Sissel M. Østdahl

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,013
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (1,302 of 1,446)
Location: Norway
Birthday: 20 Dec
In My Own Words:
I am a PA/Executive Secretary, basically working in office administration and languages.

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I love to read, historical sagas and legal thrillers in particular. Some favourite authors are Nicola Thorne, P.D. James, Anita Burgh, Maeve Binchy, Margareth Yorke, Richard North Patterson, Jeffrey Archer, John Lescroart, Robin Pilcher, Peter Robins… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,013 - Total Helpful Votes: 1302 of 1446
First We Take Manhattan by Colette Caddle
First We Take Manhattan by Colette Caddle
It's not often a book is better in the beginning and middle than towards the end, which happened with this one.

I found the story about the Fields family fascinating. The twins Sheila and Sinead and their successful millinery business. Their smashing brother Max, their father Kieran, a brooding somewhat distant head of the family, and their aunt Birdie who looked after the family over the years but is now sadly suffering from dementia. And there is talented designer Krystie, returned to Ireland from New York after failing to achieve success in The Big Apple and joining Sinead in the hat business.

But a mystery hits the family when Sheila suddenly disappears leaving her… Read more
Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspec&hellip by Peter Robinson
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
... if you have to be at work fresh and ready after a good night's sleep, because you won't sleep if you start reading another Alan Banks novel and love the guy and his mysteries as much as I do.

DCI Alan Banks is a romantic hero. No matter the mysteries he is set to solve, even one as gruesome as this one, there is always this poetic, sentimental, slightly sad attraction surrounding the man. And the music, of course. There is always the music with Banks.

The mystery this time is intricate and raises a lot of questions involving many and different kinds of people. A whole gang, or rather liga, from the top people down to the "footmen", part of whose indelicate… Read more
The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan
The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan
Is there such a thing as a good-natured book? Then this must be it.

It's so well meaning. So honest. So eager to invite us in between its lovely covers. The nicest people, from Irish/American Kathleen visiting her roots, via Lexie & husband Sam and their dream home, to feisty young Amelie. Even taxi drivers with a twinkle in the eye have an uplifting say in this nice and sweet story mainly about three lovely ladies at three different stages in life and the friendship growing between them.

However, I can't imagine it capturing the audience. There are no surprises, no wish to take a peek at the end to see how it all goes... Nice, sweet, predictable and a bit too… Read more

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