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Primrose Pursuit, The (The Francis Oughterard Series)
Primrose Pursuit, The (The Francis Oughterard Series)
by Suzetta A. Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new additiion!, 27 Jun. 2016
This is a really welcome addition to the excellent "Bones" series, where the action moves from the luckless Francis to his hugely likeable sister, Primrose.
When Primrose discovers a headless corpse floating in a Sussex dew-pond, she isn't, given her unfortunate brother's past, anxious to go to the police. In fact, she really wants to forget about it, but curiosity spurs her on - aided by the wonderful Maurice the cat and Bouncer.the dog.
What I love about this series is its complete lack of tweeness. The story is firmly in the tradition of Chaucer's Reynard the Fox and completely unsentimetal Beatrix Potter. (Remember how Jemima Puddleduck collected sage and onions for the fox?). It's allied with a completely believable 1950's setting, where all the characters spring to life. This is so intelligent,well written and funny, that it's a joy to read. Highly recommended


An All-Consuming Fire: Volume 5 (The Monastery Murders)
An All-Consuming Fire: Volume 5 (The Monastery Murders)
by Donna Fletcher Crow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 18 Jan. 2016
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This, the latest in the Monastry Murders series is a totally gripping read. There's a fascinating mix of medieval church history, seamlessly woven into a very modern plot of a series of murders surrounding the shooting of a film, in which Antony is the polished but somewhat reluctant narrator. Naturally, the main thing on his mind is his forthcoming wedding to the irrepressible Felicity but Felicity herself is in danger as she herself becomes a target for murder. There's a great case of characters including Cynthia, Felicity's very polished, very professional and totally captivating mother. Yorkshire in winter is excellently portrayed, as is Monastry life, with the church calendar of the Christmas season adding a fascinating framework to the action. Highly recommended!
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Mass 101: Liturgy and Life: Liturgy and Life
Mass 101: Liturgy and Life: Liturgy and Life
by Emily Strand
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 17 Jan. 2016
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Don't let the American title put you off, because anyone who is an English speaking catholic will gain a huge amount of understanding and knowledge from this erudite but but very lively book. I've already used some of the material in a RCIA class. We're given an overview of how the mass comes to be in its present form, with due weight given to the shake up of Vatican 2 and the desire to discover how things were done in the early church. Then each section of the mass is discussed, with an explanation of why things happen as they do.
Highly recommended


Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference
Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a collection of essays from the excellent St Andrew's conference (which I attended) which give a ..., 3 Dec. 2015
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Enthralling
A thoroughly readable and thoughtful look at why the Harry Potter books have had such a grip on their devoted readers. This is a collection of essays from the excellent St Andrew's conference (which I attended) which give a real flavour of the depth of knowledge, the erudition and the sheer enjoyment of an outstanding literary conference. Highly recommended


Southwold Mystery, A (Rosie Gilchrist)
Southwold Mystery, A (Rosie Gilchrist)
by Suzette A, Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

4.0 out of 5 stars I love Suzette A Hill's books, 3 Nov. 2015
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I love Suzette A Hill's books! They're civilised, intriguing and well plotted with characters you like and want to be with. Set in the 1950s, A Southwold Mystery really captures the mood of the era. When the flower show judge is poisoned with cyanide on the judging platform, Rosy, together with Felix and Cedric are forced into solving a mystery which deepens as the story develops. I was really sorry to finish the book! Roll on the next one!


The Hollow Man (Dr Gideon Fell Book 6)
The Hollow Man (Dr Gideon Fell Book 6)
Price: £5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 21 Jun. 2015
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This is a classic locked room mystery by the master of the genre


Behind the Lines: WWI's little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation. Beginnings, 1914.
Behind the Lines: WWI's little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation. Beginnings, 1914.
Price: £7.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written and well-researched, 4 Mar. 2015
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This is an excellently written and well-researched history of an enterprise - feeding the starving Belgian population - that is far too little known. My only quibble is that it only covers up to the end of 1914/Jan 1915, but there are more books to come by this talented author, covering the rest of the war, books which I'm eagerly looking forward to reading! With his unique personal history, Miller is in the ideal position to bring the story vividly to life, which he accomplishes with great style.


A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary
A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable!, 17 Aug. 2014
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Really enjoyable!
This fourth outing in the Monastry Muder series is a really enjoyable, fast paced read. Anthony and Felicity are great characters and the story really swings along as Felicity discovers that a reliquary supposed to contain an ancient relic houses instead a very modern hand. The author clearly knows and loves her church history and there's fascinating glimpses of how Oxford came to be with a good sense of what Oxford is like today. I particularly enjoyed the account of bell ringing with a muffled peal - it's obvious the author really knows her stuff. Great book.


The Venetian Venture
The Venetian Venture
Price: £3.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian triumph!, 9 Jun. 2014
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This is a delightful book. Rosy Gilchrist is asked to go to Venice to trace a rare copy of a Victorian edition of Horace. What follows is part mystery, part comedy of manners as Rosy discovers that the book is far more valuable than she anticipated - valuable enough to be the cause of intrigue and murder. Anyone who's read the excellent Bones books and A Little Murder will expect comedy and they'll get it. It's also a deeply engaging book with characters that are warm and engaging. Highly recommended


The Terminal Velocity of Cats (Mia Trent Scene of Crimes Mysteries Book 1)
The Terminal Velocity of Cats (Mia Trent Scene of Crimes Mysteries Book 1)
Price: £2.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 23 May 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was good, the characters likeable, without the usual weary list of Issues, and the book sped along. Mia, the heroine, is very believable and a person you want to spend time with. The author's use of police jargon, ranks and procedures is well used, well researched but always understandable for tHose without any knowledge of policing
A great read!


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