Claire Cottrill

Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (286 of 298)
Location: Channel Islands, United Kingdom


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The Ninnies by Paul Magrs
The Ninnies by Paul Magrs
'The Ninnies' centres on 14 year old Alan (who is also the narrator) investigating the creepy disappearance of his father and subsequent mystery of the horrible 'Ninnies'. Although the book is written for younger readers (I'd say 11+ but do be careful with sensitive kids), as a 37 year old established Magrs fan I enjoyed it too! Fellow fans will recognise the northern down-to-earth setting and trademark Magrs characters, mixed into a nice little creepy story with a dramatic climax - and great illustrations. What you won't get of course are the scarier elements found in his adult books, instead I found this had definite shades of Roald Dahl.
Letting the book down slightly were the… Read more
666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scary Thriller!, 24 Jun 2013
This is the scariest Magrs book I've read yet, having arrived here via Brenda & Effie then To The Devil - A Diva!

Starting as a supernatural mystery the book evolves into a fast paced thriller. On the plus side: the writing flows and the story moves and surprises at a good pace. There are a few gory moments which go a bit further then the other books I've read (and personally aren't to my taste) but overall the tone is good old menacing and scary with some genuine edge of seat moments - and a few teasers thrown in for us B&E fans!

On the downside: I wasn't so involved with all the characters, possibly due to the US setting (although don't let that put you off, you'll… Read more
To the Devil - a Diva! by Paul Magrs
To the Devil - a Diva! by Paul Magrs
I wasn't sure about reading this book given the mixed reviews, however I'm a huge fan of the Brenda & Effie series and wanted more so I decided to give it a whirl. There are a few errors in other reviews so I'd like to clarify: the only characters here from 'Brenda & Effie' are Karla, Fox & Magda Soames and Henry Cleavis (briefly and let's say surprisingly!). As to the chronology of the book, well I think this is probably meant to have taken place before Karla's visit to Whitby.
Overall this is an entertaining book. Some good new characters show up who I wouldn't mind hearing more of and the author's writing style doesn't change from the Whitby books. Yes there is some gay sexual… Read more

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