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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read from start to finish
Miss Hewitt's case book is a quality read from start to finish. Well written with beautiful descriptions of the time and place where each crime is solved by lady detective Miss Hewitt. Would make an ideal television piece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories interesting, but too many errors to make it enjoyable
The author says she's been a professional writer since 1981, but I can only assume that, having written the first draft of these stories she turned the casebook over to someone else to edit and proof-read, and didn't look at it again. Punctuation is so poor that many sentences read very badly ('Unsound mind thought Miss Hewitt and obsessive'; the use of the apostrophe is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read from start to finish, 27 Sep 2012
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Miss Hewitt's case book is a quality read from start to finish. Well written with beautiful descriptions of the time and place where each crime is solved by lady detective Miss Hewitt. Would make an ideal television piece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories interesting, but too many errors to make it enjoyable, 6 July 2014
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Annie W "bookworm" (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The author says she's been a professional writer since 1981, but I can only assume that, having written the first draft of these stories she turned the casebook over to someone else to edit and proof-read, and didn't look at it again. Punctuation is so poor that many sentences read very badly ('Unsound mind thought Miss Hewitt and obsessive'; the use of the apostrophe is slapdash and frequently misplaced ('the servant's hall'; 'a senior officers' wife) ; commas and quotation marks often appear apparently at random ('a well, dressed but pale looking lady'); words are omitted ('Did she stay the mission'; 'ran a racy over Clarke'); final letters of words are missing ('Shine you light'; 'I read you piece about me'); capital letters are strewn randomly throughout the text ('Minerva Motor Car' yet 'new year's eve'; 'His majesty's prisons'; Beethoven's moonlight sonata'). I note, however, that in her biographical note Ms Stephenson says she 'worked initially .... for girl's papers', so perhaps some of the lapses are her own.

Having tried and failed to turn a blind eye to the punctuation, it was exasperating to find not only that the author was unable to identify when 'me' rather than 'I' should be used; that she was twice 'confidant' when she should have been 'confident'; that she wished to have someone guilty of 'polygamy' when it (dis)honestly was only 'bigamy'; that her buildings had either a single 'story' or several 'stories', rather than the English 'storey' and 'storeys'; that the plural of 'maid' is 'maid's'; and to see both 'tuppance' and 'tuppence' within lines of each other. I think Ms Stephenson will also find that the phrase is 'joie de vivre'.

The stories themselves were interesting, but none of the characters, including the main protagonists, had any personality, being simply stereotypes, and every butler was 'snobbish'. The story 'The Children's Home', was disappointing in the apparent lack of emotion felt by any of the characters attempting to right the wrongs, and to have Miss Hewitt proclaim 'We shall get to the bottom of this' when investigating the sexual abuse of young boys was, if considered at all, an extremely tasteless use of a cliché.

This collection of cases would be much improved by a thorough revision and re-issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a delightful book of stories, 22 Jun 2014
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It was a real pleasure to read this book,. A fiesty female main character not conforming to the time she is born into. I would call it a "Feel good" book, very light reading, pickup and put down if you can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful short stories, 17 Jun 2014
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Excellent read. Great short stories that are well written and easy to read.
I enjoyed them and will probably purchase more
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book it's good, 27 May 2014
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An easy fast paced read,although one or two of the anthology felt a little rushed.BUT overall a good book I'd say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read, 16 April 2014
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One of the short stories features the Isle of Man where I live which is why I chose this book. A pleasant read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Try, 29 Mar 2014
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This was a budget buy and was not bad value for money. It proved a pleasant read but somehow didn't quite fill me up. That said, I wonder if the characters and narrative might develop further and I will probably try another volume in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light read, 6 Nov 2013
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Enjoyable light read but formulaic and rather reminiscent of other better examples of the type. I wouldn't read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A top hole read, 21 Sep 2013
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An interesting and absorbing read.It has been written with a period feel- not snobbish but with the attitudes MIss Hewitt would have held in the 1910's.Enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars England's answer to Phryne Fisher, 14 Aug 2013
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A truly emancipated and liberated lady who with her manservant solves crimes, always before Inspector Mangle ofScotland Yard can. She treats him with the same contempt that Sherlock Holmes does Inspector Lestrade. The stories are fun and yet trulyenjoyable as mysteries, giving the reader all the clues to the perpetrator of the crimes she takes on. Not shy of looking at the bodies but without subjecting us to gory details. Can't wait for more in the series.
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