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By Judith Cutler Life Sentence (New edition) [Paperback]
By Judith Cutler Life Sentence (New edition) [Paperback]
by Judith Cutler
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I like Judith Cutler very much!, 4 Mar. 2015
A beautifully crafted novel which is much more than crime fiction. A classic case of a woman trapped by elderly and difficult parents whom Fran Harman lost long ago and no longer recognises. A love story, murder, rape, identity theft and so much more which is now common on the human issue criminal scene. A multi-faceted novel which is wonderfully paced, complex and frightening in the endless things which are currently happening in society, probably more frequently than most people are aware.


The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson)
The Shroud Maker (Wesley Peterson)
by Kate Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medievalism meets fantasy., 1 Mar. 2015
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A bold creation from an author well-known for slipping easily between two ages. This is a novel about obsession and fantasy. Ellis creates so many characters who weave their way though this novel, yet they are all fully credible. Gerry's family issues are at the forefront this time, but Joyce remains well below the surface and the reader has yet to meet her. The ending is stunning.


Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope)
Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope)
by Ann Cleeves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're all "Pet" to Vera....., 22 Feb. 2015
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Set in a closely-knit and tight community this novel exudes tension and suspense. There is an eclectic mix of social issues, relationship strains, poverty and deprivation in addition to murder. Vera Stanhope's own fragility shows through at times and the use of italicised innuendo as Vera's asides is cleverly woven into the narrative. No-one in Harbour Street is immune from problems or suspicion and the focus on the guest house is intense. The Stanhope-Ashworth relationship is vital to these novels; one moment Vera loathing Joe for his marital security and the apparent simplicity of his life, the next a glimmer of all that she's missed. Holly emerges as a vital link and Vera is learning how to play a woman so different from herself. Outwardly fat and simplistic, inwardly complex, Hector, her father and his influence, never far away. This is a fascinating, gripping series and this might just be the best so far. Brilliantly paced, all characters are credible, developed and fine-tuned. I've lost count of the number of people I've recommended this series to.


Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames - The D'Antin Manuscript
Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames - The D'Antin Manuscript
by Luis D'Antin Van Rooten
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Goose...., 15 Feb. 2015
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I bought a copy of this when the 1977 edition was published. Unfortunately it was lent to someone and not returned so this is a replacement. It is hugely funny, demanding at times, but immensely rewarding as the reader identifies the nursey rhyme it mimics. It is best read aloud amongst friends who are conversant with the French language. You will fall about with mirth. Very clever indeed.


Framed In Cornwall (Constable crime)
Framed In Cornwall (Constable crime)
by Janie Bolitho
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornwall and crime - a winning combination., 13 Feb. 2015
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The reader is transported to one of the country's most beautiful counties to enjoy a Miss Marple type detective story. Set in Newlyn, Hayle, moving around Penzance, this is a delight and has a few more complications than JB's usual CF novels. It is the location which makes her books such a delight for me and her attention to the detail which even the sound of the crispy white sand makes. The remoteness of the house in which Dorothy Pengelly's apparent suicuide has taken place is captured, local characters drawn in and developed and the story expands around the art world of the area. Simple but unputdownable.


The Murder Stone: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, Book 4
The Murder Stone: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, Book 4
by Louise Penny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The mind is its own place.........., 9 Feb. 2015
This is no ordinary crime fiction novel. I am new to Inspector Gamache and Louise Penny, and after finishing this I am awestruck by her writing and craftsmanship. Apart from a murder enquiry this is an exploration of a dysfunctional family, but different from the many other novels which examine family life. This is excellent on so many levels - the psychological, philosophical, sociological. It poses some existentialist questions about life and the mind. The landscape is new and fascinating, set in Canada and remote countryside. If I have any problem with this it's the relationship between Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie. Can a couple really be so happy? It's bliss in a paperback!


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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nourishing, 3 Feb. 2015
I have a very thirsty skin and love the idea of avocado cream. Avocado seems to be the answer to everything at the moment so that possibly gives it more appeal. This is a little rich for my skin. It takes a while to become absorbed. I am now using it as a neck and decolletage cream for which it is perfect. For facial skin it's quite heavy.


Chanel Rouge Lipstick 04 Fascinante
Chanel Rouge Lipstick 04 Fascinante

3.0 out of 5 stars Not hydrating for me..............., 1 Feb. 2015
This is for 11 - Legende - which is a beautiful plummy colour, a favourite of mine. It goes on easily and looks fine. However it doesn't feel creamy and I'm disappointed that it doesn't stay fast for very long. I don't find it hydrating at all. This was a new venture for me because a friend recommended it as my lips get very dry. I wouldn't buy it again. I shall stick with my tried and tested quality brand which is significantly cheaper than this. I do purchase a lot of Chanel products and this is the only one which has disappointed.


The Echo Maker
The Echo Maker
by Richard Powers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Disrupting the psyche, 30 Jan. 2015
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This is a powerful read for anyone interested in the disruption of the workings of the psyche as a result of a brain injury. It's almost a psychology tome but the tragic consequences between family members and the way in which Richard Powers converts this into a novel rescue it very well from being non-fiction. However it's rather protracted and could have been just as successful had it been much shorter. It's the agony and tragedy, misery and suffering with the added cachet of a psychological novel which makes this such an absorbing read.


Clean Break (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 4)
Clean Break (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 4)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't start with this one..., 30 Jan. 2015
This began well and as an art lover I felt it would deliver. However the narrative soon became bogged down in insurance and security details and my interest waned. I've not read any Kate Brannigan novels before so perhaps I began too far into the series as I lacked any background into the relationship of Kate and Richard which is obviously significant. Maybe I'll try the first in the series and begin in the beginning.


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