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The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne Novels)
The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne Novels)
by Mark Billingham
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 14 Mar. 2011
Another gripping, well-written, Tom Thorne novel from Mark Billingham. The plot is well constructed around a gangland feud that stirs a new review into the shocking case of a schoolgirl who was the victim of an arson attack and took her own life as a result of the horrible disfigurement that she was left with. Including excerpts from the dead girl's diary was a very powerful incision to the main narrative. The crooks on both sides are horrible and yet in an odd way so are the cops - even Tom Thorne is a bit too anti-hero towards the end, and I actually took quite a dislike to him. Nothing is by numbers with Mark Billingham.


The Lady Killer
The Lady Killer
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.38

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Buying, 23 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Lady Killer (Audio CD)
Forget You was probably the feelgood song of 2010 (along with Eliza Doolittle's Pack Up) but until I saw Cee Lo on Jools Holland (and his brilliant Jackie Wilson tribute) I did not really think about listening to more of his music. Now I'm really glad I did as this is a really good album that ranges from some quite bizarre tracks (that grow on you) to some pure soul.


Mayhem
Mayhem
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.93

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on so many levels, 21 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Mayhem (Audio CD)
Mayhem is the name of the album but there is no chaos here, despite the jazz / rockabilly fusion that does not sound a good idea on paper... and yet it works. With such good musicianship (love the jazz trumpet), great songs / vocals and boundless energy, Mayhem has to be a sure fire hit. Perhaps the mayhem is in a concept that can sound so retro and current at the same time. Will appeal to many .


Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Price: £4.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Breeze, 18 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Doo-Wops and Hooligans (Audio CD)
Did not really know if this album would be for me; I like the singles but thought that a whole album could potentially be a bit repetitive in content. I am really pleased to say that my concerns were not realised and that this is a great album with a feelgood summer sound throughout. All the tracks are strong and are marked with a subtle reggae hook that takes you to a place under a palm tree on the beach, and keeps you there.


21
21
Price: £9.99

50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class, 17 Feb. 2011
This review is from: 21 (Audio CD)
Very few singers have a voice that can transform every song they sing into something special but Adele is certainly in that category. Her range on 21 is incredible through conveying every emotive word with feeling and soul to pitching a tempo akin to some of the all time Motown greats. The Brits performance and this album sum Adele up perfectly - the voice is the performance.


Life and Laughing: My Story
Life and Laughing: My Story
by Michael McIntyre
Edition: Hardcover

111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic - good enough to be a movie, 11 Feb. 2011
I have read quite a few (favourite) stand-up biographies but I have to say that this is the best one I have read to date. I actually saw Michael Macintyre live at a small venue before he became famous and it has been great to see such a naturally funny guy prosper ever since. `Life and Laughing' has everything; it is very funny and so well written that you actually get pulled in to the life story rather than just chuckle at interesting anecdotes. The book maps Macintyre's early life with his talented gag-writing father (for Kenny Everett no less) and glamorous mother through the trials and tribulations of a marriage break-up and time split between 2 families with his sister. The awkwardness of adolescence coming from a single sex school is written with just the right level of wit and pathos; ditto MM's pursuit of his future wife, Kitty. MM's Hungarian grandmother is such a strong and amusing character throughout, and you really feel for how MM's relationship with her ends on such a sad note. Finally there is the struggle to make it as a comedian, and believe me MM has to work for his success, putting all else on the line. This is no overnight success story, and that is perhaps why I have even more respect for Michael Macintyre now having read his excellent life story (to date) . Would make a really good film.
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The Last 10 Seconds: (Tina Boyd 5)
The Last 10 Seconds: (Tina Boyd 5)
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.89

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Yet, 12 Jan. 2011
Simon Kernick's books always hook you from the first line to the last and `The Last 10 Seconds' is no exception. I would put it up there as my favourite Kernick book alongside `The Crime Trade'. You get two perspectives as a complex series of crimes is unravelled & from two cops who are both anti-heroes, Tina Boyd and Sean Egan. Neither plays by the rule book, and both have a personal need for revenge. Kernick likes a good anti-hero but for me Undercover Cop Egan was his best yet and I hope he returns in another book. The story is really all about Boyd and Egan, who both admit they are `too alike' by the end, but the central crime plot is also strong - a serial killer's crimes are used to mask a murder that connects the Government, corrupt policeman and murderous underworld gangs. All is revealed at great pace - roll on the next Kernick adaventure.


Far From The Hurting Kind
Far From The Hurting Kind
Price: £10.87

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands The Test Of Time, 31 Dec. 2010
Brought a smile to my face to see this had been re-released and just had to make a nostalgia purchase. Tracie had a good voice that suited the time and the whole Respond ethos that Weller was trying to make mainstream - Respond never did become the new Motown but `Far From The Hurting Kind' stands as a good testament to the label and is still a good album to listen to. Liked the current sleeve note from Tracie and really hope she gains some well deserved acclaim from the re-release all these years later.


Lifeless (Tom Thorne Novels)
Lifeless (Tom Thorne Novels)
by Mark Billingham
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Realism, 29 Dec. 2010
Lifeless is very gritty and bleak thriller that really encapsulates the life of the homeless on the streets of London through the eyes of Tom Thorne going undercover to try and track down a ruthless serial killer targeting the rough sleepers. A military link is quickly established as the main motive, drawing on a very topical subject of the time with the abuse of prisoners by the military. Billingham ensures that well know landmarks serve as a backdrop to the plot and therefore ensures an even great sense of realism for the reader. Central to the plot is Thorne adapting to life on the streets and his friendship with drug addict Spike, and from where he is able to observe and comment on both the homeless community and his police colleagues. Nice little twist in the end.


Endlessly
Endlessly
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.10

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good 2nd Album, 8 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Endlessly (Audio CD)
This album starts very strongly with some really good tracks that have a nice mix of 60's retro with a modern twist. For me it does tail off at the end with some weaker, & duller songs, but Endlessly is a good album in its own right; not as good as Rockferry but then the bar had been set very high.


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