smartesthorse

 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,589
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (272 of 319)
Location: Suffolk uk
Birthday: 22 Nov
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Quirky eccentric female with eclectic tastes and excellent verbal skills

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politics, film, modern novel, history, travel, French language antique jewellery, art
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,589 - Total Helpful Votes: 272 of 319
The Christmas Letters: The Ultimate Collection of &hellip by Simon Hoggart
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I don't send Christmas Round Robins myself and experience teeth gnashing, blind fury when I receive one from smugsters who think I care about their wretched lives. They are always from people you haven't seen for years or even, in some cases, ever, if you cared about them you would know how wonderful their lives are without being told because you would see them from time to time or at least call!

So the world is divided into two camps, those who send and those who receive. If you form part of the unwilling latter I suggest you forward this book, anonymously if you like, to the senders of the most hateful annual diatribes. Maybe they will then try and cease their horrible self… Read more
No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case) by Ruth Rendell
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I opened this with trepidation, would it be a turkey like the dreadful St Zita Society? Would the return of Wexford be as ill advised as his appearnce in The Vault?

The answer is, though this is damning with faint praise, that is is a good deal better than either of these two novels.

Here Wexford is back in Kingsmarkham 'helping' the now elevated Superintendant Burden in a role described as 'Crime Solutions Advisor.' Swallowing that is pretty hard and one can think of many reasons why such a thing would not be allowed but this scenario does have more of a ring of possibility than the previous idea of having good old Reg as an advisor to the Met.

It seems… Read more
The Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey
The Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm an older reader so I am familiar with Josephine Tey and her detective Alan Grant from my youth. Brat Farrar, another of her books is one of the best genuine mystery stories of all time.

This one is a lot different, Grant is laid up in hospital and bored witless. One of his visitors brings him some portraits to look at to pass the time and to feed Grant's interest in faces. He picks up a copy of the painting of Richard 111 still on view in The National Portrait Gallery and he is hooked. He sees a sensitive , thoughtful, gentle face. Can this be the evil man who, amongst numerous horrors, murdered the Princes in The Tower?

Enlisting the support of a young research… Read more