Mr. T. Young

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (156 of 167)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 21,996 - Total Helpful Votes: 156 of 167
The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) by Phil Rickman
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Hay, 13 Jan 2014
Set in the border town of Hay on Wye, this novel is a perfect example of how to blend fact in with fiction to produce a totally engrossing novel.
Deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins gets involved, thanks to her old friend DI Frannie Bliss, in a situation which has its roots in mainly factual past events, including a largely forgotten vision of the Virgin Mary, strange goings on around the castle, neo Nazi occultism and, of course as we're in Hay, bookshops and booksellers.
Mr Rickman has the courage to do something different with each book, so the series shows no sign of becoming stale or formulaic. This time he omits some of the regular characters, to leave Merrily alone and… Read more
The Carrier (Culver Valley Crime) by Sophie Hannah
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better and better, 20 Aug 2013
I've read and enjoyed all Sophie Hannah's Zailer and Waterhouse novels so I was somewhat concerned on reading all the negative reviews of the latest one. could she really have lost her touch, run out of ideas?
I'm glad that I ignored the nay-sayers and bought the book anyway, I loved it, I think that Ms Hannah just keeps on getting better. The way the relationship between Charlie and Simon is progressing is a joy to read and I find all the characters - both the regulars and the new ones in this story - are all well drawn, even if they aren't all particularly likeable.
I'm surprised that so many people failed to 'get' this novel, it's different - but it's an excellent read.
Mean Spirit by Phil  Rickman
Mean Spirit by Phil Rickman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spirited tale!, 19 Feb 2013
Seffi Callard has it all, she's young, wealthy, beautiful - and also a talented, genuine medium, whose services are very much in demand by the rich and famous.
But something has frightened her, so badly that she is refusing to do any more seances and is hiding away in the gatehouse of her father's mansion.
When she asks her old school mentor, Marcus, now the owner of a paranormal magazine, for help, he and his friends do their best, but they have their own problems to contend with - from bent cops and career criminals to a stage hypnotist out for revenge.
It all comes to a head at a festival of mind and spirit, where the magazine has a stall.
The story mixes earthly and… Read more