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Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
by Kerry Greenwood
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much history. not enough detection, 12 Nov. 2012
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I generally enjoy Kerry Greenwood's books and this was still a gripping read, but I felt that the author was trying to air her acquired knowledge to the disadvantage of the plot. I like authors who do their research properly (and many of them appear not to)but this book tended to drift too much into academic pursuit. Still it gets three atars and will not deter me from reading more.


The Last Train to Brackley Central (Inspector Vignoles Mysteries, no 5)
The Last Train to Brackley Central (Inspector Vignoles Mysteries, no 5)
by Stephen Done
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a murder mystery, 12 Nov. 2012
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Although I found this an interesting read, it is essentially a ghost story, masquerading as a murder mystery, not a detective novel.
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Getting the Measure of Industrial Waste
Getting the Measure of Industrial Waste
by C.Bland Tomkinson
Edition: Spiral-bound

5.0 out of 5 stars Take care, 1 Nov. 2012
This report was produced in two versions - the first deals with indiustrial waste in the north West of England, the later volume has added information about indusyrial waste in the south-east of England. If you are trying to sell a copy, please specify which version you have; if you buying it, do remember to check.


Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness
Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness
by Paddy Heazell
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatng read, 22 Aug. 2012
I never made it out to Orfordness, then or more recently, but this book contains some fascinating insights. Sometimes the juxtaposition of official record and local anecdote grates but more often it reminds me that other books on WWII scientific endeavour contain less of the personal detail, less about the actual people involved.


Brigade: The Further Adventures of Lestrade (Gateway Mystery)
Brigade: The Further Adventures of Lestrade (Gateway Mystery)
by M J Trow
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spolied by name dropping, 9 Feb. 2012
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I have much enjoyed Trow's Mad Max series and looked forward to enjoying this one too. It is a gripping tale, well told, with the author's love for the minutiae of battles long past being very much to the fore. What spoiled it for me was the insistence in trying to enhance its credibility by hanging onto the coat-tails of other characters, real or imagined. It doesn't need this - it would be a very good read without.


The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

3.0 out of 5 stars GCCS and the curates egg, 14 Jan. 2012
This book is good in parts. Overall it is an interesting viewpoint and well written. However ther is a tendency to pointless name-dropping and there are inaccuracies that I know about, making me wonder how many there are that I do not know about.


Introducing the Honorable Phryne Fisher: The First Three Phryne Fisher Mysteries
Introducing the Honorable Phryne Fisher: The First Three Phryne Fisher Mysteries
by Kerry Greenwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated author, 14 Jan. 2012
I haven't actually read this compendium but I have read all of the books! Kerry Greenwood is little known in the UK and undeservedly so. Her books are well plotted with dashing heroines; I am very surprised that Phrynne Fisher has not appeared on TV, bearing in mind the rabid politically correct desire only to start new series if they have female role models.
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The Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
The Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark, 14 Jan. 2012
A rather dark brooding tale and one that is long on description and short on plot - I had guessed the denouement earlyon. Nonetheless an interesting read.


Strangled in Paris: The Victor Legris Mysteries 6 (Victor Legris Mystery)
Strangled in Paris: The Victor Legris Mysteries 6 (Victor Legris Mystery)
by Claude Izner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tres bon, 9 Dec. 2011
The latest in a gripping series of books. Very atmospheric and well plotted. Plus extra words to fill up the space.


Death Watch
Death Watch
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Appalling, 17 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Death Watch (Paperback)
This is an interesting and well-constructed story but, at least in the version that I read, the proof reading is dreadful. At first I thought that the author was trying to quaintly place dialogue into some sort of dialect but it soon became apparent that the pages were littered with errors. I next thought that there was some hidden message in these typos but they make no sense in any language that I know. The sloppy production of this book really spoiled it for me.


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