Brian R. Martin

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Vax Air Silence Pet Eco Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner by Vax
3.0 out of 5 stars Vax Air Silence+Pet, 27 Aug 2014
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A have a large Dyson upright that is very heavy and a bit clumsy to haul upstairs. I requested this cylinder Vax because it is lighter and I wanted, among other things, to see whether it was more maneuverable. I have tested it on carpets only (no suitable hard floors).

The good points are: it has very strong suction for such a low powered machine (only 800W); it is much quieter than vacuum cleaners I have experienced before; the automatic cable reeling is excellent, although the cable could be longer (6m); and it has an impressive telescopic chrome extension tube, albeit rather heavy, which contains a slider to adjust the suction.

Unfortunately these are outweighed by… Read more
Affairs of State (Eurocrime) by Dominique Manotti
Affairs of State (Eurocrime) by Dominique Manotti
To appreciate this thriller you have to understand the political situation in France in the 1980s. The socialists, out of power for decades, finally returned by winning the 1981 elections, with Mitterand as President. Now, in 1985, they are preparing to defend their position in elections scheduled for early 1986. French politics at this time was an even dirtier business than usual, where senior politicians and party members had dubious links with underworld characters and corrupt policemen.

One of the former is François Bornand, a businessman and longtime friend of, and advisor to, Mitterand. He has a shady past as a collaborator during the war, but is now in charge of a special… Read more
Borkmann's Point (The Van Veeteren Series) by Håkan Nesser
This is one of a series of books about Inspector Van Veeteren by the hugely successful Swedish author Hakan Nesser, who has sold over 5 million books in the series, according to the blurb inside the cover. If this volume is typical of others in the series, I fail to understand their success.

It's a variation of a police procedural, but where the solution to the crimes is found more by inspired hunches than deduction, rather in the style of Inspector Morse. The plot revolves around the brutal murders of three men, all killed by a vicious blow with an axe. This is left at the scene of the third murder, suggesting that it is the final one that will be committed. Van Veeteren has… Read more