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Lonely Graves (Posthumus Mystery)
Lonely Graves (Posthumus Mystery)
by Britta Bolt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this and will look for more of Britta Bolt's ..., 2 Oct 2014
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Set in Amsterdam, Peter is worried by the death of a Moroccan man and decides to investigate. As can be imagined, there is a web of intrigue and danger. Britta Bolt explores the underbelly of Amsterdam and gives us a main character with an unusual job (funerals). I enjoyed this and will look for more of Britta Bolt's work.


White Crocodile
White Crocodile
by K. T. Medina
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended., 2 Oct 2014
This review is from: White Crocodile (Paperback)
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I really enjoyed this. Set in Cambodia, it follows the story of teenage abductions and murders and held my interest well.


This Is The Water
This Is The Water
by Yannick Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the first page, 2 Oct 2014
This review is from: This Is The Water (Paperback)
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Not my style at all. I enjoyed the first page. By the second the style was irritating, by the third, I had to force myself to read on. It did improve with patience, but I found it slow going. The overall focus on the emotions of a group of 'swimming' parents was OK and the complication of a serial killer was well-integrated, but the ending was so neat it felt unbelievable. Not wanting to provide a spoiler, its hard to say more except that it would have been more believable if questions had been asked, or if the mental state of the mother had been explored a little after her family-protecting actions at the end.
OK for a light read if you have patience.


The Wicked (Righteous Series Book 3)
The Wicked (Righteous Series Book 3)
by Michael Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Not really my scene but the pace is good and the style fits the subject matter well, 2 Oct 2014
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A twisted tale of extreme religious groups in the USA. Power and control feature strongly and the situations are - fittingly for the extremist characters - far-fetched and odd. Having a young woman enter a disturbingly dangerous community sets the scene for danger, and the family tensions (especially with her father) have more ulterior motives to complicate the plot.
Not really my scene but the pace is good and the style fits the subject matter well.


Mighty and Strong (Righteous Series Book 2)
Mighty and Strong (Righteous Series Book 2)
by Michael Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbed characters who fail to disturb., 2 Oct 2014
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Strange characters with a focus on religious extremists in the USA. I didn't find it particularly believable and was confused at times about the beliefs of the sects - the characters themselves seemed confused too at times.
The plot moves at a fair pace and the style is appropriate for the genre, but I never really cared about the characters, none of whom seemed particularly sympathetic.


The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. Characters a bit thin but mainly ..., 2 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Girl on the Train (Hardcover)
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An enjoyable read. Characters a bit thin but mainly believable (rather too many of them) and plot interesting enough with lots of detail. The journalist, Anna Rothman, is concerned about a stranger she meets briefly on a train and from this everyday start a complicated wild-goose chase leads to an unexpected ending.


National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963
National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963
by Richard Vinen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars There is a wide range of experiences covered and it has triggered many memories as well as providing lots of additional informat, 2 Oct 2014
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A large, heavy book with quite small print made this a bit daunting when it first arrived. However, on closer inspection I hve found it much more readable than I thought and its ideal to dip in and out of. There is a wide range of experiences covered and it has triggered many memories as well as providing lots of additional information about the National Service years but I don't think its suitable for reading 'straight through' unless you are particularly interested in this period - a reference work describes it best.


Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Price: £23.27

4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use, 2 Oct 2014
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Neat, easy to use, light and thin, this is a useful accessory for tablets. It worked with my son's tablet and there appeared to be no problems with it at all, so our first impressions are very positive.


Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Make a Positive Impact on Your Life and Career
Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Make a Positive Impact on Your Life and Career
by Gill Hasson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for anyone who wants to improve their interaction with ..., 17 Sep 2014
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I found this book fairly interesting, with frustrating aspects.

The light-blue cover and white print makes reading the notes on the back cover virtually impossible, apart from the headings. The font size of the index is tiny, almost unreadable, which makes searching for particular topics difficult.

The text itself is accessible, clear and explained in simple terms for 'lay' readers. There are suggestions for activities to use with children and for adult readers to try out, to improve awareness of how emotions are conveyed, interpreted and controlled. Useful for anyone who wants to improve their interaction with others on a professional or personal level.


The Boy in the Book
The Boy in the Book
by Nathan Penlington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars funny, and intriguing, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Boy in the Book (Paperback)
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At times moving, funny, and intriguing, overall, I enjoyed reading this.
Penlington exposes his own 'collecting' obsession, and its unexpected results: his compulsion to follow up the childhood notes he finds in the margins of a set of second-hand children's books he buys. By implication, the story encourages readers to look at any obsessions they have, and to reflect on their own childhood situations and emotions, but overall the main pleasure in reading this book is the way the story is resolved. If you have an interest in how children can hide their feelings, how a lack of understanding between parents and children affects a child's development, then this is a good read.


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