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The Leather Funnel
The Leather Funnel
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting account complete with illustrations of well-authenticated events but ..., 15 July 2016
This review is from: The Leather Funnel (Paperback)
An interesting account complete with illustrations of well-authenticated events but somewhat obviously padded out to the required length, and with no indication that the Marquise may have been innocent.


The Man in the Brown Suit. The Agatha Christie Collection. Volume 8
The Man in the Brown Suit. The Agatha Christie Collection. Volume 8
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Beginning, But..., 24 Feb. 2015
Christie creates a wonderful Count Fosco character in the shape of Sir Ernest Pegler, M.P. But otherwise the book is too long, too convoluted, and reads like a cross between a travelogue and something from Mills & Boon. The usual Christie snobberies are there in abundance: somebody wears a hat 'fit only for a parlourmaid' and servants speak like comic illiterates. There's more, much more, than a touch of 'With one bound Dick was free', and the whole enterprise is full of improbabilities. Definitely not one of my favourite efforts from 'The Queen of Crime.'


Curtain Call
Curtain Call
by Anthony Quinn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.43

1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Unfortunate Accident?, 15 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Curtain Call (Hardcover)
Readers of this review may feel I am being more than unfair to this (to me, unknown) author since my only contact with him so far has come from accidentally tuning into BBC Radio 4 and then deliberately switching programs a few minutes later. Even in that short time I have to concede that the book (an edited version) appeared to be well-written and in some ways interesting, as well as of the period. But one has to agree with another reviewer's use of the word 'decadent.' I, however, would go further and call it filthy. I would have liked to make this point to the BBC as well as to my fellow reviewers on Amazon but although the Corporation says it's easy to do so it isn't!
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Academy Street
Academy Street
by Mary Costello
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.94

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This must, in my opinion, count as one ..., 21 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Academy Street (Hardcover)
This must, in my opinion, count as one of the most pretentiously over-written books I've ever had the misfortune to read. The sentences are in the main short, which should reflect some sort of pace but don't and actively act against any real development of plot or character. A dreadful yarn.
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A Scandal In Bohemia - A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel
A Scandal In Bohemia - A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel
by Petr Kopl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New in Sherlock Holmes?, 8 Dec. 2014
This is Sherlock Holmes as we have never seen him before. The first book in a series which may, or may not, include Conan Doyle's immortal creation. An outstanding example of the Gothic Genre, the art is terrific - every page completely covered by pictures and 'speech boxes'. In addition to two (somewhat mysteriously) intertwined tales the reader is treated to Holmes' views on a popular subject in his own inimitable style. A 'comic book' (but not one normally intended for children) dedicated Sherlockians will enjoy finding clues to other stories in the canon, even if they are somewhat startled by a Detective who looks like Basil Rathbone and a Doctor who closely resembles Nigel Bruce. A first-class example of the Grotesque, and strongly reminiscent of the American comics of the 1940s, the author can be congratulated on producing something which, while it will obviously not be to everyone's taste, is nevertheless a quality product. A perfect present for fans, and one which should sell like the proverbial hot cakes.
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Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
by Jacques Barzun
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its Title, 29 Nov. 2014
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I certainly find it useful, and have brought it to the attention of others.
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The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely "stylish"!, 29 Nov. 2014
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Extremely useful and well set out


The Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery
The Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery
by Julian Symons
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True or False?, 10 Sept. 2014
I found this book to be so well-written I almost believed it really happened. There are some very unpleasant passages of a prurient nature which (even in these days when anything goes) still sells books; and also a description of a transvestite club - so early on I thought it was simply padding, but which turned out to be the thing on which the whole enterprise hangs. Some of the 'Victorian' indicators jarred, with talk of 'dollymops' and so on, but the whole is very readable in spite of the unexpected American spelling (center, theater etc). Unexpected to me, that is, since my edition is by Penguin. At one time it was a surprise to see errors in a book put out by a reputable publisher, but there are quite a few here where the final letter of a word is missing. However, this should not seriously detract from a reader's enjoyment and I have no hesitation in recommending the novel.


The Diamond Takers (THE LADY VIOLET MYSTERIES)
The Diamond Takers (THE LADY VIOLET MYSTERIES)
by Karen Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Find, 6 Aug. 2014
This is the first book by Karen Wallace that I have come across, and I must say it is extremely readable and enjoyable. At first I didn't realise it was meant for teenagers. But that would explain the large amount of (somewhat self-conscious) research presented here, since young people can't be expected to know as much as educated adults - although the cover doesn't really reflect the period. Nevertheless, the characters are well-drawn and the plot credible, so I shall have no hesitation in recommending it to all my younger friends!


LEGO Technic 42004: Mini Backhoe Loader
LEGO Technic 42004: Mini Backhoe Loader
Offered by Vitoandco
Price: £36.77

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for a Small Boy, 25 Jun. 2014
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I bought this because a family birthday was in the offing, and hoped it would be challenging without being too difficult for a child rapidly approaching ten. I'm happy to report that it was an unqualified success!


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