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Faithful Place: Dublin Murder Squad:  3
Faithful Place: Dublin Murder Squad: 3
by Tana French
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller!, 21 Mar. 2011
Back in 1985, Dublin teenagers Frank Mackey and Rosie Daly plan to runaway together to England. They agree to meet up one winter's evening at the end of the road they live on, Faithful Place. However, Rosie never turns up, and Frank finds a farewell note written by Rosie, and left in an abandoned house on the street. After reading the note, Frank believes she has gone to London by herself, and decides to get on with his own life. Twenty two years later, Rosie's suitcase is discovered in the abandoned house, when it is about to be renovated, and turned into flats.

I found this book an amazing read! The writing is vivid and the characters believable. The flashbacks to the Dublin of the 1980s and the Dublin of the 'boom' years gives a good idea of how much the city of Dublin and its people have changed, yet in Faithful Place, things seem very much the same.

Like, the authors other two novels, there are times in the story that you have to suspend your disbelief, but overall, I found this novel to be a very enjoyable thriller.


Shatter the Bones (Logan McRae, Book 7)
Shatter the Bones (Logan McRae, Book 7)
by Stuart MacBride
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average., 21 Mar. 2011
Mother and daughter singing 'sensations', Alison and Jenny McGregor have been kidnapped from their Aberdeen home. They were due to appear in the final of hit TV show 'Britain's Next Big Star'. A ransom demand has appeared in the newspapers, the web and TV, telling the public to cough up millions, if they want to see Alison and Jenny released.

I thought this book got off to a reasonably good start, but I felt the plot began to meander as the story progressed. The story line and the humour is dark, even for this author. While, the main characters, McCrae, Steel, Rennie etc.,are all interesting and at times funny, I did not think this was one of the author's better books.


The Fort
The Fort
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, once it got going., 10 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Fort (Hardcover)
In the summer of 1779, a British force of seven hundred and fifty men landed at Penobscot Bay, Massachussets, and built a fort there. There purpose there was to prevent privateers attacking British shipping during the American War of Independence. American congress sent an army of ships, marines, soldiers, and militiamen to remove them. This novel is based around the battle and events that took place.

I thought the story got off to quite a slow start, but got more interesting, as the book progressed. As other reviewers have noted, there was no one main character that you could 'hang your hat on'. It was more a mixture of characters form both sides, both real and fictional. I think the story would have worked better if there had been a main character on each side.

The writing is vivid, and the battle scenes are described in great detail, as you would expect from this author. Overall, I quite enjoyed it, as I have an interest in history. If history in not your thing, though, you might want to give this book a miss.


Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not his best., 3 Mar. 2011
In Heartstone, William Shardlake is asked by Queen Catherine Parr to investigate a case involving a young ward, Hugh Curteys, and his landowning guardian, Nicholas Hobbey, who live in Hampshire. While travelling to Hampshire, Shardlake hopes to find out more about the mysterious past of Bedlam inmate, Ellen Fettiplace, who grew up in a nearby area. All this is being done under the shadow of a possible French invasion.

Although the writing is vivid, it took a few hundred pages before this story got going...and when it does, as other reviewers have mentioned, there is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between one place and another. There is a big twist in the story, also, which I found a bit implausable.

Having said all that, the story overall is actually pretty good, with solid enough characters, but I can't help thinking if this was a different author or series, I would be giving this review three stars instead of four.


Trick Of The Dark
Trick Of The Dark
by Val McDermid
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller., 21 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Trick Of The Dark (Hardcover)
Physchiatrist, Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of press clippings about a recent murder. The murder took place on the grounds of Oxford college, which Charlie attended, years before. When Charlie figures out who sent her the package, she decides to investigate the murder, and who was responsible.

This book was an exciting read, pretty much up to the Val McDermid standard. There was always something going on in the story that made me want to read on futher. I thought the characterisation was good, and the whole lesbian aspect did not bother me. A better than average thriller.
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The Tomb of Hercules (Wilde/Chase 2)
The Tomb of Hercules (Wilde/Chase 2)
by Andy McDermott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.97

3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of action!, 15 Feb. 2011
A study of an ancient book, convinces archeologist Nina Wilde, of the location of the tomb of Hercules. As she sets of to try and uncover the tomb, with the help of her partner, Eddie Chase, it quickly becomes apparent that there are others who are also interested in finding the tomb.

This story has a lot of action in it, and is quite similiar to a number of Clive Cussler's books. Comic book type villians, with faceless goons working for them, the good guys getting all the lucky breaks etc, and not much by way of character development. Having said all that, it is not too bad of a story, and due to the amount of action contained within the pages, it kept me fairly interested throughout. Probably only worth a look if you like adventure type stories, though.


The Killing Place: (Rizzoli & Isles series 8)
The Killing Place: (Rizzoli & Isles series 8)
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller., 31 Jan. 2011
While attending a medical conference in Wyoming, Dr. Maura Isles is invited on a skiing trip, by an old friend. When their car takes a wrong turn, in bad weather, the skiing party find themselves stranded, in a remote village called Kingdom Come, which consists of twelve houses. However, there is no sign of any of the inhabitants.

This book grabbed my attention from the start!! The parts of the story set in the small isolated village I found intriguing and very creepy. For me, this was the best part of the book.

Jane Rizzoli comes into the story when the skiing party's burnt out car turns up, with four charred bodies inside. However, Jane is not convinced that Maura Isles was one of the occupants, and starts to to dig deeper, and uncovers sinister goings-on in the area.

I found as the book progressed, while still a good read, was not as nail biting as the first one hundred or do pages, and the ending was a bit of a letdown. Overall, though I found it a very good thriller.


Arctic Drift: Dirk Pitt #20 (The Dirk Pitt Adventures)
Arctic Drift: Dirk Pitt #20 (The Dirk Pitt Adventures)
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure story., 25 Jan. 2011
A ruthless industrialists will stop at nothing in a bid to take a large area of the Arctic under his control, when a rare mineral, Ruthenium, is discovered there, even if it means pushing Canada and the USA towards war.

With regard to Clive Cussler's more recent books, I would say this is one of the better ones. This is suprising as there is probably less action in the first few hundred pages of this one, than any of his other novels. However, I found the plot a bit more realistic than some of his other stories, although you do have to suspend disbelief in parts of this one too!

The back story of the doomed Franklin Expedition of the 1840s really captured my attention, also. I was wondering throughout, how it would be resolved.


Play Dead: (Byrne & Balzano 4)
Play Dead: (Byrne & Balzano 4)
by Richard Montanari
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good thriller., 13 Jan. 2011
Runaway girls are turning up brutally murdered, in various bizarre ways, in the city of Philadelphia. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balazano are on the case, trying to hunt down the sadistic killer.

I thought Play Dead was a pretty good thriller. Having read a number of books in this series, I think the Byrne/Balzano partnership works quite well. The plot held my interest throughout, as the detectives try to track down this particularly nasty killer, before he can strike again. Overall, not quite a page turner, but worth a look.


The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)
The Last Kingdom (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure story., 7 Jan. 2011
The Last Kingdom is set during the Viking invasion of England, in the 9th century. The story's main character, a youngster called Uhtred, loses his land and title, when the Vikings invade the kingdom of Northumbria. As the Vikings go on to invade the other kingdoms that made up England at that time, Uhtred has to use his wits and skills in order to survive and try to regain what he has lost.

I found this novel quite educational, as I did not know much about this period in English history. The writing is quite vivid, and as with the other Bernard Cornwell novels that I have read, the battles and the tactics used in them, are well explained. The story kept my interest pretty much thoughout. This is the first book in a series.


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