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Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries Book 5)
Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries Book 5)
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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)
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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.


The Girl With A Clock For A Heart
The Girl With A Clock For A Heart
by Peter Swanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Heartless Attempt, 30 Mar. 2015
This is one of those books which rests solely on its very good plot line but really fails to develop it into a smart and intriguing thriller. It reeks of the excellent Harlen Coben but fails to deliver in the style of that esteemed thriller writer. Hard to say why. There's the gripping flashback style which works really well. A lot of twists and turns.And I thought, not a bad ending. I think one of the problems is that the author is trying to get through the story too quickly. There's not enough background so it is hard to take the relationships seriously enough. This is important as George is meant to be lovestruck still after some 20 years. He does things which no normal person would do. And the author is constantly having to explain Geroge's actions. It's the sort of beach/airplane book that you do want to keep coming back to but in the end it's a bit of a dissapointment. Needs more developing.


Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux Book 19)
Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux Book 19)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Creole, 25 Mar. 2015
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You've got to go with the flow with JLB. Just let his writing flow over you. Enjoy his rants. Love the untamed violence of Clete and the agony of an alcoholic which is Dave. If you've read the previous 18 JLB books then you know what to expect. If you've had enough then find a new writer. But out there there are few as good, as lyrical and as absorbing as JLB. You are on that journey with Dave and Clete and who knows when it will end. Enjoy when you can. The greats like Elmore Leonard are gone. Keep writing Mr Burke. By the way ggreat news that Clete's daughter has joined the gang. Looking forward to number 20.


A Fine and Private Place: A Sandro Cellini Novel (Sandro Cellini series Book 2)
A Fine and Private Place: A Sandro Cellini Novel (Sandro Cellini series Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fulsome Fine, 9 Mar. 2015
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Another fine offering from this very accomplished novelist. I like the way she's now developing the backstory of the protagonist detective and his wife plus the introduction of his unreliable assistant. I thought the murder/accident mystery was well told. And the various disgruntled artists were an ugly and likely bunch of villains. I also enjoy the atmosphere a Kent is able to create right from the off. I would only say in criticism that the secondary plot was rather summarily dealt with.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neat Narrow, 4 Mar. 2015
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This has to be one of my top ten reads of all time. Thought the writing was wonderfully sensitive, and both the love story and the horror of war sequences were beautifully told. The stories were so well intertwined creating tension and intrigue. The author keeps you guessing about the fate of the characters and really involves the reader in the lives of all involved. There are great stories within stories. Some reviewers say it's full of cliches, but this is a love story and a war story and an aftermath of war story and lost love, so to some it may be cliche ridden but so is life. And this is a true depiction of life. I also thought it provided an interesting insight into the Japanese and japanese life and values. It's only one of probably one or two books that actually made me shed a tear.


Guilt: Alex Delaware 28
Guilt: Alex Delaware 28
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gleefully Guilt(y), 24 Feb. 2015
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Another fine read by virtue of the excellent dialogue. Mr Kellerman really has a refined ear. Sturgis and Delaware are unbeatable. And the excellent and moody back stories are always relevant. But I felt that although this is a very smart and intriguing story Mr Kellerman loses the thread a little. **SPOILER ALERT** Perhaps the movie star couple could have entered the tale a little earlier. More explanation could have been given for the movie star's motives. I see where he's coming from, babies, family life, abortion. But you have to concentrate on that to appreciate the story. Sometimes you spend more time on trying to solve the mystery than on understanding the deeper issues the author is trying to present. Looking at it that way then this is a fine thriller.


First Lady
First Lady
by Michael Dobbs
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flacid First, 24 Feb. 2015
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Although enjoyable this book lacked teeth. Dobbs is famous, of course, for House of Cards and the ruthless protagonist. But here the First Lady lacks that killer instinct. She's resilient, tough and towards the end uncompromising but one felt that such a character needed a little more brio. Dobbs is tremendous with his Westminster insights. He's great with dialogue and story telling and this is an enjoyable read. Picked it up in a local giveaway shop a long time after its publication;so perhaps it's a bit dated.


I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pilgrim, 16 Feb. 2015
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I can see how this book can split an audience. If you're looking for a read that is inteliigent and challenging then this not really the novel for you. But if you want smart and exciting then turn to Pilgrim. It is well written, covering all angles and extremely detailed. Very much like an early Freddie Forsyth if you can remember that far back. Believable protagonist and I thought pretty believable set of circumstances. It's a big novel, full of ideas and back stories. I always wanted to return to it. It's a beach or pool book. Makes you think a bit. Well worth your time.


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