M. D. Smart

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,378
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (3,050 of 4,100)
Location: London, UK
In My Own Words:
Favourite authors: Hilary Mantel, Beryl Bainbridge, Jonathan Coe, Barbara Vine, Helen Dunmore, Ian Rankin, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, E.F. Benson

Favourite music: Madonna, The Smiths, Ash, Saint Etienne, U2, New Order, The Killers, Girls Aloud, Manic Street Preachers, Abba, Pet Shop Boys, Timbaland, The Auteurs, Keane, The Saturdays

Favourite films: Star Wars films, Disney animat… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,378 - Total Helpful Votes: 3050 of 4100
The Monogram Murders (Hercule Poirot Mystery 1) by Sophie Hannah
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There seems to be quite a market for continuations of much-loved authors' works; it's possible to read new stories about everyone from James Bond to Elizabeth and Darcy these days. You can understand the publishers' eagerness - an already existing fan base, hungry to hear more about their favourite characters.

Personally, although I have been tempted to try a few, I think they usually turn out to be a disappointment. The main problem is that a writer's style is a very unique and personal thing and consequently nigh-impossible to recreate. Therefore I approached 'The Monogram Murders' with fairly low expectations, despite having enjoyed several of Sophie Hannah's other crime… Read more
Spider Catcher by Brainstorm
Spider Catcher by Brainstorm
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I'm terrified of spiders - literally terrified, even typing the word makes me shudder. So I live in constant fear from September to the year end, when the real monsters mount their annual invasion of our homes. However, being an Eco-friendly, animal-loving type, I don't want to hurt the poor mites, I just want them to LEAVE ME ALONE. So this device sounded absolutely ideal for me.

Unfortunately, the theory was brilliant but the practice appalling. Firstly, although these tools are described as having a 'long reach', true arachnophobes will find they have to get MUCH closer than they want to...I don't call two feet a 'long reach', I want to be at least five times that far away… Read more
Tassimo Oreo Hot Chocolate pack of 1 (8 servings) by Tassimo
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this, but as other reviewers have remarked it's very sweet and you only get half a standard mug's worth of drink - I top it up with hot milk, this makes it a little less sweet and you still get the Oreo taste (not as strong, obviously). However the price here seems rather extreme; it's far cheaper in your local supermarket.