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The Hoobally Choobally Clan: A Story of Friendship, Bravery, Adventure and Toast
The Hoobally Choobally Clan: A Story of Friendship, Bravery, Adventure and Toast
by Paul Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I love this imaginative, quirky book, 1 Feb. 2017
What’s not to love about this imaginative, quirky book? I love the unusual story, the slightly whacky characters, the fantastic message, the style of writing and I love the beautifully detailed illustrations. Told through the eyes of a small child, this is a tale of true friendship, bravery and adventure where the children often have more common sense than their elders.
It’s a first offering from author Paul Brown and, after reading it, I have no doubt that children of all ages will be waiting impatiently for his next. Without any hesitation, I recommend this read and award a glowing five stars.


Blood Hits the Wall (A Fiona Mason Mystery Book 4)
Blood Hits the Wall (A Fiona Mason Mystery Book 4)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite., 26 Jan. 2017
I’ve just finished reading this great book and I can honestly say that I loved every page of it. I’ve read others in this series, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but this is probably my favourite. It may be because I love Berlin and much of the story takes place there, or it may be that the characters were extremely interesting, the story was fast-moving and the background, as usual for this writer, was so well researched. In a nutshell; great story, great characters, fantastic ending. Wonderful book. Definitely a five star rating.


A Simple Case of Murder: Penny Detective 12: Volume 12
A Simple Case of Murder: Penny Detective 12: Volume 12
by John Tallon Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining read from John Tallon Jones, 10 Jan. 2017
Another entertaining read from John Tallon Jones. I confess to being a big fan of the Penny Detective series and I’ve enjoyed this book every bit as much as the others. The quirky characters, the unique style of writing, the sleazy atmosphere of Croxley, somewhere near Liverpool, together with the twists and turns in the story, all blend successfully to lead me out of my everyday surroundings. This series never disappoints; I’m looking forward to the next offering.


Ladies 3 Pair Pringle Louise Argyle Cotton Socks Black / Red / Grey 4-8
Ladies 3 Pair Pringle Louise Argyle Cotton Socks Black / Red / Grey 4-8
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these socks., 14 Nov. 2016
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I love these socks. I like the soft texture, the painless, grafted toe seams, the length of the leg, the classy designs, the reasonable price. What's not to like? I always buy Pringle socks and will be buying more of these, in different colours.


All the Love in the Land, Alice
All the Love in the Land, Alice
Price: £3.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult not to enjoy this story., 10 Nov. 2016
This is an engrossing, true story of a beautiful, gifted young woman, Alice, who lived through the good and not so good times of the early twentieth century in U.S.A. The author is Alice’s granddaughter who has made excellent use of the vast amount of letters and records left by her grandmother as well as carrying out meticulous research to ensure that every detail of the book is accurate.
The book chronicles how Alice started life in humble circumstances in Canada before moving to U.S.A., the land of opportunity. A very strong character, Alice was well-educated and musically gifted, travelling far and wide to follow her singing career. Her marriage to a successful, handsome businessman afforded her a privileged lifestyle, but circumstances changed after his untimely death. Alice had developed extravagant tastes and discovered she was ill-equipped to cope with the responsibility of family and restricted finances without the support of her beloved Jerry. Her life spanned an interesting period, covering the rising prosperity in the early part of the century, leading through to the years of depression and eventually to war in Europe.
“All the Love in the Land, Alice” is a fascinating, well-written book that has much to commend it to the discerning reader. It’s difficult not to enjoy this story.


Hunter Down (Roger and Suzanne mystery series Book 12)
Hunter Down (Roger and Suzanne mystery series Book 12)
Price: £2.58

5.0 out of 5 stars You'll enjoy this book., 5 Nov. 2016
You like dogs? You like detective stories? If the answer is affirmative, then you’ll enjoy this book.
Hunting birds with pointer dogs is a completely new world to me and the detailed information provided by the author on this topic makes for fascinating reading. Training, trials, competitions, clubs involving pointer dogs and their owners all seem to be part of a very wholesome, healthy lifestyle, but, beneath the surface lurks lust, greed, organized crime and murder. When a member of the club is shot dead, Roger and his wife, Suzanne, are soon in pursuit of the murderer. They follow an obscure, complex trail and eventually resolve what initially appeared to be an impossible case. The reader is ably guided towards a satisfying, surprising finale.
“Hunter Down” is the first, but not the last, book I have read by Jerold Last. Although his writing style appears to be relaxed, he actually pays meticulous attention to detail achieving an original storyline with credible characters and situations.
I’m glad I discovered this author and this book. I thoroughly recommend “Hunter Down” as a good read.


The Shoestring Effect: The Penny Detective 4 (The Penny Detective Series)
The Shoestring Effect: The Penny Detective 4 (The Penny Detective Series)
Price: £2.43

5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!, 25 Oct. 2016
What a great read! It’s not possible to read this book slowly; it races along, embracing all the elements a reader requires in a detective story. There’s violence, blood, mystery, glamour, social class and humour plus the main characters, Moggsy and Shoddy, the loveable detectives from the council flats in Croxley, near Liverpool. This author has a remarkable talent for writing in a seemingly effortless style that paints a vivid picture, enabling the reader to actually view the scene as the story unfolds. First class; try it and see for yourself.


The Italian Affair: Penny Detective 2 (The Penny Detective Series)
The Italian Affair: Penny Detective 2 (The Penny Detective Series)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns, 18 Oct. 2016
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed several books in this series, I think The Italian Affair is my favourite so far. Mogsy and his sidekick, Shoddy, are an eccentric couple of detectives living in a sleazy, dysfunctional world of violence and mistrust and yet, they remain totally credible, likeable characters amongst the cast of equally credible misfits and weirdos that John Tallon Jones creates. Against that background his story reveals a group of grifters who ably manage a profitable, complex scam, cleverly demonstrating that intelligence has nothing to do with position in a class-structured society.
This entertaining book keeps the reader guessing with twists at every turn of the page. I loved the ending and had absolutely no idea of where this tale would lead. I have no hesitation in recommending The Italian Affair.


Since You've Been Gone
Since You've Been Gone

5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Classes..., 10 Oct. 2016
A tale of two classes is how I’d best describe this well-written book. The writer draws on her rich knowledge of working class life in the Dover area to demonstrate the warmth, security and affection, as well as the prejudices experienced by Hal, Abigail and their friends as they grew up in that environment. When Hal accepts the opportunity to study in Cambridge, where he will inevitably mix with students from very different backgrounds, that puts the cat amongst the pigeons. The story reveals how the main characters deal with the new challenges they meet and the changes wrought that touch the lives of a surprising number of people.
The book has a good storyline, with a well-researched background and very credible characters. I enjoyed the read immensely and look forward to the possibility of a further publication from Liza Dyer in the not too distant future.


Blood in the Wine (The Fiona Mason Mysteries Book 2)
Blood in the Wine (The Fiona Mason Mysteries Book 2)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reading, 6 Oct. 2016
I’ve just finished reading this book and I’m amazed at how quickly I galloped through the last few chapters. The story begins at the start of a coach tour with a group of seemingly ordinary characters but can such a thing as an ordinary character ever exist? Judith Cranswick ably demonstrates each traveller’s unique personality allowing the reader to build an intimate knowledge of every individual within the group, as the story gently unfolds and gradually becomes compelling reading. Who did what? When? Where? There were so many possibilities but it was impossible to be sure of the outcome.
Throughout, there is carefully researched information on the areas visited by the tour group which also makes for some very interesting reading. If that weren’t enough, the writer also continues the extraordinary relationship emerging between Fiona, the group tour guide and the charming Peter Montgomery-Jones, who became acquainted in “Murder in the Bulb Fields.”
For those who like a good read, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.


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