ago, and was pleased to be able to revisit it again. Of course, Richard Burton was wonderful in the lead role, and the story doesn't lose anything through the present more settled political era. A really gripping film well worth watching.


The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
by John Bude
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Practically enjoyable!, 16 Oct. 2014
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This is a well written story, and of course the 3 stars only illustrates my personal view. Taking into account the less informed era in which it was written the plot is quite imaginative, although you will probably feel a little impatient with the main protagonist at times. It give a very practical account of how the murder was committed and how the Inspector tracks down the murderers. If you are keen on characterisation maybe it will disappoint as very little is given away as to personality of any of the players. But it is well written and quite enjoyable.


Third Star [DVD]
Third Star [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch

5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo beautiful ...., 18 May 2014
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The Third Star is a beautifully filmed and thought provoking film - very much something that should become a favourite in everyone's film collection. The acting by all the cast is superb, and although the story is necessarily very sad, its' message is quite reaffirming and spiritual. I would recommend anyone to give it a try.


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