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This Is The Water
This Is The Water
by Yannick Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A decent storyline spoiled by writing style., 20 Sept. 2015
This review is from: This Is The Water (Paperback)
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After a number of attempts to read this novel, sadly all failed, and the reading remained unfinished. It was found to be rather boring and rather oddly written. The constant use of the opening phrase of almost every sentence 'This is you,,,' 'This is Chris'....'This is Paul....' became irritating and spoiled what could have been a readable story.

The main character seemed to just observe other people and give them words which they could have spoken.

Her own life was mainly watching her daughters' swimming, marking their times and admiring her friend's husband, Paul. This developing into an affair. Her own husband, Thomas, did not give her much physical attention, worked until late evening and read pieces to her from the newspaper. We have the author describing the assumed thoughts and actions of the murderer who enjoyed killing young girls. The end of the story is a surprise.

Anyone interested in swimming techniques, time trials and the suitability of swimwear to assist speed and movement may enjoy the story.

A basically sound story spoiled by its writing composition.


PEDIGREE Dog Food Adult Chicken and Vegetables, 900 g, Pack of 5
PEDIGREE Dog Food Adult Chicken and Vegetables, 900 g, Pack of 5

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tasty, nutritious food by a well know manufacturer., 6 Aug. 2015
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This product, VITAL PROTECTION, was tried out on our own dog. The food is in bite sized pieces which are firm and crunchy. No digestive problems were noted and the food was readily eaten. Motions were firm. There was certainly no decrease in energy or coat and skin problems.

This product would help to keep teeth clean and in good order. However, two things noted were an increased water intake and somewhat smelly flatulence, but no sickness or other problems.

This is a food type for adult dogs which seems to appeal.


The Weight of Blood
The Weight of Blood
by Laura McHugh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Henbane, - a tow of hidden secrets and simmering violence., 6 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)
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A young girl, Cheri, disappears and a year later is found brutally murdered. Her friend, Lucy, feels that had she protected Cheri from the taunts of her being 'strange' the girl would still be alive. Filled with a sense of sadness and guilt Lucy sets out to discover the murderer. She starts work in a store in Henbane run by the Dane family. Crete Dane is kind and befriends her, his brother Carl Dane is quiet and somewhat reserved. Although the local people are distant she eventually makes friends with those with whom she works.

Lucy's father works away from town and she is left alone. Her own mother disappeared from Henbane and there were rumours she was a witch. Lucy listens and begins to wonder why her mother vanished and other girls 'went away' for no reason.

Eventually she learns the history of the Dane family and stories of superstition that are rife in the community. Somewhere in these tales is the truth about her mother and the disappearances. As she discovers evidence her own life is in danger. She is attacked leaving her injured and only Ransome, an odd character, who used herbs and made potions to heal wounds is there to help her.

A story of a small town where people keep knowledge to themselves, treat strangers warily and ignore the known violence. We have stories of the women and men involved to whom Lucy talks. Each character has their own chapters, which the reader has to recall when the author begins to
relate another character's story.

Overall a good mystery novel with some fairly graphic descriptions of violence, sexual behaviour and the murder.


The Bones of You
The Bones of You
by Debbie Howells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great murder mystery story ., 3 July 2015
This review is from: The Bones of You (Hardcover)
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A small village is shocked when a young girl Rosie, goes missing and is later found brutally murdered.

Jo and Neal Anderson, Rosie's parents, are grief stricken. Kate, a local gardener, befriends Jo and tries to help her through this difficult time. At first Jo appreciates her help, but then changes, sometimes over friendly and behaving as though nothing had happened and other times hostile and turning to alcohol and pills. In most people's eyes the Anderson family had everything - Jo always beautifully dressed, a lovely house and cars.

Kate believes the police investigation is taking too long and begins to watch and listen to find a clue to the murderer. The a boy, Alex, is arrested, but later released through lack of evidence.

Kate begins to put together the snippets of information she collects. Her husband, Angus, advises her to take care or she may well become a victim too,.

This is a beautifully written story told through the eyes of the victim, Rosie, and Kate. The village is not given a name.

The ending is surprising but the author has not 'over written' the conclusion. It raises the questions about the Andersons perfect lifestyle and family life and what secrets do they have. Was Rosie the innocent child or did she have her secrets?

A very readable novel.


Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Offered by ScreamingCd UK
Price: £10.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good listen although it rests a little uneasily in the ..., 5 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Broadchurch (Audio CD)
This is a rather melancholy compilation of the original music from the TV series Broadchurch. It portrays the sadness and anxiety in the search for the murderer of Danny, a young boy. It is a good listen although it rests a little uneasily in the mind. Well produced and the use of unusual instruments gives a surreal effect.


Young Houdini: The Demon Curse
Young Houdini: The Demon Curse
by Simon Nicholson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem, curses and murder haunt New Orleans., 5 Jun. 2015
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A young Houdini finds himself locked in a box. Using his skills of escape he releases the catches on the box and steps into a railway compartment. Hearing voices he finds his friends Billie and Arthur also locked in suitcases and frees them.

The three find a strange letter suggesting a first investigation for them and signed by an unknown society, The Order of the White Crow.

Finally the train arrive in New Orleans. A city suddenly struck by an unknown disease. The mayor, a popular man, is struck down and the blame the 'Islanders' a group living on Fisherman's Point. Oscar Dupont is leading a violent campaign against the Islanders and Billie, who knows the group of fisherfolk takes Harry and Arthur to meet them. They all become friends and the trio observe the Islanders harmless rituals.It seems there is a plot to remove the Islanders from Fisherman's Point. Harry, Billie and Arthur are determined this should not happen and start to investigate who is behind the plot. Also the cause of the strange disease, believed by the townspeople, to be caused by witchcraft and a curse.

Their investigation leads the three into danger and Harry's skills come into play, but the curse puts their lives at risk.

This is a fictitious story based on the few facts of harry Houdini's early life.

It is a well written tale with a clever plotline. Classed as a children's book it should appeal to young people from the age of 10 years.


I'm Travelling Alone (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger 1)
I'm Travelling Alone (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger 1)
by Samuel Bjork
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A child killer on the loose. Why kill children - for revenge or pleasure?, 26 April 2015
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Mia Kruger, a brilliant former police officer had shut herself away on a tiny island enjoying the peace and quiet. Yet still grieving over the death of her sister Sigrid, she is planning to take her own life.

Holger Munch, a police detective and former colleague of Mia, is working on a horrific crime of a young girl found hanging from a tree. He is baffled and searching for clues as to the murderer, but finding nothing significant. Munch decides to contact Mia as she had a brilliant mind when faced with problem cases.

At first Mia refuses to help and it takes Munch some effort to get Mia to agree. As he explains the details of the crime he noted, by Mia's expression, that she was already analysing the facts and this meant, no doubt, that she would help. To his pleasure she agreed.

Together munch and Mia faced a difficult task. They engage the expertise of a young computer expert, Gabriel, to assist with the technicalities of the internet. More murders and a taunting, clever killer who hides his or her identity challenges them. The task facing them would take their combined skills and unknown danger before they can solve the case.

The story is set in Norway. It is a well written novel and clues are carefully revealed. The characters are well drawn.

It is an attention holding novel and the subplot of a strange church cult adds even more to the story.

An excellent thrilling read.


Broadchurch - Series 2 [DVD]
Broadchurch - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant follow-on series to Broadchurch 1., 25 April 2015
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This review is from: Broadchurch - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This item was received on time and well packaged.

The extras of deleted scenes and interviews with the star of the series are on a separate disc and a joy to watch. Needless to say the series is outstanding and as is known has been well received in many parts of the world. I am sure that anyone buying this cd set who did not watch the series on TV will be impressed by both the storyline and excellent quality of acting.


North of Boston
North of Boston
by Elisabeth Elo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An oddly confusing novel., 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: North of Boston (Paperback)
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In a thick fog a freighter collides with a lobster boat, Molly Jones. The captain Ned is killed and the only passenger, Pirio Kasperov finds herself in the icy cold waters of the ocean. She is found by the Coast guard hours later, a surprise survivor as few live in such low temperatures.

Pirio returns home and see her godson Noah and his mother, Thomasina, a close friend. Thomasina is addicted to both alcohol and drugs, but is trying to break her habits to be a good mother.

The navy are interested to know how Pirio was able to survive the extreme conditions. She agrees to undergo tests, but leaves suddenly after a call from Noah. The boy is clever and understanding and as he trusts Pirio always turns to her for help.

When Pirio has seen that Noah is safe she begins her own investigation into the loss of the Molly Jones and the death of Ned. She comes up against a wall of silence.

Pirio meets Mrs. Smith, a former employee of Ocean Catch a large fishing organisation. Mrs Smith gives as much information as she can remember. Ned had also worked for the Company, but suddenly left and unusually was given the Molly Jones as a gift.

After many dead end enquiries Pirio meets Parnell who now becomes involved in the investigation. He arranges for her to get aboard the Sea Wolf, a vessel that goes on long voyages to undisclosed destinations. However, when Pirio goes to join the ship she finds herself taken on board the galaxy a more luxurious vessel with a group of very wealthy men on board.

They set sail and Pirio now finds she is trapped on board with an unpleasant ex. boyfriend, Johnny, as part of the crew. Slowly she discovers the true purposes of the voyages. But how can she pass the information to Parnell as already she has been threatened and her phone, laptop and ipad confiscated. She must escape, but who can she turn to for help?

This novel seems unsure of what it is - a mystery, an eco-message or revelations of the devious actions of big business. Both Pirio and Thomasina are wealthy women. Pirio is future heiress to a perfume company. This is another strand added to the story.

There are far too many characters brought into the story. Too much time is spent on the lives and actions of Thomasina and Noah. Pirio's escapes are too easy and the ending is sudden and brief. There is no particular likeable character, not even Pirio.

An overlong and not outstanding novel. Descriptions of the northern wilderness and ocean are the most interesting parts.


Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful guide to the production business., 26 Feb. 2015
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The book gives guidance on how to avoid the pitfalls of making products that no-one wants. Advises on how not to pour money into an idea that subsequently fails. If working with a team one should consult, listen and consider any viable ideas. The volume also advises on using available data to assess your own product against others. Emphasises the importance of product presentation and interviewing prospective customers to assess their needs by listening, not putting forward your own ideas. Finally employing the right people, testing the design and packaging of your product. Also taking into consideration the service you can offer.

The book uses illustrations rather than lengthy text. Owners of the book can use the online tools. Helpful to people/companies setting out on the production trail.

Illustrations are colourful, simple and 'box' points easy to follow.


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