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The Killings at Badger's Drift: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1
The Killings at Badger's Drift: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1
by Caroline Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book that launched a thousand scripts, 21 Dec. 2016
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I can see how the 'Midsummer Murders' train gained momentum. This first of the inspector Barnaby novels cried out to be turned into a TV serial. The characterisation is solid, but verging on the Gothic. The plot is seamless, well-paced and keeps us continually interested. Several key characters are held back in reserve, either as 'red herrings' or to spice up the later action. It is easy to see how so many script writers felt they could distil this down into a recurring yet continuingly appetising formula.

If you take a step back - like the TV programme - everything is quite ludicrous. How can a village which is meant to only consist of 300 people serve up so many corpses? Why is almost everybody verging on crazy? Barely a single inhabitant is not guilty of a jailable offence - other that dotty Miss Bellringer of course, who should be in a home for ham actors. Graham is an expert at exaggeration of human behaviour to an absurd degree, whilst carrying the reader along with her. She is not 'arch'. She does not do irony, yet the whole thing is deeply playful really. I suppose that she really only needed to write 7 novels before the TV royalties made it quite unnecessary. An the formula was already set in stone by then anyway.

This novel is a guilty delight. I will surely read it again. As a student of Jacobean drama myself, I solved the actual crime very early on, so have no problems about re-visiting. A keeper.


Murder Underground (British Library Crime Classics)
Murder Underground (British Library Crime Classics)
by Mavis Doriel Hay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty inadequate, 16 Dec. 2016
I finished it - but only just. I guessed the murderer about 20 pages in. Believe the negative reviewers. This is a failed attempt at bridging the gap between the REALLY tedious 30s stories built around timetables and the quite jolly ones based on character. Sayers was being incredibly gracious in her comments. The author probably has potential, but the actual novel is 5th rate. There are good reasons for it to have sunk in the past.


Cressi Pro Star Bag Snorkelling Set - Black, Size 43/Size 44
Cressi Pro Star Bag Snorkelling Set - Black, Size 43/Size 44
Price: £56.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing at all to criticise!, 8 Dec. 2016
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I am a UK size 9 foot (but have broken both feet at different times0. There is enough room in the flippers to accommodate my bumps! The snorkel and mask are also an excellent fit.

The shiny, soft unusual plastic is to me a plus rather than a minus. It's all very stylist and Italian. I will have to upgrade my swimming shorts (black naturally!) The flippers are longer than I am used to , which should reduce the energy needed per metre swum. The mask has Cressi's trademark nose dam, which again I find a help to breathing. Nothing at all to criticise!


Sylvanian Families Boutique Set
Sylvanian Families Boutique Set
Offered by Toybroker-UK
Price: £23.76

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super item - but note a single Sylvanian included, 5 Nov. 2016
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PROS
- well-packaged, and very well presented, a work of art for little ones!
- The detail on each item is good and the parts are well-made
- Can fit together with other shops in the range, and can even be used as an upper storey.
- the pieces are to scale and are appropriate to the boutique theme
- the inclusion of the 'Persian cat Mother' allows the set to be played with immediately, but note there are no dresses, just shop-fittings.
Just be warned that by simply looking at the pictures on the box, and inside, a child will want the rest of what they see immediately!
CONS
- some already mentioned. the small print does clarify but a child may be disappointed that they do not get a shopful of rabbits.
- The age guide of 3 years will work for many kids, but some items may present a choke hazard if a 3 year old is mouth-orientated or has smaller siblings who could get involved in play.


Lipsy Women's SLP001B Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and PU Strap
Lipsy Women's SLP001B Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and PU Strap
Price: £31.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is, 5 Nov. 2016
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PROS
Smart packaging
Good sized dial with clear markings which are easy to read
Has a second hand
Strap is strong and is also adjustable
CONS
No day/date display
Dial surround is a bit flashy - with Lipsy London all round it
The strap and the glass are only covered by a 12 month guarantee
Not water-resistant


Berghaus Prism Women's Outdoor Fleece available in Black/Black Size 14
Berghaus Prism Women's Outdoor Fleece available in Black/Black Size 14
Price: £35.52

4.0 out of 5 stars My wife likes it!, 5 Nov. 2016
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PROS
Lightweight
very warm and well made
Material does not pill
easy to machine wash
CONS
Width fitting is pretty slim for a size 14! (actually measures nearer 12)
Body length is on the short side (She is only 5' 2" - so it just works)


Cressi Sirena Mask & Snorkel Mexico / Gringo - Premium Snorkeling Combo Set
Cressi Sirena Mask & Snorkel Mexico / Gringo - Premium Snorkeling Combo Set
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Going down!, 29 Oct. 2016
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PROS
- Mask fits very snugly, and is fully adjustable
- The separate nose compartment is a cool idea
- Nice and light
- Good seal at edges
- Shiny look and feel
- Head strap forms a cone fit on the head; much better than a single straight strap
CONS
- Not much obvious (Individual shape of face may affect the fit). Some may not like the 'sexy' finish.
- Personally, I would prefer a longer snorkel
- Snorkel has to go through the mak strap and could add to wear at that point


Tefal FV1533M0 Access Steam Iron, 2100 W, Red
Tefal FV1533M0 Access Steam Iron, 2100 W, Red
Offered by TCB DIRECT
Price: £22.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed, 29 Oct. 2016
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PROS
- Smart sleek finish
- Anti-calcifier easy to keep clean
- Good steam control, which can be finely adjusted
- Good heat dispersal 'aero plates'
- Glided easily; does not catch on your ironing
- not too heavy
CONS
- due to the small size there is twice the area to cover!
- The flex is a bit short


Nexcare Assorted Sizes Universal Strips - Pack of 40
Nexcare Assorted Sizes Universal Strips - Pack of 40
Price: £2.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of do the job, 29 Oct. 2016
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These are not the most robust plasters in the world, but they still do the job. This pack comes in 3 sizes - all are on the small side. I would not regard them as covering all needs, even for children. The circular 'spot' plasters are a bit different, but the only uses I can think of involve actual spots or very minor burns. I have added a few off each type to my general first aid kits distributed around the car, the home and my backpacks - but I'm afraid I wouldn't rely on them.


JAY-BE Footstool Guest Bed in Luxury Fabric - Berry
JAY-BE Footstool Guest Bed in Luxury Fabric - Berry
Price: £549.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Substantial and effective, 19 Oct. 2016
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Substantial and effective
This is a worthwhile purchase by anybody who wants to keep their guests! We have all slept on inapproriate camp beds, supposed sofa beds, and inadequate futons at some stage in our lives. This is genuinely a bed. That means the footstool is itself substantial both in size and construction. Check its dimensions carefully before purchasing. We really like the colour which coincidentally matches the room it is in very well. It also looks hard-wearing, and certainly will not show the dirt.

The actual bed concertinas out. This can be quite stiff to begin with, but I would always prefer that to something shaky! The mattress has to be quite thin to fit, but is pretty dense. It comes covered in heavy duty plastic, which we have left on until there is a good reason not to have it. This makes the sheets etc slip around a bit, but protects and keeps clean that key item.


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