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Maigret Sets a Trap (Penguin Modern Classics)
Maigret Sets a Trap (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Georges Simenon
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Crime fiction, 3 Aug. 2007
This revisits the time when policemen were essentially humane and perhaps saddened, but not wounded, by having to deal with the worst of humanity. It's quite cosy to read a crime novel where the surveillance officers set themselves up in cafes that happen to serve decent wine or beer & always make sure thay have a proper french lunch hour. Although written in the 1950's the writing is clear & without slang so doesn't seem dated - butcrime solving without DNA forensics gives a very different picture of detection.


Appleby House
Appleby House
by Sylvia Smith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bed sit life isn't fun, 3 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Appleby House (Paperback)
Sylvia Smith writes her odinary tale of ordinary bedsit life & in doing so invokes all the dreadful housemates I've ever had or my friends have had. Yes, nothing happens; yes, it's petty details will drive you mad; yes, some of the characters are eccentric &/or unlikeable - but that's what bed sit life is like.


Sabrina Fludde
Sabrina Fludde
by Pauline Fisk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blend of fantasy and modern., 1 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Sabrina Fludde (Paperback)
A child drifting downstream comes to rest in Pengwen (a loosely disguised Shrewsbury). As she evolves a life for herself, she gradually discovers the ancient legend that has shaped her existence and tracks it down to its roots at the heart of the river. A fascinating blend of myth, modern life and the sense that destiny is sometimes shaped by bigger forces than we can know. Whether it's a tactful read in the wettest summer for years is another question....


Blessed Are The Cheesemakers
Blessed Are The Cheesemakers
by Sarah-Kate Lynch
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale for adults, 1 Aug. 2007
Coolarney farm is home to two old cheesemakers, one with second sight. Together, they live a happy life, sheltering a succession of pregnant vegetarian single mothers who milk the cows to the accompaniment of the sound of music. When one day the curds taste wrong, they know that they must find a new cheese maker as one of them will die soon. Set alongside this a classic chic lit love story, and the ingredients are all there for a perfect summer read.


The Murders of Richard III
The Murders of Richard III
by Elizabeth Peters
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A set piece murder mystery with a humorous slant., 1 Aug. 2007
A no-nonsense handbag swinging american librarian attends a weekend houseparty made up of Ricardians - people who are dedicated to proving that Richard the third was innocent. The attendees enact roles of members of the dead king's court with varying degrees of appropriateness. As they begin to become victims of humiliating and dangerous attacks, the search to find out who is responsible becomes a race for time before tragedy can ensue.
This is similar in style to the Amelia Peabody stories, but I preferred it, largely because of the charcterisation.


Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir
Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir
by Margaret Forster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family history is not always easy to discover, either emotionally or factually., 15 July 2007
Margaret Forster never does really find out what the hidden secrets of her family were, but she does write a fascinating account of the lives of the women of her family. Driven by the urge to rise above their situations, despite the endless drudgery of housework and child-care, they are also frightening limited by their own womanhood. This book could be the chronicle of the women of any one of many working-class families. The author's research into historical background of her ancestors enriches the first part of the book and then she raises interesting question about the differing viewpoints that colour our reminiscences.


All He Ever Wanted
All He Ever Wanted
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An anti-hero's passion, 2 July 2007
This review is from: All He Ever Wanted (Paperback)
This is a fascinating book, based around the obsessive love of a man for a woman. This love is built on fantasy; it is fuelled by the restrictions of the society in which the two main characters live, & it is ultimately doomed because it is not rooted in reality. Even though the main characters are unlikeable - the anti hero is pedantic and pompous & the woman he adores uses his passion to her own ends, they are described in such detail that the reader is fascinated by the gradual drawing towards doom of the relationship. I was left wondering how many other lives were ruined by the need to fit in with the social mores of the time.


Sea Glass
Sea Glass
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Striking and thoughtful, 27 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Sea Glass (Paperback)
If you only read one Anita Shreve book, make it this one - and then you'll make time to read many more!
Beautiful descriptions and characterisations draw the reader into the lives of the characters. Shreve is especially good at describing her unlikeable characters as sympathetically as the likeable, so that their situations become fascinating and it is impossible to put the book down. The melancholy beauty of the setting and the nostalgic of the period all add to the enjoyment.


Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody)
Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody)
by Elizabeth Peters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parasols at the ready, 26 Jun. 2007
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Amelia Peabody has returned to London for the winter, only to be caught up in a sensational murder case reported by the victorian equivalent of tabloid journalists. Along the way, she is lumbered with her estranged brother's foul children, so there is a sub plot involving Ramses as well as the usual mad priest, mysterious death threats, evil criminals etc etc. London's seemier side provides a spooky background, but for me it doesn't quite hit the heights of the egyptian stories.


Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait
Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait
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Price: £8.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Mezzo, 12 Jun. 2007
Cecelia Bartoli has a wonderful rich mezzo voice and performs this repertoire with seemingly effortless phrasing. It has a gorgeous sound and is an ideal introduction to Italian arias, or listening material for singers. Her use of ornamentation is always tasteful and the cantabile tone smooth and clear. A real favourite.


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