Mrs. D. L. Powell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (212 of 223)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 109,142 - Total Helpful Votes: 212 of 223
Football Crazy: Soccer as you've never known it. by Terry Ravenscroft
If like me you were raised on non-league football, and do not own / have never owned a Chelsea or Man United shirt, you will enjoy this book. Interestingly it is not just the players and manager who are central to the storyline. We also get to see the fanatic fan who stops at no length to demonstrate his love for his beloved team (shame they had three mismatching colours in their home strip - maybe the family pet would have not been so anstry if it had been a standard one colour), as well as those reporting on the fortunes of the team. With the arrival of Mr. Price we also get to see first hand how much power is wielded by the Chairman of any club. Far too much really.

The… Read more
Arcana by Tim Jarman
Arcana by Tim Jarman
3.0 out of 5 stars an okay read, 25 Feb 2012
I purchased this book as I am a tarot reader, and there is a real shortage of novels which have tarot as the basis of the story. Sadly, the role of the tarot didn't really play much part so any tarot reader out there needs to be prewarned. It really is only secondary to the story.

The characters are interesting enough but I found you didn't really warm to any of them. Fern was perhaps the only one who really elicits any emotion from the reader, and that is usually in the form of a shudder. I would have loved to have seen his personality develop so we could understand his motives for his actions. Sadly, we didn't really ever get to know why.
Otherwise the story ambles along… Read more
This Is The Police by Ex PC  Henduck
This Is The Police by Ex PC Henduck
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars side splitting funny, 17 Feb 2012
This had me near on spluttering into a cup of tea from the first page. Incredibly funny, and times you wince but can't help laughing. The first half of the book follows the fortunes of a newly formed sureveillance squad, and the misfortunes of those who try to manage it. Some of their exploits defy belief, but having been a police woman myself through the 1980's and 1990's I can actually believe some of this could / did happen.

So why only three stars? Well, the author does try to stay in character and write first person speech with what believe is a Geordie accent. It does make for difficult reading at times, and more than once I had to reread the sentence, or say it it… Read more

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