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The Murder Stone: 4 (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery)
The Murder Stone: 4 (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A family fighting shadows, 21 Jun. 2017
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This was a difficult story. I am not at ease with dysfunctional families so had to handle that, but the mystery of the statue falling off the stone was not given a satisfactory solution. Fortunately the sharp eyed Armand Gamache saw an unrecognised detail. All the tensions and suspicions became resolved.


The Nature of the Beast (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 11)
The Nature of the Beast (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 11)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling the force of evil, 5 May 2017
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A great story. In the quiet village in the hills behind Quebec there are rumours about firing long distant missiles, and a local boy has suffered an accident, or was it murder. The village contains great characters with their own experiences. Chief Inspector Gamache has retired among them.
Behind the investigation there are hints about the power of evil and its infection. The pace is steady but the story is strong.


The Confession Of Brother Haluin (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 15)
The Confession Of Brother Haluin (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 15)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The human heart brings many pains., 25 April 2016
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This is really two stories. The sins of Brother Haluin have to be confessed and hard penance undertaken but then another part of his life unfolds with its drama. Matters of the heart are the issues in each part with unexpected discoveries at each stage. The writing is clear and a pleasure to read. Cadfael does not fail in uncovering the loves and pains that bring about suffering and joy.


The Sanctuary Sparrow (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 7)
The Sanctuary Sparrow (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 7)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disorder at a wedding, 24 Nov. 2015
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This is a gentle, domestic story; A young man who had been entertaining wedding guests is accused of murder when a fracas breaks out, but there is none of the rough activities of powerful men who are jealous of their properties. One of the attractions of the book is the manner of the writing. There can be a picture of rural tranquility in the valleys around Shrewsbury or of young lovers who want to have time together. The story carries its own tensions and the unfolding of the truth about the murder gradually emerges. Brother Cadfael is a constant presence giving wisdom and providing his medicinal concoctions. An enjoyable read..


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2.0 out of 5 stars A mat of the wrong size., 30 Oct. 2015
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This was recommended to accompany a simple exercise mat for a pedal exercise, . but the mat was 30cm wide and feet of the machine were wider;. The mat has therefore been unusable for the purpose intended.


In The Presence Of The Enemy: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 8
In The Presence Of The Enemy: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silent search for a kidnapper., 17 Oct. 2015
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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? That is the story of this book. The irresistible force is the editor or a high circulation newspaper who about eight years ago fathered a child in a short relationship. The immovable object is the child's mother who is now a junior minister in the government and has a stable marriage. She will.not allow any publicity when the girl is kidnapped. She refuses to tell the police. The father is under pressure from an unknown source to print on the front page of the newspaper the fact that he is the father. This would undermine the high moral stance that his newspaper has always had.

The tension is high and unrelenting. It is well written as the story proceeds. Inspector Lynley does get drawn in and Sergeant Havers is given reponsibility for pursuing one arm of the enquiry into Wiltshire.. It is a good book.


Monk's Hood (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 3)
Monk's Hood (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A murderous heart loses control, 29 July 2015
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This is an enjoyable story. At the Abbey Church in Shrewsbury a visitor is given a lavish meal, but is poisoned. The poison contains herbs (such as monks hood) that are used by Cadfael among his healing ointments and medicines though he had no part in preparing the meal. The characters of the monks and other people associated with the abbey are well brought out, and the search for the poisoner spreads into the countryside around and across into Wales. There is plenty of action but the basic pace is controlled by the ordered life of the monks and their daily services. There are no other deaths but the peaceful security has been deeply disturbed.


Missing Joseph: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 6
Missing Joseph: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 6
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3.0 out of 5 stars With no 'father figure' things fall apart., 8 July 2015
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I was disappointed. I enjoy the partnership of Lynley and Havers, disparate characters but intelligent detectives.but in Missing Joseph there was no clear crime, just a surprising death. There was not much action, but a lot of reflection and much attention on the sexual emotions pf teenage girls. Lynley was on hand in Cumbria, brought in St. James and Deborah; Havers was sent to Cornwall with a flimsy base for enquiries.

Frequently in a crime story there are at the beginning several separate narratives but eventually we learn how they are connected. Certainly this happened but the different strands did not easily weave together into a satisfying pattern. Some details did not fit in easily.


Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series Book 2)
Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark shadows fall across every path, 23 Jun. 2015
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This is a gripping story - or three stories - from the later years of Henry VIII. What is the chemistry of the black liquid, Dark Fire, that has been shipped across the English Channel that can ignite with a ferocious blaze and how would the King use it if he knew of it? Who are the lawyers using money from the closed monasteries for their own benefit? Did the young girl who is now in the Tower push her cousin, sole family heir, down the well in their own garden?
Lawyer Matthew Shardlake is caught up in each story and answerable to Thomas Cromwell. There is tension and urgency at every point. It is London in a hot summer. The streets are a haze of dust, the Thames smells, water supplies are low. Those who are suspected of experimenting with Dark Fire use axes and clubs against any who get near them.
This is not a story for those with weak stomachs. The conditions for prisoners in the Tower are deep squalor; the suspicions and fears that pollute the dealings of lawyers taint every word, the fear of the Kings's wrath is a constant dark shadow. It is strong stuff, but a great read!


For The Sake Of Elena: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 5
For The Sake Of Elena: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars A killing on a misty morning., 8 Jun. 2015
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Those who are familiar with Cambridge will feel at home when they read about the Engineering Labs near Coe Fen and Garrett Hostel Bridge with the fictitious St. Stephen's College nearby But who killed the student runner in the dank early morning is a mystery. There are a few possibilities but as each is explored the number and the motives get wider. They all have different connections with Elena but none could have wished he dead - or have effected the way she had been killed. The life of each person is real in its own setting and to read of them is interesting in itself. This is a long and enjoyable read with a credible, but not happy, conclusion.


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