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The Demon of Dakar (Ann Lindell Mysteries)
The Demon of Dakar (Ann Lindell Mysteries)
by Kjell Eriksson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Determined Demon, 27 May 2015
AA lot of Nordic crime writing is an acquired taste. I would not recommend this book as an introduction to the genre although saying that I am not too sure where to start. I enjoy this sort of writing but you have to know what you're getting yourself in to. Slow paced, all sorts of aside observations about life, family and relationships. No dramatic crimes but interesting police procedural. Although one reviewer said sympathies lay with the Mexicans, in a way they also laid with Slobodan. I entered this series halfway through as I found the book in our secondhand library - I am sure, given time, I would start from the beginning.


Mr Mercedes
Mr Mercedes
Price: £3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Mercedes, 17 May 2015
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I admire Stephen King but have never read any of his books apart from his part autobiography and writing craft book. Chose this one as it won a best thriller award and looked intriguing from the Amazon free sample. And although it begins brilliantly I felt it rather tapered off in the last third of the book. Reading it in reasonable chunks I found you always wanted to return to the writing but the storyline became predictable. It really needed more suspense and twists and turns. Well constructed but lacked punch.
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Good Faith
Good Faith
by Jane Smiley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Greater Good, 17 May 2015
This review is from: Good Faith (Paperback)
My first Jane Smiley and certainly won't be my last. I really enjoyed this novel about greed in Reagan's USA. Smiley's use of dialogue is superb turning the characters into real people in real situations. This is really a family saga as well as a look at how Americans were so easily duped by the get rich schemes that grew out of the corrupt property market. Smiley's writing is extremely accomplished, complex but accessible. She writes a story you want to read until the very end.


The State We're In
The State We're In
Price: £3.61

2.0 out of 5 stars Sad State, 5 May 2015
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Yes like all the others I only read this book because it was free. Had never heard of Adele Parks. At times I thought the book was going to go somewhere. It had the opportunity. But in the end it turned into a bit of a David Nicholls ripoff. Halfway in you knew exactly where the story was going and that was pretty well no where. Far too many coincidences for any editor not to have got the red pencil out, or simply press delete. You really have to produce a better narrative than the one all bloggers tend to use which is to write as you speak or think you should speak or you'd like to speak. Fast and furious and brainless. Two stars for at least holding my attention.


The Orchard on Fire
The Orchard on Fire
by Shena Mackay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Orchard Offering, 5 May 2015
This review is from: The Orchard on Fire (Paperback)
Close to Five Stars for this wonderful novel. Shena Mackay captures the era beautifully. The writing takes you into the fifties, into the Kent countryside and the Copper Kettle tearoom. Into the old schoolhouse, and the fields and the prejudices. Everything seen through a young girl's eyes who of course misunderstands so much. And there's evil lurking around the corners, and disappointments and most important of all, a lost friendship. Never wanted to put this book down after I found it hidden away in a free library. If you feel tempted, bite the apple in the orchard.


The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery Book 7)
The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery Book 7)
Price: £9.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Lingering Lady, 1 May 2015
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Kerr remains firmly on form with his latest Bernie Gunther novel. At first I wondered where he was going with this story but it settles down into an illuminating discovery of what was happening in the Balkans in 1942, allied to the role of Switzerland and the search for peace. Alongside all this is Bernie's love affair with a beautiful actress. Very enjoyable intelligent read. And an intriguing ending. I think fans of Bernie will be pleased with this latest offering. As the series jumps around it is almost time to start from the beginning to ease the confusion of the extraordinary timeline.


Preparation for the Next Life
Preparation for the Next Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Preparation Perdition, 28 April 2015
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This is a real roller-coaster of a book. East meets West both romantically and violently. The author paints such a grim, dark and depressing picture of America, Americans and immigrants and all their problems, especially with those coping with life during and after all those Middle Eastern wars the US appears to have such an appetite for. It's a fast and sometimes confusing book but all the better for it. Tremendous descriptive passages evoking the downtrodden lives of those millions of forgotten Americans and illegals. Fine story telling.


Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries Book 5)
Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries Book 5)
Price: £6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Cooling Chill, 8 April 2015
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I am working my way through this excellent series and this is the first book that has felt a ittle laboured. Probably because the subject matter was not as gripping as the others. And the author was a little too occupied with preaching the difficulties that immigrants face in Iceland. So it was tedious in parts. Indridason has some tremendous back stories running through hsi books especially the one involving his estranged daughter. But she hardly features in this book and that's a pity. But I feel he's setting the scene for her to play a larger role in the forthcoming books. It's a seris to stick with as the writing is excellent.


As Far As You Can Go
As Far As You Can Go
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going to Hell, 8 April 2015
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Another very good psychological thriller from this most accommplished author. A young couple in a rocky relationship go to the outback of Australia to help an oddball couple. An advert answered in a newspaper leads them to this strange set-up and all at once the reader finds himself trying to solve the mysteries that lie behind this unsettled arrangement. It's a claustophobic setting in the vast Australian outback. It feels that the couple are prisoners. Their employer is a threateningly overbearing but suave man. The wife is shutup in a shed. Read it if you dare. You won't be disappointed.


Little Egypt (Salt Modern Fiction)
Little Egypt (Salt Modern Fiction)
Price: £4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Earie Egypt, 30 Mar. 2015
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My first Lesley Glaister novel and certainly not my last. I bought the book because he author, who was a new name to me, was likened to one of my all time favourites - Ruth Rendell. And their writing is quite similar. It's that style of innocence and psychologically unstable characters that leave you rather unsettled during and after a reading session. "Little Egypt" tips its hat to Passage to India and is all the better for it. Great descriptions of Egypt, crazy parents, neglect and lost ambition. And as the reader becomes more aware of the plight of those drawn to and imprisoned in Little Egypt there's the realisation that everyone is condemened by the curse of the pharoes. Very happy I've found Lesley Glaister.


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