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Helen J Beal

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (74 of 88)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 14,746 - Total Helpful Votes: 74 of 88
The Girl with the Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm
The Girl with the Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic and Dastardly, 30 Nov 2013
Gabrielle Kimm is the mistress of plotting - and in addition to this she creates characters that I care so much about and a completely enthralling sense of time and space in historic Italy. Sofia, the heroine of this book, is a gorgeous, multi-layered young woman I rooted for completely - she is naive and strong, sensitive and wise and rides her rollercoaster elegantly. I loved the travelling troupe - their sense of loyalty, ethics and etiquette. The build-up to the crime is mistressfully handled (suspects and alibis abound) - I had hoped for another perpetrator but you will have to read the book yourself to find out who did it and it will be well worth your while.
Playing a Dangerous Game by Gabrielle Kimm
Playing a Dangerous Game by Gabrielle Kimm
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tantalising Tease, 26 Oct 2013
Gabrielle Kimm's writing shines as always in this short story, a reminder of how she conjures up characters and unpeels and neatly ties up clever and complex plots. Be warned, the titular short story may come to an end sooner than you expect because you are in for another treat - the first few chapters of Kimm's new novel The Girl with the Painted Face - just enough to absorb you and left me thinking November 21st (the novel's launch date) can't come round soon enough. Pre-ordered.
The Attic by Sierra Klein
The Attic by Sierra Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Alfred, 26 Oct 2013
An excellently written and fast paced Halloween short story. Spooky, scary and more than a little disturbing. Alfred was my favourite character.

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