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The Collection - Studio Albums / B Sides / Live
The Collection - Studio Albums / B Sides / Live
Price: £38.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Value, 24 Jun. 2013
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I bought this as a gift and was very happy with it when it arrived. The package is very well put together and includes a nice booklet filled with pictures and comments on all the albums. For the price it is this is fantastic value and I would recommend it to anyone that is considering it as a gift for someone.


Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace series Book 9)
Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace series Book 9)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What you expect from a Peter James!, 23 Jun. 2013
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Any fans of Peter James and the Roy Grace series should now have come to expect certain things from each new release. First the books are always well written and very fast paced with no attention spared when it comes to detail. And second and most important is you should expect a fantastic story with twists and turns that will keep you promising yourself that this chapter is your last only to not be able to stop and read at least one more!

Happily for me Dead Mans Time delivers all of the above and more. James has created a whole new batch of fantastic characters in this book and he manages to mix them with some of the old crew to create an exciting and emotional roller coaster of a ride.

Gavin Daley the main character in the book is a wonderful creation. Ninety five years young and a successful businessman Gavin is devastated to find out that his sister has been tortured and murder at her home in Brighton. The thieves have taken millions of pounds worth of antiques but of greater consequences they have taken Gavin's fathers pocket watch. The watch is Gavin's last link to his father and he will stop at nothing to get it back.

All in all Peter James has once again created a fast paced suspense filled book. Roy Grace once again delivers as both his professional life and personal life keep you hooked throughout. I would strongly recommend this book and indeed this series to any fans of the crime genre.


Doors Open
Doors Open
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Stand Alone Rankin, 20 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Doors Open (Kindle Edition)
Doors Open was the first book Ian Rankin wrote after the he retired John Rebus in Exit Music. It was also Rankin's first standalone novel in ten years and all in all it was in my opinion a success.

Rankin tells the story of four middle aged men who for a variety of reasons decide to liberate some of the art kept in storage and hidden away from the public. What starts as a pipe dream talked over with a few whiskeys late at night soon becomes a forming plan, and in order to pull off the job the four men reach out the a variety of other people with varying degrees of success.

All in all I found this to be an enjoyable read. The main character Mike McKenzie was interesting to learn about and I enjoyed seeing his character evolve and react to situations as they occur. Rankin also introduces a new gangster called Chib Calloway who was also a very good character in my opinion. The pacing of the book was very good and I seemed to read the book in just two or three settings.

The only real issue I have with the book was the ending. I will not go into details so as to avoid spoiling it for anyone reading this that has not finished yet but I did find the ending frustrating and for that I am knocking a star off.

Despite this I found the book to be a good read and would recommend it to other fans of the crime genre.


I Am The Secret Footballer
I Am The Secret Footballer

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read, 22 May 2013
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If you are looking for a good, fast paced short read with an insight into modern football then this is your book. Excellent value at its low price and very hard to put down once i had started it.


Fatherland: 20th Anniversary Edition
Fatherland: 20th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Read, 20 May 2013
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Fatherland by Robert Harris is up there with the best books that I have ever read. The book is set against the backdrop of a very different world to the one we currently live in.

Harris creates a world where Germany has not only won the Second World War but is now the biggest and most dominant country in Europe. Hitler is still alive and the still the leader of the new Germany and the Nazi party are still controlling the citizens of Germany by controlling the media and through use of the SS and other police forces.

The plot of the book follows Xavier March, a member of the German police force, as he investigates the discovery of a body that is found on the outskirts of Berlin. The identities of the body and the secrets that he has taken to the grave have the potential to rock the new Germany. March is forced to look deep into the history of Germany and some of the answers will change his life for ever.

This is one of the best books that I have ever read. The story telling is fantastic and the plot is one of the best I have ever read. Harris creates compelling characters and manages to make you care about them and that for me is the mark of a skilled author.

As a standalone book I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are looking for an enjoyable book with a great story that is very well written then this is the book for you.


The Hanging Valley (An Inspector Banks Mystery Book 4)
The Hanging Valley (An Inspector Banks Mystery Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Banks is back on track, 10 May 2013
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After the last two Peter Robinson books to feature Alan Banks were slight disappointments Robinson got the series back on track with this wonderful book.

When the body of a hiker is found in the hanging valley Banks and his boss are drawn into a case that involves an unsolved murder from years previous, a young girl who disappeared soon after the last murder and a story of cover ups and secrets in a small town. In order to get to the truth Banks must travel as far as Canada as the story of the past is essential to understanding the present.

This is a very well written book and the plot is wonderful. Some of the characters that Robinson creates for Banks to interact with are wonderful in particular Kate Greenock is a fantastic character. Some of her scenes are heart-breaking and Robinson makes you care for her right from the start.

This is the best Robinson book so far. I found it gripping and finished the entire book in just one day. It was a very good read and the story and the twists where excellent. I would strongly recommend this book to any fan of the crime genre.


Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus Book 6)
Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus Book 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Rebus so far...., 10 May 2013
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If like me you are reading the Rebus books in order then in my opinion this is the best book so far. Mortal Causes the sixth Rankin book to feature John Rebus is set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh festival and the police are receiving anonymous threats that terrorists are going to attack. To add to the tension a body in discovered hidden under the city and Rebus believes that the victim has suffered a "six pack" and tattoos on the body lead to the suspicion that this may have links to Northern Ireland and the troubles.

Rebus is faced with a set of challenges that will test him to the limit. During the course of the book Rebus has to visit Big Ger in jail and travel to Northern Ireland to look into the terrorist angle. He is also sent from his normal police station to work with the special branch and as usual Rebus is not going to make friends easy!

Rebus also is asked to look into a youth club in a rough part of the city. The volunteer that the church has sent appears to have gone rogue and the scenes with Rebus interacting with the estate gangs and the youth worker are a real highlight of the book for me.

Rankin wrote a wonderful book when he wrote Mortal Causes. The story is gripping and I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the crime genre.


The Black Book (Inspector Rebus 5)
The Black Book (Inspector Rebus 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Book is a Very Good Book, 30 April 2013
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The Black Book is the fifth Ian Rankin book to feature Rebus his Edinburgh based detective and was a very enjoyable read. Rankin has already established Rebus as a loner that works best on the edges and this book builds on that. Early on his partner Brian Holmes is assaulted outside his new favourite restaurant "the heartbreak cafe". Brian's wife turns to Rebus and tells him that she thinks the attack may have been the result of something Brian was investigating. She tells Rebus that Brian had a Black Book where he kept a note of his ideas and notes on things he was working on and that the answer to the attack may be in the Black Book.
From this Rankin creates a wonderful story with Rebus finding the black book and looking into a closed case in his own time that will take him to places he couldn't possibly see coming.
At the same time Rebus bosses are launching another attempt at catching some of the money laundering gangsters in the area and Rebus along with a young female Detective named Siobhan Clarke will be leading the surveillance operation. Siobhan who would become Rebus sidekick in the later books makes her first appearance and the book is much better for it.

All in all this was a very enjoyable book that plays a very significant part in the Rebus story. Cafferty and Siobhan are introduced properly in this book and both are significant members in the Rebus story. There are also a number of other challenges for Rebus in this book. His personal life is again a problem for him. Michael his brother is fresh out of prison and is in need of a room to stay in and his relationship with Doctor Patience is as usual traumatic.

Overall this book is both an enjoyable and significant book in the Rankin back catalogue. I would strongly recommend this book to any fans of Rebus or crime fans in general.


Wrong Man Running
Wrong Man Running
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 15 April 2013
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Wrong man running is a strange book. The story is very compelling and kept me guessing right until the end but at times the writing and realism leaves a little to be desired. The plot follows an American Lawyer who is suspected of being behind a number of violent rapes. He swears that he is innocent the evidence against him keeps getting stronger...

All in all this was a good book with what I thought was a very strong story to tell. The writing at times was erratic and the conversations were hard to follow but these are minor complaints. The biggest issue I had was that the actions of the police at times seemed very unrealistic. I personally prefer more realism than was used at times.

Despite this I found this book to be overall a good reading experience. I would recommend it to friends but with a warning that you have to at times ignore some very strange police work.


The Crime Interview: Ian Rankin
The Crime Interview: Ian Rankin

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, 11 April 2013
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This is both a very good review and a very good read. If you are a fan of Ian Rankin I would highly recommend this, and for the price it is very good value.


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