N. Pemberton

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (19 of 28)
Location: Portsmouth UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 277,535 - Total Helpful Votes: 19 of 28
To the Devil a Daughter (Wordsworth Mystery & Supe&hellip by Dennis Wheatley
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok(ish) Romp, 16 Feb 2014
Typical Dennis Wheatley satanism story, lots of details of satanic rituals, heroic good guys, evil satanists. Nice Riviera & Essex locations too. My problem with Wheatley's writing is that it always feels slightly padded out, there's an awful lot of dialogue with characters describing what they're going to do & what they've done & what's going on, lots of telling, not showing. There are some good set-pieces such as what the villain has hidden in a crypt & an exciting climax too, but it'll be a little while before I pick up another book by this author.
Incidentally, my wife was reading another famous Dennis Wheatley satanism book, The Devil Rides Out, having loved the movie version, &… Read more
Mystery Mile (Campion Mystery) by Margery Allingham
Mystery Mile (Campion Mystery) by Margery Allingham
My 2nd Margery Allingham after Crime at Black Dudley, also Ms Allingham's 1st & 2nd in the Albert Campion mysteries.
I enjoyed this book though these early Campion mysteries are pretty lightweight compared to her slightly later output, still very readable though.
In this book we are introduced to Campion's factotum, Lugg, combined servant, assistant, nurse-maid & all-round expert in the ways of the underworld, I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in future books.
The basic premise of this book is that Campion is helping an American judge, Crowdy Lobbett, to hide out from the dangerous Simister gang many of whose members have been sent to jail by Judge Lobbett back in… Read more
Cul-De-Sac by John William Wainwright
Cul-De-Sac by John William Wainwright
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Picked up this book in a charity shop, knew author's name vaguely through a friend who was a fan. Emblazoned on the back cover was a long rhapsodic quote from Georges Simenon, one of my favourite psychological crime novelists, creator of Maigret. Instantly I was intrigued.

The book starts in the form of a diary of John Duxbury, a successful small-business man in a northern town, who has decided to dedicate this diary to his grown-up son in order to explain certain things about John's long, unhappy marriage. Events take a tragic turn & latter parts of the novel involves an investigation by a highly individualistic, remorseless policeman.

Full of ambiguity, this book… Read more

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