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Research
Research
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Dead clever, 20 July 2014
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The world's most successful thriller writer goes on the run after his wife is found murdered in their Monaco apartment, then enlists the help of one of his ghost writers (well no one could churn out that many bestsellers on their own) to help prove his innocence. Don't expect heart or heroes or justice - this is a very clever tale of envy, treachery and revenge, executed (if that's not a tactless word) with Kerr's usual polish and dark cynical humour. Plenty of great scenery, swanky hotels and posh motors, some truly shocking plot twists, lots of casual obscenities (it's just how these characters talk) and laconic digs at just about everyone, especially the literati. Not Dostoevsky, and less serious than the Bernie Gunther novels, but a gripping summer read.


100% Solid Oak Stackable Shoe Rack / Hall way porch Storage Organiser
100% Solid Oak Stackable Shoe Rack / Hall way porch Storage Organiser
Offered by Hallowood Furniture
Price: 69.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly perfect shoe rack, 9 Jan 2014
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Ordered two of these (to replace a maddeningly hopeless expanding chrome rack on the floor of our coat cupboard) but with some trepidation in view of one reviewer's understandable annoyance that his two racks didn't align properly when stacked and another's quibble about the finish. I needn't have worried: the racks arrived, beautifully packaged, in three days and went together amazingly fast and easily with the simple bolts and allen key supplied.
Stacking one on top of the other is easy using the little wooden dowels supplied - these just drop into the pre-drilled holes, you don't have to hammer them in. (This does mean the two racks separate easily too - I'm considering glueing the dowels in place so the two racks don't separate when moved for cleaning.)
The sealed wood finish is good - no rough edges or splinters - and should wipe clean easily. Together, the two racks would easily hold twelve pairs of adult shoes though we're using the top shelf for gloves and cycle helmet. The whole structure is sturdy and stable and our plastic boot tray slides away neatly underneath.
Why not five stars? This rack is so nearly perfect that it's a shame there are no matching timber plugs for the unused dowel holes and timber caps to conceal the bolts in the uprights. These would make this shoe rack even more like a decent piece of furniture rather than just a utility item - important if it's on show in your hallway.


Spyship [DVD]
Spyship [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Wilkinson
Price: 21.15

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great drama, problem DVD, 2 Jan 2014
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This is a marvellous British thriller, gritty, subtle and understated and with excellent performances throughout. The northern fishermen lost when their trawler mysteriously sinks, their tough bereaved families and Tom Wilkinson as the son who sets about unearthing the political dirty dealings behind the 'accident' are all utterly convincing. No flashy special effects, no thumping music, yet as the plot thickens Spyship becomes truly frightening.
The rather grainy picture is no problem (goes with the period - this is how television used to look) but my discs were distractingly out of sync so it was like watching a badly dubbed foreign film. Some mistake surely?


Pinocchio / fold down hook Aluminium
Pinocchio / fold down hook Aluminium

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect piece of design, 9 July 2013
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Searched for ages before finding this utterly brilliant hook for my utility room, to go on the wall close to the ironing board and hold newly ironed shirts. Wobbly over-the-door hooks are easy to find but this is in a different league, a properly thought-out and beautifully engineered little product that is sturdy, completely functional, a pleasure to use (the smooth lift-and-twist folding action is oddly satisfying) and, in its modest way, beautiful. I've never bothered to review anything on Amazon before and such a small product might seem an odd place to start, but if all manufacturers took as much trouble to get their products right life would be a whole lot nicer! Congratulations to the designer, whoever he/she is!

I did gulp a bit at the price - it seemed a lot of money just for a hook! - but having seen and used it I now think it was good value.


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