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The School Inspector Calls!: A Little Village School Novel
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2014
This is the third in the light series concerning the village of Barton-in-the-Dale centering around the little village school. The school merger is in the planning stages with meetings and dignitaries galore. There are marriages in the offing and will a new housing estate be built?
This is a light book which is easy to read. It is an ideal book if you want to put it down quite often as the thread is easy to keep track of. The characters have distinct personalities but they are slightly setereotypical - a grumpy caretaker, a gossipy owner of the post office.....characters which have been frequently seen before in books of this type. There aren't really any big surprises in this book making it quite comforting to read. However, there are no real challenges either.
My biggest gripe with this book was the constant explanations of previous events. Each time a character or event occurred for the first time we were treated to a synopsis of their involvement and significance in the previous books of the series. I found that this interrupted the flow of the story and found it quite patronising. Why not have a few pages at the beginning of the book summarising the previous two books which the reader can choose to read or not as they wish? This would serve as a refresher for those who wanted it without interrupting the flow of the story.
I do wonder where the author is going with this series. There were quite a few similar events to the previous books which if repeated again would be too much. Perhaps a significant influx of new characters when the 2 schools merger will stop the series going stale.
This was a light, mildly amusing book which flowed well and was easy to read. It is ideal for a quick comforting read but didn't present any surprises or challenges.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
She is going to love this stocking stuffer. I bought this on the strength of the TV interview with the author. Great shipping and packing from Amazon as usual.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
I enjoyed following the next instalment of the series. I do hope there are going to be more, because I am itching to find out what happens next. I certainly recognised the children. I would recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This author has a way of putting over things that have happened in the form of an amusing story. I get Phinn's books as soon as they are published. It is difficult to put it down until you have finished it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2013
Characters spring to life throughout the novel which make the novel a superb read for relaxation purposes. It also has short chunky paragraphs which facilitate picking up and putting down read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
Having worked as a teacher for 30 years, Phinns words made me laugh and cry. They reminded me of the best things about children,
this I am very grateful for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
Oh dear. Am I the only person writing a review who found the inconsistencies and mistakes in this book irritating? It started with a conversation between a supposed ten year old and the head mistress. I had to go back and check it was a child talking...she could have been a middle aged woman! We go on to a meeting scheduled for a Thursday afternoon...that happens on a Friday when one of the characters was supposed to be on a training course. I have struggled to read on with any credibility just to get to the shop keeper whose conversation is sprinkled with clumsy malapropisms who then uses the word 'vicissitudes' correctly.
Either Phinn has lost interest in his characters, or this is very badly edited.
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on 27 March 2014
Gervase Phinn knows his subject and characters well. His novels are predictably enjoyable, it is very easy to feel that you live in the village and the people living there are your neighbours. His books are written with genuine affection for all within. Not for Mr. Phinn the shocking tales of murder and cruelty that would seem to be the norm with most novels these days, I never have to worry when turning a page that something dreadful is about to happen to some poor child, instead gentle stories of everyday people their successes and failures all treated with a real spark of reality and humour. I smiled quietly and laughed out loud and felt sad to finish the book and leave all these people till another day. As you will now realise, I am a huge fan, although Scottish living in Scotland, love Yorkshire and especially the Dales, so can place myself in his locacations as I open one of his books and have read them all. So if you are, as I am, tired of hearing and reading of all the awful things that happen in this increasingly troubled world we live in and long for gentler ways, any Gervase Phinn book should give you hours of pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
Well written story, of village school life, I enjoy this lovely easy read , the characters are great, the writer makes you feel par to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2013
A colourful inviting cover, tempting an immediate read.
Will be requesting a loan after Christmas - roll on the new year
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