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EAST END A FAMILY OF STEEL
EAST END A FAMILY OF STEEL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another East End crime thriller, from Kim Hunter that does not follow the formula of the genre., 22 Jun. 2016
This is the third Kim Hunter book I have read and the third one I have enjoyed.

The strength of this book like the others I have read is the drama in the ending and an ending that is usually unexpected.

The books are in the Martina Cole style, but not of the Martina Cole formula.

This East End family is not of Irish decent, they are not out and No. 1 criminal family in 'the smoke'. In fact they have a legitimate security business where the majority of their business is done out in Essex so that the family is remote from any of the difficulties. Yes there is a hint they operate outside of the law, but it is not until Kenny Steel seizes on opportunity to participate in the party drugs trade that it becomes clear how outside of the law the Steel family operates.

But perhaps Kenny is a bit unprepared in the world he muscles into as things don't go to plan. This is where Kim Hunter departs from a Martina Cole formula, as the main anti-hero has no where near the credentials of the typical Martina Cole gangland leader. This seems to give the author the room to come up with the element of surprise in the endings.

If anything in this case, that ending seemed to have come just a little bit too early.


Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles Book 6)
Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles Book 6)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but there is something lacking in comparison to earlier instalments, a bridge to a more fitting conlcusion to come, 24 May 2016
I have really enjoyed the Clifton Chronicles series and I have enjoyed this instalment too, but on the whole it feels like a book that is winding the series down, in fact the series could probably end here.

Several of the characters receive rewards or their various punishment for their actions. This provides the impression that the series is reaching a conclusion. This instalment also seems to lack a central theme that unites all the characters together. The first book was particular strong on this where the story was told from the view point of several characters.

The final instalment is due in November. There is a small story likely to unfold as there is strong hint in this penultimate book that the fate of Harry's father Arthur Clifton is to be confirmed.

But what else might we expect to provide a more dramatic ending to the series. I don't know, but as there is an element of politics in this book concerning the Soviet Union, I'm think something that links in with the fall of the Berlin wall perhaps.

I am probably glad there will be one more book to go, because the series does deserve a more memorable ending.


Multicolor Amber Sterling Silver Large Pendant Necklace Chain 46cm
Multicolor Amber Sterling Silver Large Pendant Necklace Chain 46cm
Offered by Noda
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An attractvie, multi-colour amber pendant, 20 May 2016
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I bought this for my wife as part of our 11th wedding anniversary celebration. My wife has several amber pieces, in different colours but nothing that is multi-colour. This is an attractive design with a nice silver mounting an chain. Most importantly my wife was pleased with it.


Downton Abbey | Season 5
Downton Abbey | Season 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult relationships in changing times., 16 April 2016
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This season seems to carry the them of difficult relationships. All the characters are affected even the Dowager, who it turns out is an old flame of a Russian Prince, whom is exiled to Yorkshire following the Russian revolution. Mary goes out of her comfort zone to determine if Lord Gillingham is right for her or not. Edith struggles with her secret love child and the disappearance of her magazine editor. Rose's relationship with a Jewish suitor cases friction on behalf of his parents. Even Lord and Lady Grantham have a difficult moment. At the end downstairs things take a turn for the worse for Mr and Mrs Bates.
The theme of change from the old way of life still quietly ticks along. Apart from the acknowledgment of the Russian revolution their is further evidence that times of the great old houses is limited, against the back drop of the first Labour government.


Downton Abbey - Series 4 [DVD] [2013]
Downton Abbey - Series 4 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 4 starts gloomily but progressively the outlook brightens, although social change remains on the agenda., 5 April 2016
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The series begins gloomily following the death of Matthew. Mary is grief stricken but as the series progresses gradually takes first an interest in securing the future of Downton for her son and then in her own personal happiness, although by the end of the series she still has further progress to make.

The old aristocracy is still coming to terms with post World War 1 social changes and the pressure is on to modernise the old estates.

The old traditions still linger however as the end of season Christmas Special is partially set in Buckingham Palace for the presentation of society daughters to the King and Queen.

The servants appear to have experience a similar roller coaster this time with Anna begin raped by the valet of a visiting Lord. But by then end and again in the Christmas Special live for Anna and Mrs Bates appears to return to normal and is there the start of romance between Carson and Mrs Hughes?


Downton Abbey | Season 3
Downton Abbey | Season 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A third, great series with a dramatic Chistmas Special., 24 Mar. 2016
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The post world war 1 was a time of change for the great houses of England. Modernisation with respect to how these estates are managed became the key to their survival, especially when his lordships investments go wrong. To the rescue comes Matthew both financially and with a view to modernisation.
There are also periods of sadness and joy for all levels of the Downton house hold, with others fairing better than others.
However, for a dramatic and unexpected ending, nothing compares to the conclusion of the Christmas Special.


Downton Abbey: Series 2 [DVD] [2011]
Downton Abbey: Series 2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic period drama, a little darker than the first series., 12 Mar. 2016
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If before the World War 1, there were the seeds of change being planted in relation to the aristocracy then the advent of war certainly appears to be a pivotal point for change.

Downton Abbey is used as a cottage hospital, Lady Sybil seeks independence an marries he chauffer. Spanish flu also manages to turn the Crawley's life inside out. The newspaper mogul seeking to marry Lady Mary, represents the birth of the gutter press.

There are problems in the with the serving class too, Daisy feels guilty for marring William on his death bed, when she knew she did not love him and Mr Bates is convicted of murdering his ex wife. Thomas is taken for a ride when seeking to make money on the post war black market.

However, by the end there is still life in the aristocracy. The times are changing but the old guard is not ready to submit to the emerging new order just yet.


WHATEVER IT TAKES
WHATEVER IT TAKES
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5.0 out of 5 stars The entire book builds up to a shocking and unpredictable ending, 8 Mar. 2016
This review is from: WHATEVER IT TAKES (Kindle Edition)
This is the second Kim Hunter novel I have read, the first being EAST END LEGACY.

The story in Whatever It Takes is of a young, promising, female, detective Tess Davy heading off to London's Soho from the relative calm of Spalding to seek out her lost twin sister, after discovering shortly after the death of her father that she had been adopted.

The world of Soho is presented in the form of its seedier side.

The entire book though leads up to and ending that is off the scale.

Like the unpredictable ending in East End Legacy, the ending in Whatever It Takes is more than equally unpredictable. So many books and indeed films have the ending where everything is neatly concluded, some have a slight twist, which you may or may not anticipate, but this one really is exceptional.

I will reveal no more, but this is a must read, purely for the ending.


Downton Abbey | Season 1
Downton Abbey | Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely enjoyable series tracing the changing fortunes of the aristocracy in easy to watch not over demanding manner., 24 Feb. 2016
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Set a couple of years before World War 1, the inheritance uncertain lineage for the future of Downton Abbey is compromised by the loss of two heirs to the son less Lord Grantham as a result of the sinking of the Titanic. A hitherto long lost cousin from Manchester steps in. Lord Grantham accepts him but will is eldest daughter, whom the rest of the family would ideally like to see her marry the new heir.
The series presents the upstairs and downstairs lives of the residents of the Abbey. The main concerns of the his lordships family are that of securing continuity and the future of the Abbey. The servants are concerned with serving the family with some competing for position.
There series is not over sensationalised and does contain some humour that is at a level fit for the setting and the period which was a time when people knew what was expected of them and respected that.
But trouble is on the horizon, women are campaigning for the vote and World War 1 is declared. On top if this technology is advancing with the introduction of the telephone, so the subsequent series will develop the theme of the ever increasing pace of change.
It is hugely enjoyable watch and apparently the weather was always sunny back then.


Duty Free - The Complete Series [DVD]
Duty Free - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keith Barron
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic series from a time when TV producers still new how to create a light hearted, sitcom., 30 Jan. 2016
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This classic 1980's sitcom DVD box set contains all three series and the 1986 Christmas Special.

The series follows the luckless David's attempts to woo the dreamy Linda, endlessly thwarted by the long suffering Amy, sometimes assisted by Linda's husband Robert, when he not playing golf or keeping an eye on the Germans. There are many situations that create a smile and a laugh.

It's all good natured, uncomplicated fun, the way sit com's should be.


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