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Illegal Action: (Liz Carlyle 3)
Illegal Action: (Liz Carlyle 3)
by Stella Rimington
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars rather good, 26 Jan. 2009
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This book is good: it is cool, calm and somewhat detached, like the heroine, Liz Carlyle. The world of british spying portrayed is absorbing because it is authentic. I hope the next one continues in similar unhistrionic, restrained vein


The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery 2)
The Burry Man's Day (Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery 2)
by Catriona McPherson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather spiffing mystery, 17 Jan. 2009
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Witty, clever plot, characters that come to life. Good evocation of the language of the day without jarring on the 21st century reader. Dandy is such a busy body inthe nicest possible way. She manages to exploit the cultural differences of Scots and English with absolutely no agenda.


Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Grave
by Deanna Raybourn
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling, very witty murder mystery: MUST READ, 30 Nov. 2008
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I read the opening, quirky, sentences and was hooked. These brilliantly composed sentences, set the tone for the rest of the book. This murder mystery is fresh, funny, witty, scarey, the plotline is good, the characters are brilliantly constructed. My favourites are Julia's scandalous sister, Portia, and the impeturbable butler, Aquinas and Morag the dour, Scottish "saved" prostitute lady's maid. It is dazzingly well-researched, including the use of contemporary Victorian English language. It is easy to forgive the occasional americanisms. The second one in the series, "Silent in the Sanctuary" is just as wonderful.


Who Runs Britian?....and Who's To Blame for The Economic Mess We're In
Who Runs Britian?....and Who's To Blame for The Economic Mess We're In
by Robert Peston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who thinks they run Britain, 30 Nov. 2008
Ths book does give comprehensive information on the UK financial world but even as an informed "layman", much of the finer detail was too dense to be understood! And it already appears dated.

In view of continuing unravelling of global finance subsequent to this book being published, the long studies of the retailers Stuart Rose and Philip Green, and other erstwhile luminaries of the City, verge on the emollient, using too much tediously self-congratulatory quoting from the subjects, and not enough rigorous analysis by the author.
I am not sure the intention of this was to be such an indictement of early 21st century greed,vanity and disconnection with reality
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Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain
Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain
by Simon Garfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An riveting insight into an under researched time in post- WW2 Britain, 26 Oct. 2008
This book just draws you right into this little known period right after WW2. The writings of all the diarists are so revealing of contemporary attitudes, opinions and the minutiae fo everyday life , in a way that anything written retrospectively can never be. I was absolutely fascinated and absorbed by this book.


The Private Patient (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Mystery)
The Private Patient (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Mystery)
by P.D. James
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars timewarp, 26 Oct. 2008
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In this latest in the Dalgleish she continues to write in a style that was very fashionable in the 80's and hasn't evolved, so now is very dated. The action is very slow. The ambience stuffily middle class. All her characters are such cold fish, I can't feel involved with any of them. There is no warmth or passion to her writing. I feel she is emotionally detached from her characters. They are statues in her carefully described landscapes, like a Claude Lorraine painting.


Something Wicked (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown)
Something Wicked (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown)
by David Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars author with "lazy-itis"?, 25 Oct. 2008
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I think the reasons this book fails are
1/. The motives for the psychopathic villain were just not credible.
2/. Too muddled.
3/. Implausible plot , too much a pastiche of the wilder plot lines of Agatha Christie.
There wasn't enough well -researched historical description, which is what lifts his other books above the run of the mill.
Whole book just felt a bit lazy.


Tefal by Jamie Oliver, Hard Anodized Omelette Pan, 20 cm
Tefal by Jamie Oliver, Hard Anodized Omelette Pan, 20 cm

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quantum leap in pan technology, 25 Oct. 2008
These pans are brilliant. Cook evenly, light weight, easy to clean. Well priced. I am a good cook. I have changed to these after 30 years of all sorts of "good" quality pans. I am about to buy more.


A Hollywood Ending
A Hollywood Ending
by Robyn Sisman
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect light romantic novel, 26 Sept. 2008
This review is from: A Hollywood Ending (Hardcover)
Robyn Sisman is not only a consistently good writer of light romantic novels , but simultaneously manages to find fresh plots and characters.

In this one, Hollywood star and intellectual snob documentary maker come to self knowledge through getting to know and fall in love with each other.

This book is so much more than it's bare bones. The lively writing style is easy to read. The characters are interesting,funny and not predictable. Hollywood and London theatre are well researched.
It is a kindly book with a happy ending: perfect escapism. Great for romantic novel veterans and to encourage the less enthusiastic female reader. Go and try all her others too!


Skagen Gents Slimline Mesh Watch - 233XLSS
Skagen Gents Slimline Mesh Watch - 233XLSS

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strap problem, 12 Sept. 2008
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I have only had this watch a few weeks and one of the chain links in the strap, close to the catch, has sprung out. Not impressed. Would not go for a chain link strap for everyday use again
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