Eleanor Clare
Top Reviewer Ranking: 136
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (4,024 of 4,652)
Location: UK
In My Own Words:
Writing book reviews has proved a useful way of remembering what I've read - then I extended this habit to films.

Membership of several book groups (in both English and French) dictates my reading to some extent, and has certainly led me to enjoy or admire many books I would have rejected out of hand.

Otherwise, I use book award shortlists and newspaper/radio reviews to guide my choice of read… Read more

On the book front: modern literature, historical fiction, crime and psychological thrillers, biography, the classics, travel, current affairs - political, economic, social issues, French fiction. Although wary of books in translation, I have realise… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 136 - Total Helpful Votes: 4024 of 4652
A House of Knives (Breen and Tozer) by William Shaw
This picks up the plot straight from end of "A Song from Dead Lips" (also titled "She's leaving home") with a limited recap to help those who have not previously read the first book in the trilogy featuring DS Breen, which I would recommend to get the most out of this story.

The discovery of a corpse following a domestic gas explosion reminds Breen of an unresolved case which haunted him in the previous novel. As before, this is tightly plotted, alternating fast-paced action with a sense of the frustration, even tedium, of criminal investigations. Breen is developing as a character, moving beyond being stereotypically dysfunctional to proving himself a methodical… Read more
Vroom Broom Electric Floor Sweeper by Minky
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and nasty, 13 Sep 2014
This sweeper seemed brilliant at first, it was light and easy to use, but it is a flimsy cheaply put together product that after 5 weeks of relatively light use on wooden and tiled floors ceased to work. The electric engine just whirred and no longer had the power to turn the brushes.
The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon
The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where fancy is bred, 7 Sep 2014
In this sequel to "The Crimson Rooms", we encounter again Evelyn, the determined young woman who flouted convention after the First World War to train as a solicitor in London. Set against the background of the 1926 General Strike, a damp squib of an event which may account for its somewhat wooden treatment here, the book's compelling quality comes from the author's ability to create a sense of period and place and develop the main characters as Evelyn is caught up in a couple of cases which illustrate the abuse of two women at very different levels in society. In particular, we understand Evelyn's changing moods, the poignancy of the continual reminders of the brother killed in the… Read more

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