A Common Reader

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 39
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (8,523 of 9,199)
Location: Sussex, England
In My Own Words:
I review books so I remember them. Otherwise so many of them vanish like the morning mist. Books are as important to me as my mandolin - and that's saying something


Top Reviewer Ranking: 39 - Total Helpful Votes: 8523 of 9199
#1 Deluxe Solar Garden Security Flood Spotlight - &hellip by FireBlaze(TM) LED Sola&hellip
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a very clever little light which is ideal for use in a poorly lit area outside the house. The light gives a warm glow at soon as darkness falls and then when anyone comes near it, it immediately turns up to a bright light providing good illumination for the surrounding area.

I have installed mine in the porch and it so much better than my existing porch light because I don't have to remember to turn it on from inside. This means that if I come home at night I can easily find where to put the key in the door. Also if I am at home, I can see through the glass panel in my door who is outside without having to startle them by turning on my mains-powered light… Read more
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
There are no spoilers in this review.

After reading a few "so-so" books I found myself wanting to bury myself in some really good writing and recover that feeling of being swept along by a novel, resenting the time I have to spend away from it. I have always enjoyed reading Sarah Waters before (Fingersmith, The Little Stranger etc) for her complex plotting and rich charaterisation and so when The Paying Guests came out I decided to try a sample chapter on the Kindle. Within a few minutes or reading I had made the purchase of the full novel and can only say that this is a terrific read, deeply absorbing and rich in atmosphere and insights into the human condition.

As… Read more
Fall From Grace: David Raker Novel #5 (David Raker&hellip by Tim Weaver
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tim Weaver's private detective David Raker has been around for a while now and his investigations get better with each book. In Fall From Grace, he is asked to investigate the disappearance of a retired policeman, Leonard Franks, who went out to get some logs for his fireplace and was never seen again. Leonard's daughte is herself a police-woman but has become frustrated at the lack of progress in the investigation into her father's disappearance, and contacts Raker to see if he can help out.

Raker is an incredibly thorough investigator and Time Weaver gets it quite right by showing the amount of careful analysis of evidence that is required in solving a case like this. Raker… Read more