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Top Reviewer Ranking: 669 - Total Helpful Votes: 237 of 255
The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling, 1 Sep 2014
Mrs Gareth-Lawless is a very beautiful woman. Widowed at an early age, she has a small child, Robin, for whom she has no affection, and she is without means to pay her rent. Lord Coombe, elegant, unmarried and emotionally cold, pays her rent and protects her unfortunate child from her neglect; the world does not have to look far for a probable reason for this. Six-year-old Robin is awakened to the fact that loving family relationships exist when she encounters a boy of eight in the exclusive gardens of her London square and for two weeks is able to play with him and observe his relationship with his mother. Though he is then taken away, she does not forget and Coombe's protection means that… Read more
The ABC Murders (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
'The A.B.C. Murders- is a Poirot book published in 1936. Colonel Arthur Hastings, Poirot's old friend, is the narrator and describes how Poirot received typewritten letters from someone signing himself (or herself) A.B.C. Each, horrifyingly, gives the date and place of the next murder and the killings seem to be in alphabetical order. Alice Ascher is killed at Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke at his home in Churston. The killer leaves an ABC railway guide at each murder site. But why does A.B.C. write to Poirot? And why does Poirot's address seem to have been deliberately misspelt?
Episodes in the life of Alexander Bonaparte Cust are appended to each chapter… Read more
The King And I: 2-disc [Special Edition] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Deborah Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical., 10 Aug 2014
Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, who went to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut, 'The King and I' is a wonderful film. It shows the clash between old ways and new as the king tries to modernise his country while still retaining his own prejudices and status. The love between Anna and the king is never stated and yet very obvious, though of course it can never come to anything because the king already has a number of wives and many children. Yul Brynner was not first choice for playing the part of the king; Rex Harrison was. Good though Rex Harrison was - thank goodness he wasn't available! It would have been a very different film if he had. Brynner was a… Read more

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