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The White League
The White League
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3.0 out of 5 stars A modern twist on a historical who done it, 4 May 2015
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I bought this as it's set in New Orleans, which I know quite well. This is a tale of intrigue involving conspiratorial relationships amongst the "moneyed" classes to maintain the credibility of the unjust imprisonment of a poor guy. Needless to say one family member wants justice and makes himself a nuisance to everyone else in pursuing this. The bits of history of the city are well woven in, but it's hard to fathom which are fact and which are fiction created for the sake of the story. It's a decent yarn, but didn't really move fast enough to keep interest from flagging.


Burning Man (A Gideon and Sirius Novel)
Burning Man (A Gideon and Sirius Novel)
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2.0 out of 5 stars There's no mystery here, its a fantasy, 4 May 2015
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This seems to be a fantasy novel, not a thriller/mystery. I found the plot completely unbelievable and struggled to persuade myself to finish it. I know it's fiction, but there needs to some semblance of credibility in the story to maintain interest. The editing isn't too good either. For example, Gideon (ex cop) and Sirius (ex cop dog) get into a scrap with the baddies at a nunnery many miles out of town. This results in near fatal damage to man, dog and their car. Cops arrive "just in time" to see off the villains and race dog and man to the city centre vets and hospital respectively in a police car. Unfeasibly quickly, man recovers sufficiently to discharge himself from the hospital. Nanoseconds later he is picking up mended dog from vets in their as yet unrepaired car, which is, of course, still many miles away at the nunnery. Oh dear. I won't be reading any more books in this series. Such a shame really as there is the germ of a good idea here. Its just not executed very well.


The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea (The Sea Detective Book 2)
The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea (The Sea Detective Book 2)

4.0 out of 5 stars Too many loose ends to get 5*, 4 May 2015
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This was a slight disappointment after the previous book, although still excellent. Cal McGill didn't really feature a lot in this one and there wasn't much "sea detecting" going on as the plot concentrated on the "victim" rather than the detective. The one bit of sea detecting was pretty frustrating too. Cal didn't put any markings on the oranges he threw into the sea at different places, so how could he deduce which one he found on the shore and where it had gone in? The most frustrating thing was how many loose ends were left unresolved at the end. For example, did Cal & Violet "get it on"? What happened to Mr Anwar's job? Why & how did Mrs Anderson die? Did Violet take up her inheritance? Was Alexandra thrown out of the house? What happened to "Queen" sheep Mrs A? Oh, and the complete about turn of Mr Turnbull from chief villain throughout to Mr Goody Goody at the end just wasn't credible. Shame really. This could easily have been a 5* book, but just didn't quite make it.


Pietr the Latvian: Inspector Maigret #1
Pietr the Latvian: Inspector Maigret #1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation, 27 Mar. 2015
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This new series of translations is excellent, but have the titles been changed? I'm sure I've read this tale before as a Penguin paperback but called something different.


The Art Whisperer (An Alix London Mystery)
The Art Whisperer (An Alix London Mystery)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read, 27 Mar. 2015
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A cracking read with a couple of neat twists. These Alix London books have just enough of the art details to maintain the genre whilst keeping the mystery going for those who don't appreciate art. read the series


Kind Of Blue (Amazon Edition)
Kind Of Blue (Amazon Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost unbeatable, but not quite, 25 Dec. 2014
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A great classic album spoiled by two little things. Miles horrendously cracks a note early in the first track. Completely forgivable in a live album, but not in a studio recording. One of the tracks (can't remember which) is also plagued by recording crackles etc. Again quite forgivable on an original ancient recording, but in these days of quick and easy digital removal of this stuff, it oughtn't to be there on a new release like this. Hence only 4 rather than 5 stars. Nevertheless, a great way to get this marvellous music, with the added bonus of two additional albums in the same package.


Plunge (Las Vegas Mystery Book 7)
Plunge (Las Vegas Mystery Book 7)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent formulaic yarn in a fun town setting, 25 Dec. 2014
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Decent yarn, but no awards. I buy these books for the Las Vegas setting. Having spent so much time there, It's good to be able to recognise so many places and the local "characters". Like most good mysteries, Rex Kusler leads you up sufficient blind alleys to confuse, but drops in enough hints that you aren't entirely surprised by the late twist that shows that "he/she who done it" was someone unexpected. The tale bowls along so it isn't hard work to read.


Sinker (Las Vegas Mystery Book 6)
Sinker (Las Vegas Mystery Book 6)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent page turner, 25 Dec. 2014
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Decent yarn, but no awards. I buy these books for the Las Vegas setting. Having spent so much time there, It's good to be able to recognise so many places and the local "characters". Like most good mysteries, Rex Kusler leads you up sufficient blind alleys to confuse, but drops in enough hints that you aren't entirely surprised by the late twist that shows that "he/she who done it" was someone unexpected. The tale bowls along so it isn't hard work to read.


Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by the little things., 21 Sept. 2014
This is a great product when it comes to internet protection. However the user experience this time was poor. I've used Norton for years and it keeps improving. A couple of weeks before my existing subscription expired I bought a further years subscription code. Rather than wait for the current one to expire I selected renew in the program expecting to simply type in the new code and have the life extended by 365 days. Instead it simply recorded a life of 365 days losing the balance of my existing sub. Checking on the website showed 2 subs running concurrently! I then spent ages searching for an email address to lodge a help query. Eventually found they don't do that anymore you have to go through a web chat session. That worked fine and problem sorted. But why oh why isn't that clear on the website? I wasted nearly 2 hours doing something that should have taken less than 10 minutes. Then to add insult to injury I found that Symantec was offering a renewal price slightly less than Amazon's best and way below their normal online price. That was seriously well hidden! That wasn't the end. When the clock ticked down to 365 days protection my computer took ages to boot up in the morning. I then got a Windows warning that I had no virus protection or firewall. On trying to access Norton nothing happened. When I did eventually get it to load I got a message that it wasn't registered and I had to activate it. I did that, and assumed all was now well but not so. The next time I booted the same thing happened. The third boot up was ok but I am really fed up. I've used Norton for years, but this experience has me thinking I should go elsewhere next year.


Road to Nowhere (The Samaritan Book 1)
Road to Nowhere (The Samaritan Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buying this was a mistake, 4 Mar. 2014
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Having struggled through Jim Fusilli's Narrows Gate, I should have known better than attempt another. This book reads like the script for the 1000th episode of a TV soap, where every viewer already knows everything about all the characters, relationships and locations. Here, there is no character building, no proper explanation of relationships, no satisfactory linking of the reasons for the constant skipping between people, events and locations, often hundreds of miles apart. It's all just a largely incoherent muddle. The only thing in it's favour is that it's mercifully shorter than Narrow Gate.


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