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Dissolution (The Shardlake Series) by C. J. Sansom
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dissolution is an intelligent, literary murder mystery set in England at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. And I loved it. Ok, so it's not fine literature - although it is well written and well researched - but it is a gripping story, with plenty of pace, twists and turns of plot and a range of well drawn and recognisable characters.
A Metropolitan Murder by Lee Jackson
A Metropolitan Murder by Lee Jackson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The cover of this book proudly proclaims that "Victorian London is vividly brought to life...for an atmospheric picture of the period". This is a strange choice to promote the book because it doesn't deliver on that promise at all. The London it presents is rather flat and repetitive, with a very narrow of characters and limited setting, its only really Clare Market that comes to life, and then only for a few pages. But there are good things about this book which the publishers could have chose to focus on instead. It's a decent mystery, with a likeable and intelligent policeman, or peeler, on the trail of a dastardly murderer. The plot unfolds constantly, if perhaps a little too evenly,… Read more
How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evenin&hellip by E.O. Parrott
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a humourous little book, packed full of what are for the most part witty synopsis of some of the greatest works of literature (mostly English literature) ever written, but don't be fooled by the title: the synopsis are so short that you get little flavour of the novels covered. Indeed, I found that the more familiar I was with the novel forming the subject of the synopsis, the more enjoyable the book was whereas those of works I didn't know at all gave very little insight whatsoever. Sadly, then, I have to remain lamentably under-read, the book failing to fulfill it's promise of making me well-read in an evening. It seems there's no alternative but to read the books themselves… Read more

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