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Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,278 - Total Helpful Votes: 480 of 487
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
There are about five different strands to the story of love, intelligence gathering and survival in wartime Spain.

I was spellbound by the strands involving Harry, the reluctant spy, his handlers, and the enigmatic target. I was less engaged when the novel veered off in other directions and often found myself skimming pages that were going over old ground. The ending, though, was a corker and won three stars from me.
Imperium by Robert Harris
Imperium by Robert Harris
Everything you need to know about the rise and rise of Cicero the politician is contained in the Prologue delivered by the narrator: Tiro, Cicero's secretary and slave. Unfortunately, it's an eyewitness account by someone not only subordinate to our hero but also in awe of the Republic's politicians, aristocrats and soldiers. From the prologue, we know how the story ends and that particular spoiler puts a dampener on the very chapters that ought to tease us with cliffhangers before a climax. Worse than that, there are hundreds of characters with long names holding a bewildering array of offices who flit in and out of view. It doesn't help that all the soldiers are big and ruthless, the… Read more
Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid
Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid
I love crime fiction, even though detection and police procedurals are the literary equivalent of a bus driver's holiday for me. It's the characters and story that absorb me and usually I'm not distracted by blips in the investigative process. This is the second book that I have read in the Tony Hill series and the second Tony Hill book that was hard-going,

The attraction of the Tony Hill series has been the 'what ifs'. What if a psychologist worked alongside detectives, as part of a team? What if we could throw away the laws and rules about disclosure, witnesses, suspects and interviews and just give the psychologist his head? What larks that would be and far more… Read more