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The Shakespeare Curse: Number 2 in series (Kate Stanley)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2010
I read The Shakespeare Secret with reasonable tolerance, but the silliness of this one stopped me halfway through. Believe me, knowing Shakespeare is no help at all: I taught him for 30 years, and this book isn't worth his weakest line.

BH
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on 7 October 2012
More holes in the plot than a lump of swiss cheese and full of grammatical errors but I found this book OK to read. It didn't offend me and it held my interest reasonably well. I agree with the other review, which described it as light holiday reading - nothing more
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2010
Probably the silliest book I've read in a long time. The author has basically taken a host of popular topics - deadly deeds in a castle, the occult, secret codes, heroine and action man love interest etc - and completely failed to string them togther in any sort of readable story. I have got half way through and still have no idea what the book is about, as the plot is so vague, the characters are unbelievable and the whole story is just a melange of disconnected scraps of Da Vinci code type novels. Don't buy it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2010
I bought this book as part of a 3 for 2 package from Waterstones. The premise looked interesting, and I was looking forward to reading it-I was very disappointed. The story lacked cohesion. The characters were very one dimensional, and they certainly did not create any empathy. The Americanisation of the novel also spoilt it for me, as it was a novel mainly set in Scotland-a few pages given over to New York and London.There were a lot of grammatical errors which just annoy me, I expect perfection in a novel as far as this aspect is concerned. The best part of the novel for me was the epilogue, where the author JL Carrell seemed more at ease with herself,and wrote a clear exposition of what the background to the novel was.
I read the reviews on the inside cover,and wondered if they and I had been reading the same book,because they did not seem to marry up.Not a book I would recommend to anyone, and certainly one I will not be reading again. This copy will soon be gracing the shelves of my local Oxfam shop
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2010
Possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. Fortunately I did not buy it - it was in a pile I was given.

Appalling characterisation. An incredibly weak storyline.

Really terrible
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2011
Having read this author's previous book and found it quite enjoyable this was a let down. I was intrigued by the Macbeth element of the story but everything else from poorly drawn characters, confusing plot development and at times hard to follow writing style made this hard going. I limped to the end but by that time I'd lost any interest in what happened. Perhaps the next one will be better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2010
I bought this because I enjoyed the earlier thriller in the same vein. The formula was very similar so perhaps that meant I didn't enjoy it as much. I liked the references to Macbeth myths and history most. The characters were not really credible and the story was outrageously over the top. This is a pleasant beach or lazy weekend read if you want something with a vaguely historical link.
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on 13 February 2015
No problems at all. I received just what I expected
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2010
Oh dear oh dear-the curse of the Scottish play stikes again. A fantastic idea for a story that is ruined by the author seemingly losing their way by trying to include too many ideas and links to the famous text. I lost interest in the book and it was a real stuggle to finish it. Very disappointing
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
I was unsure about this book after reading the reviews but it is actually worth reading. It took me a while to get into it but I am really glad I persevered. Maybe you need to know the story of Macbeth really well to appreciate the twists and turns in the plot.
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