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Twilight
Twilight
by Peter James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer Roy Grace...., 23 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Twilight (Paperback)
I found it hard work to plough through this. Not being versed in the supernatural or the effects of drugs I was quite lost at times and having read some of the 5* reviews I'm even more lost and wondering if I totally missed the point. The characters were well-formed but I was completely unable to get into their heads and relate to them on any level. I felt I received mixed messages from Kate who was really a straightforward character - wasn't she?


The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 1)
The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 1)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly suspenseful, 17 Jan. 2015
I had an idea about the plot of this as I had read Blood on the Wire first. But nothing could prepare the reader for the staggering denouement. McDermid is bold in the extreme, her research is meticulous, plotting fiercely tight. The execution of this novel with the serial killer's own italicised notes interspersed with the psychological police procedural is perfect. I am a recent reader of Val McDermid's novels so look forward immensely to the pleasure of a whole list of Dr Tony Hill novels. This was mind-blowing and I'm unsure whether this will be surpassed as my book of 2015.


The Secrets We Left Behind
The Secrets We Left Behind
by Susan Elliot Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fictitious misery memoir, 17 Jan. 2015
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If you're looking for an easy read then this will appeal. It's a mix of nostalgia and tear-jerker. Light with a lot of padding to draw out the suspense. Characters never seem to be solid or real-life. Cleverly planned but for me it didn't work; not enough meat or language which held the attention. Very ungripping.


Of Bales & Banking: Growing Up in 1950s Rural England
Of Bales & Banking: Growing Up in 1950s Rural England
by Mike Pitcher
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to the author for the gift of this book., 15 Jan. 2015
This autobiography was given to me by the author when I was staying in Guernsey in 2014. Like the author himself the book is charming with a touch of irreverence. Its strength is nostalgia yet I suspect it's not far from the truth of his life. Told in a tone which is light-hearted, funny but stylish, it tells of struggle and achievement against the odds. An eternal optimistic he saw an opportunity in every situation and seized it. He found an equal talent in his illustrator Raphelina Bonito who enriches the book with quirky drawings evocative of the same nostalgic idyll. It's fun to read.


Jar City (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 1)
Jar City (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 1)
by Arnaldur Indridason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Scandi noir, 4 Jan. 2015
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A dry police procedural which lacks a sense of location, setting or place. I was attracted to this as it was supposedly set in Reykjavik which I am soon to visit. However I learned nothing of the location. It could have been set anywhere. Slow pace with the usual steroetypical depressed detective with the usual dysfunctional family. I ploughed through it but at the end had no real feel for Erlander or any of the main characters.
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Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I should have known better......, 29 Dec. 2014
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These reworkings of famous novels generally fail. Why do authors, especially of the calibre of Val McDermid, bother to do this? Silly modern jargon is insulting to good literature. I so don't like this! Does anyone know the name of the genre for this type of fiction?


The Cornish Coast Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
The Cornish Coast Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
by John Bude
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light but satisfying., 21 Dec. 2014
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To enjoy this the reader must read it in the spirit of the genre as it was written in the golden age of Brirish crime fiction in the 30s before psychology and gore pushed out the boundaries of crime and crime-writing. There is little sub-text but many twists and turns. The characters are rounded and gel well together. Bigswell is of the Dixon of Dock Green type. It is refreshingly simple, almost naive, innocemt if murder can be innocent. The plot is tight and Vicar Dodds manipulates Boigswell in the nicest possible way. Set in Cornwall that feature adds to a lovely read and I intend to read the other John Bude novels.


The Smooth Face Of Evil
The Smooth Face Of Evil
by Margaret Yorke
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smooth read, 12 Dec. 2014
Slow-paced and easy to get comfortable with, this novel takes the reader from gentle village life to greed and evil. A lonely widow, Alice Armitage, who has been uprooted from her own home to help fund the lifestyle of her daughter-in-law finds herself lost and alone in a community from which she feels isolated. Once she allows herself through this loneliness to be fooled by Tony Brett, smooth operator, the story which enfolds is slow-burning rather than gripping. This will appeal to the reader who likes her murder mystery to be drawing-room as opposed to blood and gore. It's dated but that adds to its appeal probably.


Frozen Shroud, The (Lake District Mysteries (Paperback))
Frozen Shroud, The (Lake District Mysteries (Paperback))
by Martin Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Murders frozen in time., 10 Dec. 2014
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This has been an absorbing series which I've read in order. It features Daniel Kind once again with Hannah Scarlett joining forces to find a solution to three murders which over a period of one hundred years have taken place on Hallowe'en in the remore area of Ravensbrook, a remote local community which is an obvious site for intrigue. . Location is vital to this series and Edwards uses The Lake District to full force and evocation. Red herrings get strug out along the way, all plausible, and the denouement is startling.


Talking To Strange Men
Talking To Strange Men
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange novel, 10 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Talking To Strange Men (Paperback)
Many years ago I was quite a follower of Ruth Rendell whilst generally preferring her psychological thrillers under the name Barbara Vine. I was given this in a bag od second-hand books for charity and the storyline seemed like an appealing read. In truth I found it difficult to follow and continually wondered where it was going. The plot was loose and the characters vague. I don't mind a book being dated which this as a 1980s publication certainly is and such novels often have their own appeal. However this was drab and muddled; certainly far from compelling to me.


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