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Memories That Bless & Burn
Memories That Bless & Burn
Price: £23.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart and soul singing, 29 Jun. 2002
This was my first encounter with the Dry Branch Fire Squad, and it convinced me to chase up their other recordings. From the title track on, every song earns its place, and every one is a real 'stop what you're doing and listen to this' experience.
I wouldn't change one track on this CD, and couldn't wait to go out and get more, more, more! They sing and play with more feeling than any other bluegrass band I've ever heard.


Long Journey
Long Journey

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth every step of the journey!, 29 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Long Journey (Audio CD)
Long Journey has some wonderful songs on it - and, as usual from this band, the music is superb. I'd Rather be the Girl you Left Behind you is my personal favourite, but it's a close run thing.
Every track is great, and the different types of song and tune hold the attention - I kept stopping what I was doing to listen more closely! Another gem.


Tried & True
Tried & True

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with real feeling, 29 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Tried & True (Audio CD)
Go from the rage and despair of Aragon Mill, with its tale of wasted lives in workless towns, to the gentleness and the sympathy in She's more to be pitied, a story of a girl gone wrong: every song on this CD deals in real emotion and real life.
The musicians play with enthusiasm and true skill, and the voices fit every song just right. Another brilliant Dry Branch Fire Squad CD


Live! At Last
Live! At Last
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Price: £13.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Real shout for joy music, 29 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Live! At Last (Audio CD)
The most alive "live" CD I've ever heard! The tall stories alone are worth buying it for - even on 10th hearing, I'm still laughing. The songs are real magic, harmonies that ring in your ears long after the song is over, music played with spirit and enthusiasm and feeling. Buy it if you like music with life and soul - then buy all their other recordings!


This One and Magic Life: A Novel of a Southern Family
This One and Magic Life: A Novel of a Southern Family
by Anne George
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.35

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying with grace and serenity, 6 Jun. 2002
A lyrical and beautiful story of a painter's life and death. In it, a mystery is slowly explained, lives are examined with honesty and compassion, and choices are made which will reverberate into the future. The switching back and forward in time never loses the thread of the story, and all the characters are treated with sympathy as well as frankness.
The family have secrets from outsiders, and secrets from each other; their prejudices and assumptions are brought into the open by death and the necessary funeral arrangements.
A moving and beautiful book.


War and Peas (A Jane Jeffrys mystery)
War and Peas (A Jane Jeffrys mystery)
by Jill Churchill
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The war between the states claims another victim, 6 Jun. 2002
O the perils of re-enactment pageants! Passions overflow at the annual pea museum festival, and someone uses more than a pea-shooter on the museum director.
Jane is a volunteer who gets more than she bargained for, having to unravel why the long-lost hybrid pea should be suddenly so interesting to museum visitors and benefactors.
Surprising twists in the plot and characters keep up the interest. This is my favourite Jane Jeffry mystery (and infinitely more fun than War and Peace)


Mulch Ado About Nothing: A Jane Jeffry Mystery
Mulch Ado About Nothing: A Jane Jeffry Mystery
by Jill Churchill
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weeding out the murderer, 6 Jun. 2002
Another good entertaining read. Jane joins the gardening group, and in next to no time someone is pushing up the daisies. Given Jane's rather relaxed approach to house and home, she needs Shelley's assistance to weed out the truth from the lies, and to appreciate the language of the flowers. Plenty of laughs and home-truths along the way. Floreat Jane!


Cold Tom
Cold Tom
by Sally Prue
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tam Lin from the other point of view, 22 April 2002
This review is from: Cold Tom (Paperback)
This book was so good, I read it straight through at one go.
I have read many re-tellings of the Tam Lin/Thomas the Rhymer story, but never one from the point of view of the elves.
Cold Tom gets into the heart of the story and is utterly convincing - the interactions between Tribe and Humans are original in vision and poetic
in writing.
All fantasy/folk-lore readers should give this a try.


Murder Carries a Torch: A Southern Sisters Mystery (Southern Sisters Mysteries (Paperback))
Murder Carries a Torch: A Southern Sisters Mystery (Southern Sisters Mysteries (Paperback))
by Anne George
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.06

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake charmers and charming snakes, 7 Nov. 2001
Stylish and very funny. The usual banter between the sisters, combined with their (love)sick cousin Pukey Lukey, keeps the story racing along. Did Luke's wife really run away? Is she alive or dead? How do you cope with a snakebite?
Strange practices in church nearly cause the death of the two sisters, before their quick wits and kind hearts sort out the mystery


Bloodroot
Bloodroot
by Susan Wittig Albert
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burying the dead whilst digging up your roots, 7 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Bloodroot (Hardcover)
This is the best China Bayles book so far. All the series are interesting and well-written; this one goes still deeper into China's family and past. China, without Ruby, has to unravel a family puzzle, which turns out to have a very old history indeed. Herbs play a part as usual, and some good recipes are added at the end of the book.
The bloodroot is a key clue, underlying motif, and haunting reminder of the bloody past of the deep south. China does well to resolve both the family's mystery and some of her own personal experiences in the course of the story.


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