Linda Gruchy

Linda Gruchy
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,931
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (531 of 596)

Writing, gardening, photography

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,931 - Total Helpful Votes: 531 of 596
The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters
The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 May 2014
I'm slightly embarrassed to say I bought this in a charity shop, hence no verified purchase.

I enjoy Minette Waltersí novels because they are well plotted, both from a narrative and a psychological viewpoint, her characters make sense, even though I sometimes find the actual writing somewhat cold and have trouble identifying with the protagonists, which means I feel slightly detached from the action. Her stories are logical, plausible and above all, intelligent. The Devilís Feather is no exception, and I think it is the best I have read so far. (I have not yet read all of hers, so canít really judge.) The characters seemed very real, the writing as always was excellent, and there… Read more
Grow your own food by Infinite Ideas
Grow your own food by Infinite Ideas
3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg, 2 May 2014
This promises much but mostly fails to deliver more than waffle. Parts of it are good, but the overall quality is brought down by parts which are lackluster or downright confusing.

For example, regarding rootstocks, the chapter on fruit trees says, "With apples, the stock ranges from M.27 for a small tree up to a couple of metres high, to the vigorous MM.111 that grows to 5m plus." - A novice might, from reading this, expect that the higher the number, the larger the tree, something which is just not true. It wouldn't be so bad if the author went on to describe each of the common rootstocks; M9; M27; M25; M26; MM106 and MM111 and inform the reader which is best for… Read more
25 Cool Things to Do with Wine Bottles by Julia Litz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, sorry, 2 May 2014
The only reason I got this book was for instructions about cutting down glass bottles. This book just refers us elsewhere. I wasn't inspired by any of the projects.

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