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Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer
Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer
Children are going missing from Exmoor, snatched from where they are left alone in vehicles with a single post it note: 'you don't love him'. Jonas Holly is returning to duty as a police officer after murder of his wife and his own near death at the hands of an unknown killer. Detective Inspector Reynolds and his DS Elizabeth Rice try to solve the puzzle against as they return to the bloody location and memories of Bauer's previous book Darkside.

There are two things I loved about this book. Bauer's evocation of the Exmoor landscape is skillful, speaking of both its isolation but also great beauty. And her characterization is impressive, there are no cliched hard drinking… Read more
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
Steven's Uncle Billy disappeared aged 11, presumed killed and buried on Exmoor by serial killer Arnold Avery. Steven spends his time digging on the moor searching for his lost uncle, Billy's mother stands every day at the window waiting for him to come home and her daughter copes as best she can never knowing what has happened to her lost sibling. Steven comes up with an idea: to write to Avery and learn where his uncle is buried. Avery has patience on his side and takes up the correspondence beginning a nasty game that turns lethal when Avery learns he is writing to a child, a child the same age as the children he took and murdered.

I love Bauer's writing, Exmoor is as much a… Read more
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cu&hellip by Andy Harris
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Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and Ottoman cuisine is likewise a mix of Turkish, Greek, Albanian, Mongolian and Bulgarian, to name just a few. This is an enjoyable big glossy book full of pictures both of the recipes and of the markets of the city.

We are given a brief introduction to the areas and markets of Istanbul with delicious descriptions and pictures of the enjoyment and delight with which the people of Istanbul devour their food, from street vendors to restaurants. Then there are then six recipe sections: Breakfast; Streetfood and snacks; Vegetables and pulses; Meat and poultry; Fish and seafood; and Desserts. The last section is a glossary of ingredients, some… Read more

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