Beth Harding

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (13 of 15)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,876,587 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 15
Advocate by Marcello Fois
Advocate by Marcello Fois
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More, 25 May 2005
When a book in translation is shortlisted for a CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award then its a book that deserves a second look. Fois compresses murder, mystery, family pride and burning injustice into a mere 118 pages. The plot is woven in with wonderful description of Sardinia and a central character who is as solid as the rock on which he likes to sit and think.
The Family by Mario Puzo
The Family by Mario Puzo
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
According to the afterword Mario Puzo was fascinated by 15th century Italy. This was his last novel, it was a 'labour of love two decades in the making' which he never quite finished. It's all the more tragic then that this is a novel that some how never quite works.
It's not surprising that the
ghosts of the Corleones stalk these pages since the similarities between the Borgias and the great Mafia dynasties is the most succesful aspect of the book, but sometimes the parallels are not just painfully obvious they are laboured.
If as L. P. Hartley says, "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there," then the task of a good historical novel is to… Read more
Cleaning Up by Gerry O'Brien
Cleaning Up by Gerry O'Brien
It starts and ends with an old lady moving cars parked on the pavement. In between there is a
robbery, a fabulous telepathic diamond, hospital corridors that merge into another dimension, (something I've always suspected was true anyway)
a host of wild and wacky characters,mayhem, murder, saving the world. Not your average fantasy novel or crime thriller. Really original and very funny. I loved it.