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H. Mcintosh "hidihi" (Worcestershire, UK)

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Poirot and Me
Poirot and Me
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure, 27 April 2014
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This review is from: Poirot and Me (Kindle Edition)
Beautifully written and very readable, this book is a self-indulgent pleasure to read, and gives a good insight into the making of the Poirot series.


Baby Secrets: How to Know Your Baby's Needs
Baby Secrets: How to Know Your Baby's Needs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tips, 19 Aug. 2013
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Very useful tips, even if you don't follow everything to the letter. Practical, sound advice for people looking after new babies.


Shared Services: A Manager's Journey
Shared Services: A Manager's Journey
by Daniel C. Melchior
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Superman to the rescue!, 23 Jan. 2009
While this started off as an interesting discussion of how to set up Shared Services, it is increasingly becoming a bit tedious. The main manager, "Dennis", appears to be perfect in every way, sweeping in like superman to solve any problems or issues. Oh, and he's a great family man too. Please, its beginning to make me feel a little ill!


Brunswick Gardens (A Victorian murder mystery)
Brunswick Gardens (A Victorian murder mystery)
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough period detail, 9 Sept. 2001
Although this was a good detective story with twists and turns which kept me guessing until the end (nearly), there was not enough period detail for this to be called a "Victorian Murder Mystery". It could have been set at any point in time, apart from the obvious lack of DNA testing etc, and there was little that made it especially Victorian. It seemed like this may have been a gimmick, rather than helping the story. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book, I just felt cheated with regards to the Victorian element.


One To One (Constable crime)
One To One (Constable crime)
by Judith Jones
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, disturbing, thrilling, but..., 20 Aug. 2001
This book is gripping, disturbing and thrilling...until the ending when it falls flat a bit. There is lots of detail about the investigation when it is going in the wrong direction, but at the end, when the murderer is discovered and caught, the book just dies. The fact that the narrative is interspersed with Melissa's emails to her friend means that the reader suspects the culprit a lot earlier than the police, but it still needs a stronger ending in my opinion.
This is the first of Judith Jones' books that I have read, and I am still tempted to read some others, but I was left unsatisfied.


Jeux D'Enfants (Children's Games)
Jeux D'Enfants (Children's Games)
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Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to put you in a good mood, 13 April 2001
As well as the famous Nutcracker Suite, this CD has a number of other lesser known "Children's Games", which are bound to put you in a good mood. By the end of the CD you will find yourself swaying to the Waltz of the Flowers and marching along with Bizet. With artists like Sir Neville Mariner the quality of music is high as well. Wonderful for a rainy day, and for both children and adults.


English Music
English Music
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Paperback

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How many English artists/authors can you cram into a book?, 22 Jan. 2001
This review is from: English Music (Paperback)
This book is tedious. The dream sequences are somewhat pointless, and Ackroyd seems to be trying to win a competition to see how many English artists/authors/composers he can cram into a short space of time. I have no sympathy with the main character or with his father, who both drift aimlessly through life and never actually achieve anything (maybe that's the whole point and I'm just missing it completely...). Far too descriptive and meaningless if you know nothing about the so-called famous people the author is talking about.


Salamander
Salamander
by J. Robert Janes
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary events and weird ending, 14 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Salamander (Paperback)
This book was very silly and pretty poor quality. It was full of really bizarre events which were clearly only a plot device and didn't really make sense. Suddenly one of the main character was apparently naked, and there was no explanation for why he was naked, as it seemed a bit pointless and there was no reason for him to be naked. The book continued in similar vein throughout. I am not tempted to read any of the other books from this serious, despite the rather weird ending which was clearly leading into the next case. But it did not make me want to read on, as by this stage I was just bored...


From a Past Life
From a Past Life
by Penny Faith
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative but in the wrong category, 11 Jan. 2001
This review is from: From a Past Life (Paperback)
The front cover of this book describes it as "a modern ghost story". I disagree. This is not a ghost story, it is about a woman coming to terms with a previous existence which continues to dominate her present life.
The book is wonderfully evocative and descriptive and the twist at the end is cruel, but necessary in order for Rachel to learn to love and care for her baby son.
It is slightly disturbing in places. While I started off sceptical about spiritualism and suchlike, I finished the book half-believing that such stories could be possible. This is thanks to the way the author is able to totally immerse the reader in the parallel events of the story.
I have never read anything else that I could compare this to - it is quite unique.


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