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White Highlands
White Highlands
by John McGhie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel based on historical fact., 14 July 2017
This review is from: White Highlands (Hardcover)
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It is 2008 and Samantha Seymour has the opportunity to travel to Kenya as part of a mission to investigate and take statements from people living
during the troubles in 1952/53. Samantha can also find out something of the life of Johnny Seymour, her grandfather.

She goes to Kenya and meets Grogan Littlejohn, an affable man, working for the Ministry of Information with Johnny in the 50's. Johnny was tired travelling the world as a photographer and who had seen many terrible sights and settled with a quieter job in Kenya. He enjoyed life until asked to record a tragic incident..

Both Grogan and Johnny were involved with Tansy, a fun loving young woman, who also worked as a nurse in a hospital sited in the bush country. As Sam delves into the lives of both local people and those of Johnny and Tansy she find a trail of murder, cover-ups love and betrayal.

A very well written novel. The story moves from the 1950's and the events of that troubled time in Kenya to 2008. The characters are well portrayed and events, whether good or bad, are described in detail. The novel contains scenes of violence and cruelty - the author does not spare the reader.


The White Road
The White Road
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling journey of danger and determination., 29 May 2017
This review is from: The White Road (Hardcover)
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After entering a cave system in North Wales Simon Newman has the footage of his gruesome finds posted on the website 'Journey to the Darkside'. The film goes viral bringing him thousands of followers and much fame.

Eager for more film to put on the website Simon is persuaded to go to film on Mount Everest. Thierry Andre, Simon's business partner manages to raise enough money for Simon's journey.

When arriving at Base Camp at the foot of the mountain, Simon meets other climbers far more experienced than he, but he convinces the team leader that he is fit and able to climb. Simon's knowledge is limited, but he is determined to go with the team to take his photos and to film any of the lost climbers. Yet Simon only finds hazardous conditions, mystery and tragedy.

This is a very well written novel. The author captures the dismal, dark conditions in the damp caves and the cold magnificence of Mount Everest. Each character is well drawn and quite believable. Ms. Lotz displays an excellent thoughtfulness to create an appropriate atmosphere in the situations Simon finds himself.

An excellent read that makes the reader 'grit their teeth' at the perilous experiences of the characters.


Backstabber: The No. 1 bestseller at her shocking, gripping best - this book has a twist and a sting in its tail! (Butlers 6)
Backstabber: The No. 1 bestseller at her shocking, gripping best - this book has a twist and a sting in its tail! (Butlers 6)
by Kimberley Chambers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unpleasant novel without charm or humour., 4 April 2017
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Not an easy book to review. A joint venture between Vinny Butler, an underworld boss and Eddie Mitchell, a respected villain seems to work until some unpleasant 'gifts' begin to arrive.

Queenie Butler, matriarch, is proud of her sons Vinny and Michael. Good looking, well groomed and oozing charm, yet violent and cruel especially Vinny who had outbursts of temper and was totally unstable.

Eddie Mitchell had 'rescued' two children, Harry and Georgie, from their violent father. Both children were cruel and nasty who had no respect for their mother and brother, Brett, who they constantly tormented. However there were people who wanted revenge against the Butler family for murdering a family member and who would go to extreme measures to rid the East End of these violent people.

The novel contains some graphic descriptions of violence and sexual activity. The character have little in the way of pleasantness and the central male family members have no respect for women, girlfriends, siblings or mothers.

Altogether a disturbing read. Strictly adult reading.


The Disciple
The Disciple
by Stephen Lloyd Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, super story., 3 Mar. 2017
This review is from: The Disciple (Paperback)
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Driving along a rain soaked road near the Devil's Kitchen, Snowdonia, Edward Schwinn comes across the wreckage of a car crash. He finds the only survivor, a pregnant woman, whom he rescues and takes to his rather dilapidated home. The woman says she is being pursued by someone and that Edwin and she must leave the area. Later a child is born, a girl, and Edwin finds himself becoming guardian of the infant he names Piper.

The two become fugitives for many years always moving from place to place Piper seems to have a strange power that Edwin does not understand. He only knows that whoever is looking for her is determined to find her and at any cost..

Finally Edwin and Piper reach their goal the island of Didean where they must face a relentless enemy and await a great event..

This is a great novel and demands a reader's attention. The story centres on Edwin and Piper, but is linked by events relating to other important characters - Jolyon, Aiden Urchardan and Pastor Benjamin D. Pope, all of whom have knowledge of the girl Piper and the urge to find her.

A well written piece with excellent descriptions to create a sinister atmosphere leading to a superb climax on the island.


The Dry
The Dry
by Jane Harper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good, honest whodunnit, 19 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The Dry (Hardcover)
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Police Officer Aaron Falk drove through a parched landscape. The sun blazed down, crops were brown and wilted. Falk did not hurry as he was only visiting his hometown to attend a funeral.

He parked his vehicle and slowly walked to the small church. He found a seat and a few people looked in his direction and gave brief smiles, he nodded in reply.

The funeral was of his childhood friend. Luke Hadler and his family. Now all Falk wanted to do was get away after the formalities.

Falk was curious over the deaths and discreetly asked some questions, but few people gave satisfactory answers. He met a new young officer Raco who had been sent to this remote, drought ridden place to look after Police affairs. Raco was not making much progress with the murder and after some persuading Falk agreed to help Raco, for a couple of days, to investigate the deaths although a solution had been suggested which seemed to satisfy the townspeople.

Together the two men began to dig deeper into the lives of the family and those who knew them. Facing a certain amount of hostility facts and dark secrets come to light - even Falk had a secret and earlier lies come to haunt him before the case is closed.

An intriguing, well written novel. The author captures the desolation of a drought ridden countryside and the attitudes of people living in a small community. Falk faces both hostility and friendship as he moves around the town seeking the truth whilst keeping his own secret.

A nice logical plot, well expressed and with a couple of surprising twists to the tale.


Under a Pole Star
Under a Pole Star
by Stef Penney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An overlong novel. Interesting in parts., 8 Dec. 2016
This review is from: Under a Pole Star (Hardcover)
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A young girl Flora accompanies her father on a whaling boat. She sees the killings of whales although her father tries to keep her away from the worst sights and tells her to keep away from the crewmen. However, she does make friends with a young crewman, a secret she keeps from her father. She meets the Eskimo peoples and finds excitement and friendship amongst them.

Inspired by her journeys with her father she studies and becomes a meteorologist and has the desire to go on expeditions to the Arctic as she loves the wildness and beauty of the area.

She achieves her ambition and finds love. Flora marries Freddie , a demanding man who is seriously injured in an accident, but he helps Flora to obtain a boat to return to the Arctic. Flora begins to enjoy encounters with other men. During some expeditions, carried out by her lovers, when surveying for new land murder and tragedy ensues.

This is a lengthy novel and whilst there are excellent descriptions of the Arctic landscape and harsh life of the Inuit there is far to much emphasis on Flora's passionate, romantic sexual experiences.

The life stories of Jakob and her other amours are interesting and give life to the characters.

Less romance and more adventure would have made this novel a better read.


Excel Burgess Long Stem Feeding Hay, 1 kg
Excel Burgess Long Stem Feeding Hay, 1 kg
Price: £6.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality foor for rabbits., 8 Dec. 2016
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The feeding hay appealed to our rabbit. It has a fresh smell and comprises a mixture of grasses. A handful a day with other foods is enough unless a large size rabbit with larger appetite. A 2kg bag will last a long time.

A product, by our own rabbit's responses, should be enjoyed by our furry friends.

Recommended


The Loving Husband: You'd trust him with your life, wouldn't you...?
The Loving Husband: You'd trust him with your life, wouldn't you...?
by Christobel Kent
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Description is good and characters well drawn, 3 Nov. 2016
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On the flat dismal fenlands, Nathan Hall, his wife Fran and their two children, Emme and Ben, live in an old, grimy farmhouse. Fran had given up her job in London when Nathan had insisted they live here in the area he knew - the Fens.

Two or three times a week Nathan would visit the local pub and occasionally he would go away to conferences leaving Fran alone with the children.

One night Fran heard someone enter the bedroom and then get into bed, Nathan home late. In the early hours something woke Fran and she found that Nathan was not in bed. Alarmed she went to look for him - he was not in the house. Cautiously she went outside and as a distant car headlight shone briefly across the yard she saw something - a shoe - at the edge of a ditch. Looking and feeling over the side of the ditch she felt a body Nathan and he was covered in something wet and sticky.

The murder was reported to the Police and two officers arrived, a rather formal D.S. Gerard and his younger colleague D.C. Ed Carswell. Fran becomes the chief suspect, but investigations reveal a series of dark secrets and lies involving her husband, but Fran too had a secret. She had to protect the children even more so when she saw a figure watching the house. Then the gifts and messages on her car began to arrive.

This is a creepy story set in the flat, featureless landscape of the fens. Fran is often alone with the children who dominate her life.

We are taken through all the police interviews, hence many pages of conversation. Also parts of the story are told as flashbacks. Description is good and characters well drawn.

A lengthy story running to 406 pages. It is not a novel to be speedily read so as to absorb the 'feeling' of the story. There is, however, an unexpected twist at its conclusion.


What Remains of Me
What Remains of Me
by A L Gaylin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best crime novels., 27 Sept. 2016
This review is from: What Remains of Me (Paperback)
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The story of Kelly Lund who, at seventeen, was tried and convicted of the killing of John McFadden, a film director, whilst attending a party at his home.

After thirty years in jail Kelly is released and again reasons for the killing and events of that night surface in the media.

Later Sterling Marshall, Kelly's father-in-law, is found dead at his home. Sterling was a noted actor and his death had similarities to that of John McFadden.

Again Kelly is suspected as the killer, but she had some loyal and influential friends who believe she is innocent. The novel examines her life and events contributing to suspicions against her.

This is a did she/didn't she commit the crimes novel. However, after 200 pages the reading became rather boring with much conversation and description of the behaviour of the principal characters and drug taking plus lengthy conversations amongst the police investigators. Running to almost 400 pages the novel would appeal to a reader enjoying close detail of a character's life.


The Ice Beneath Her: The gripping psychological thriller for fans of I LET YOU GO
The Ice Beneath Her: The gripping psychological thriller for fans of I LET YOU GO
by Camilla Grebe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.62

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A killer watching, waiting to strike again., 28 Aug. 2016
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A story of, love, obsession and betrayal and someone is killing for revenge or pleasure. It is the job of two determined detectives, Manfred and Peter to solve the crimes with the help of an ailing female psychological profiler, Hanne.

We have the stories of the lives, with their personal problems and memories, of each character told through their own eyes.

A beheaded woman is found in the luxury home of businessman, Jesper Orre. Jesper has disappeared and he has not made contact with anyone and despite enquiries there is no trace of him.

Reading the notes of a murder that happened some ten years earlier, Hanne notices a similarity to the present murder. She tells her colleagues and together they finally identify the dead woman, but the killer remains elusively unknown. It will be a frustrating hunt, but the killer is amongst them waiting to strike again.

Set during the dark wintry days before Christmas the novel tells of horrific murders and weaves a clever web of mystery and tormented minds. The gloomy atmosphere of winter is well described with scenes of snow, ice and bitterly cold weather.

An interesting story that holds the reader's attention, but should not be rushed in its reading.


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