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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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]
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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.


God Hunting
God Hunting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Christianity, 4 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: God Hunting (Kindle Edition)
Jo Swinney knows she is not perfect. In this book she shares a six month journey to find how God can take a fuller place in her life and thus how she can get to know Him better. There is some solid theology and scripture teaching here. However, the emphasis is on practical living as a Christian in a world which makes that hard. I especially loved the chapter on fasting, where Jo shows how we can benefit from the idea, even if for medical or other reasons, giving up food entirely may not be an option. A cracking good read. It's hard to put it down.


George V's Obsession - a king and his stamps
George V's Obsession - a king and his stamps
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very thin, 6 Nov. 2013
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As a philatelist, I was looking forward to what I expected to be a deep insight into George V's hobby. Unfortunately, there seems to be no original research here, but rather a brief pulling together of stuff already well known and published elsewhere. The occasional bits about the stamps are sadly thin, with most of the text being a background family history. The clear indication of just how fundamentally boring the man was comes through. However, the most telling thing in this book is not about stamps, but that he was an obsessive killer of animals and turned his two sons into bores too, making then sew and knit to pass the time. It's full of typos too. Very poor.


Narrows Gate
Narrows Gate
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling muddle, 11 Oct. 2013
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I almost gave up at the end of part I, but reluctantly ploughed on until the end and was left disappointed. It attempts to dramatize the US government's fight against organised crime by focussing on a ballad singing crooner who grew up in an Italian section of New Jersey (I wonder who that reminds you of?). It charts the rise and fall of his career and love life and those he grew up with. The whole thing is far too long and has lots of seemingly irrelevant side stories which it flits in and out off. The big problem is that there are too many characters with similar names (e.g. beginning with the same letter) and the constant switching between their real names, their assumed names and their nicknames just left me baffled as to who each of the scenes was about. After the seemingly endless background setting it does eventually get a little bit livelier, but then peters out in a rather unsatisfactory conclusion that requires an epilogue to try to explain what happened to everyone. "The Godfather" it's not.


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