Michael Parsons (Cardiff, UK)

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Found Drowned by Miles Burton
Found Drowned by Miles Burton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of a veteran, 20 Aug 2013
Many of the Miles Burton books are being reprinted and this is one of the best. Miles Burton was better known as John Rhode, a leading "humdrum" writer. The plots can be strained and some of the characters are stock, but sometimes he produces strong and memorable characters, often elderly aristocrats but in this case including a young girl, Nina, whose story stands out above the rest. This story involves only one death and is the better for that, and Mr. Burton produces clever reasons why so many peiople might have motives.

This series of reprints does have one major drawback in that they appear to have been produced using optical scanning of the original text. This… Read more
The King's Henchman: Henry Jermyn, Stuart Spymaste&hellip by Anthony Adolph
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a well-considered book, heavy on facts and generally persuasive. The author has a tendency to dramatic reconstruction that may irritate some, but this appears less as the book continues. The font is unusually large, for which my eyes were grateful. The focus on Jermyn's architectural development was especially interesting. I feel that more might have been made of the Royal family's connections - the names Henry and Henrietta are not unusual if the grandfather is Henri, the mother Henriette/Henrietta and the uncle Henry, and although Charles I was short, his father, mother and brother were all described as tall, making Charles II's height (remarkable for the era) a little less… Read more
Killing the Emperors (Baroness Troutbeck Robert Am&hellip by Ruth Dudley Edwards
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is probably the weakest of the Troutbeck books but is still above almost anything else available. There is little suspense about the plot, with the villain identified as soon as the first crime occurs. The constraints of the setting and plot limit the characters to some extent, with the selection of (sometimes underdeveloped) deserving victims not being seen together in the outside world, and Jack is restricted by the villain's actions. There are some wonderful moments such as Jack's reaction to being asked to eat a McDonald's burger, and it is well worth reading, but we miss the sheer outrageousness of the unfettered Jack. Anyone who reads this as their first Jack book must be… Read more