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Walk On By: DI Ted Darling Book 7
Walk On By: DI Ted Darling Book 7
Price: £2.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 21 April 2017
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This is one of the best series of crime novels I've read in recent times. Interesting, believable characters; plausible plots; and incredibly fluent, readable writing. LM Krier deserves to win a crime fiction prize for this latest novel.

Though I'm hoping nothing happens to Trev in the next book, given the dark hints in this one!


The Warrior Complex (Tom James: Agent Delta Book 1)
The Warrior Complex (Tom James: Agent Delta Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, spoiled by basic grammatical errors, 31 Dec. 2015
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A great plot and superb narrative, let down only by persistent grammar errors: adding apostrophes into plurals. Something that comes at the end of a book is called an "epilogue" not a prologue! When a book is as good as this, it's a shame to find it's not been properly edited.


The Fall of Night
The Fall of Night
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Laminated women, 15 April 2014
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This is, without doubt, the worst fiction book I've ever read. The plot has some value but is frequently detracted from by the author's apparent obsession with rape (which is mentioned countless times whether relevant to the plot or not).

But the grammar and general accuracy is appalling. Tortured sentence structures, many typos, and far more incorrect usage of words than one would ever expect in a published novel. I was particularly amused to read of the 'Arabic men' escorted from the city "to the laminations of their women." Lamentations, perhaps? Rather than smothering them in plastic?!

The premise of the novel and the plot both have real promise. It was just the execution of it that was so disappointing, and I won't be reading another of this author's novels.


12V RED LED CAR MOVING MESSAGE SCROLLING DISPLAY SIGN REMOTE CONTROL UK SELLER
12V RED LED CAR MOVING MESSAGE SCROLLING DISPLAY SIGN REMOTE CONTROL UK SELLER

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, though tricky to program, 24 July 2013
The unit, cables and mounting accessories are excellent. The instructions leave rather a lot to be desired however, and the fact the remote control only works from behind the unit makes programming more fiddly than it needs to be.

Also, if anyone who has purchased knows how to access the extra characters listed on a table in the instructions, please let me know as I'm out of ideas!


Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century
Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Feb. 2013
An excellent, insightful and sympathetic portrait of Britten, free from much of the sensationalism of previous biographies. Completely and utterly fascinating.


The Finkler Question
The Finkler Question
Price: £6.47

51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I just wasn't clever enough, 25 Oct. 2010
I'm an avid reader and not unintelligent. Reading the reviews of others, perhaps there was something about this book that I missed. But, for me, this was without doubt the most tedious publication I have ever read. No sense of direction, characters caught up to such an extent in the author's own naval-gazing that they fail to stand out from the page as three-dimensional, believable human beings.

Worse still, I'm not really sure that it even achieved much in the way of a philosophical look at Jewish life.
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