Robert Jones

Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (68 of 109)
Location: South Wales


Top Reviewer Ranking: 729,370 - Total Helpful Votes: 68 of 109
As The Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series &hellip by Damien Boyd
This police procedural is based on a rock climbing event. I have never understood the appeal of climbing, nor will I, but some people will relate to it. The strong geographical setting in Bristol and Avon helps, but the main protagonist did not grab me. Not quite enough internal tension or "back story". OK for a journey on a train or plane, but it is not comparable with, say, vintage Martin Cruz Smith - or Peter Temple.

Needs a sharper edge
Ithaca in My Mind: Allen & Unwin shorts by Peter Temple
The short story seemed to be in decline, but Peter Temple shows it can still work. Great development of characterisation of the ageing author, his vanity, resentments and his relatiionship with his trophy wife. Like all good short stories there is a terrific kick at the end (think of O'Henry) but I won't spoil it for you
The Heresy of Dr Dee (THE JOHN DEE PAPERS) by Phil Rickman
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I read the Sansom "Matthew Shardlake" series with moderate pleasure. The idea of putting the fabled John Dee, magus, scientist, philosopher and (possibly) fraud into a mystery intrigued me, so I bought it.

The start was promising - John Dee caught in an akward situation between Cecil and Walsingham and their rival Dudley,- reputedly Queen Elizabeth's lover - and is forced to leave London for the Welsh Marches. There is the possibility of acquiring from there a powerful "scrying stone" (think crystal ball) which will be his key to the mysteries of the "Hidden" - i.e the interface between the divine and the human

So far, so good.

Then it all turns down with… Read more

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