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The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles
The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, irreverent and hugely entertaining, 14 Aug. 2017
Imagine Dr Watson feeling a tad frustrated and peeved as his smart-Alec, know-all friend, Sherlock Holmes, swoops in to solve another baffling case with consummate ease. All this after Watson’s done all the mind-numbing donkey work.

This is the basis for an irreverent comedic romp at the expense of crime literature’s most famous double act. Watson, determined to show his friend he can solve baffling cases, gives a slightly offbeat version of events that’s a delight to read. Better still, I loved Watson’s feisty and amorous wife, Mary, who showed a flair for kicking ass and putting the men in their places.

Inventive, irreverent and hugely entertaining, the Watson Letters will leave you laughing, and occasionally gasping in disbelief as the detective duo trample over convention and good taste to solve some of the most baffling (and curious) cases imaginable. Even an appearance by Hannibal Lecter seems perfectly in keeping as modern characters and events are thrown into the Victorian melting pot of Holmes and Watson.

Once I tuned into the humour and went with the flow, I thoroughly enjoyed the stories, which got better as I progressed, reaching an epic climax in the Silence of the Lambtons.

I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good and irreverent laugh.


The Woman In Blue: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
The Woman In Blue: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
by Elly Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and entertaining story, 25 July 2017
The gentle pace of this murder mystery allows the reader time to get to know the main characters and the beautiful and atmospheric Walsingham, while the mystery unfolds. In this case, it’s the murder of a woman in a graveyard before a religious Easter gathering. Inspector Nelson, who has problems of his own, is then drawn into another case involving abusive letters sent to a woman priest who knows Dr Ruth Galloway.

Is there a connection? Ruth Galloway believes there might be and makes enquiries of her own.

I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of a skilfully crafted story, laced with humour and social comment. Walsingham and its religious history are beautifully described and evoked, adding additional depth to the story.

An enjoyable and entertaining story.


A Glimpse of Death (David Mallin Detective series Book 7)
A Glimpse of Death (David Mallin Detective series Book 7)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of David Mallin, 25 Jun. 2017
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George Coe, a former detective with an injured leg struggles to solve a drugs theft when it appears he’s given the main suspect an alibi. Then things get worse as he’s drawn into a murder.

While George may be a cynical private eye with a code of honour, I found him difficult to like or empathise with. Some of his actions and encounters, with an aging gangster, for instance, seemed a little far-fetched and there seemed to be far too much talking.

While I persevered with the story, it didn’t grip me as it should have and I can’t help feeling that Coe could have been more likable and believable as his motives and principles were honourable. More pace and less discussion would also lift the story.

As this book was subtitled a David Mallin thriller, why did he make only a brief appearance?


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Jun. 2017
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The Darkest Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist
The Darkest Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 15 Jun. 2017
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Melanie’s daughter, Beth, is left for dead on the Lincolnshire marshes. What was she doing out there at night when she should have been at her best friend’s house? Who delivered the blow that left her for dead? Why doesn’t anyone seem to know anything about the events of that night? Why aren’t the police doing more to find her attacker?

While Beth lays trapped in a coma in hospital, Melanie needs to find answers to these questions and uncover the truth about what happened in the marshes.

Filled with raw emotion, as you would expect, this is a harrowing story of lies and deceit, gradually peeled back until the truth emerges. The author vividly describes the acute pain and soul searching of the parents as they grapple to come to terms with what happened. But Melanie need to uncover the truth, drives her to make her own enquiries.

While I empathised with Melanie’s pain, at times she seemed too self-obsessed, which made me lose sympathy with her and left me feeling the novel was a little longer than needed. I can’t say any more without spoiling what is an emotional powerhouse of a story, with deftly handled twists and turns.

A difficult subject to read, but expertly handled. Well worth reading.


Echoes from Afar
Echoes from Afar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and masterful, 26 May 2017
This review is from: Echoes from Afar (Kindle Edition)
Can love endure? Can it survive the onslaught of war, lies and secrets?

Those are the questions facing Belle and Henri as their young love, ignited in Paris, is tested by the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.

From the sublime descriptions of 1930s Paris to the heart breaking horrors of war, this is an elegantly written story, brought to life with memorable characters that sweep you along on an emotional ride filled with twists, surprises, and love that transcends tragedy.

Echoes From Afar is an epic tale, told with a confidence and mastery that engaged and surprised me from the first page to the last. Highly recommended.


Death of a Dancer (Beldon Magna Mysteries Book 3)
Death of a Dancer (Beldon Magna Mysteries Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plot over characters, 8 May 2017
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It took me a while to get into this story for a couple of reasons - I found the premise of a theatre being hidden behind a warehouse during the 1960s unrealistic, and I struggled to keep up with and differentiate between the sheer number of characters/suspects.

That said, the story grew on me as it unfolded and in the end I enjoyed it, even though I thought certain aspects of the plot were hard to believe. I also felt the detective, Robert Calderwood, was a little nondescript, perhaps because the author was more interested in developing the plot than the main characters.


The Hostile Game: Book Three in The Hostile series
The Hostile Game: Book Three in The Hostile series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully different, 1 May 2017
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I enjoy stories that break with convention, and once again, Joy Mutter delivers another wonderfully offbeat, paranormal thriller, mellowed with a delicious dark humour.

Four years have elapsed since Holiday for the Hostile and Serena’s struggling to come to terms with the deaths she has caused. She’s pregnant and hoping for a peaceful life, but she’s in the grip of her paranormal ‘buddy’, who needs more deaths. With family and a former police detective closing in to uncover the truth behind the killings, Serena’s turmoil and problems can only get worse.

The intricate plot delivers twists, turns and surprises that kept me turning the pages, eager to learn how Serena would deal with all the struggles and problems. And what an ending it was! I can’t wait to read the next instalment.


The Demon of Devilgate Drive (Skeleton Cove Horror Book 1)
The Demon of Devilgate Drive (Skeleton Cove Horror Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to resist, 27 April 2017
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The hunt for missing Jimmy Brick takes young Jeff and Suzi on an exciting adventure of thrills and scares that kept me guessing right to the finale. Laced with a sassy humour, and filled with inventive 70s references and likeable characters, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story for that’s fun to read and impossible to resist.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Does everything I want, 10 April 2017
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Excellent phone that does everything I want and more. The voice recognition makes texting, emailing and social media a breeze, and the phone offers greater value than Android.


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