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A Christmas Hope (Christmas Novellas Book 11)
A Christmas Hope (Christmas Novellas Book 11)
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless as part of Christmas tradition., 28 Nov. 2015
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A novella by Anne Perry has been traditional at Christmas for a long time; always an enjoyable sojourn from something longer and deeper. This was most disappointing, wearying, had no focus that I could see. Apart from the insights into an unhappy marriage from which Claudine Burroughs regularly escaped to Hester Monk's clinic in Portpool Lane, there was a nothingness about this book. I gave up reading it midway and turned to something with more point. A great shame. A novella written for the sake of it.


Denial
Denial
by Peter James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Consequences of a distorted mind in novel form, 21 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Denial (Paperback)
Brilliant characterisation of every main individual contributing to a full-blooded plot which jangles ones nerves. A deep psychoanalysis of Thomas Lamark threads through this novel both through his own self revelations and those of Dr Tennet. This is a remarkable study of a disturbed mind, its cause and consequences. For readers of the Roy Grace series there is an inclusion of Glen Branson before his marriage to Ari falls apart and he tussles with family life and his desire to be a good policeman. Fascinating, gripping, quite extraordinary plot and Peter James writes it full on with no care for the nerves of the reader! An amazingly powerful novel.


The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.60

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Times and I was lost on the jopurney, 10 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: The Paying Guests (Paperback)
This began so well. I thought I was going on an Ishiguro-type journey as in The Remains of The Day. The pace was soft and gentle, hauntingly nostalgic; the pathos of the mother and duaghter left in gentile poverty, let down by the father, tangible. Then suddenly I felt it was unconvincing; I started to wonder where the plot was going so very slowly and drearily. Then I lost interest. I didn't even finish it. Too long, too meandering. Such a waste as it began for me with such tremendous potential.


Fever Of The Bone: (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 6)
Fever Of The Bone: (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 6)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars She's at the top of her game here - again., 28 Oct. 2015
Val McDermid finds the perfect challenge in pushing the boundaries, nothing seems to be off-limits or too frightening for her to tackle head-on. She has no fear and has the perfect vocabulary to test the reader's nerves. So original, far-out yet quite possible, entirely feasible. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are not a stereotypical pair of detectives but McDermid doesn't deal in stereotypes; she has created these two colleagues who are without equal in my opinion, their odball characters contained within the police service yet when they're alone, together, they become other. Another piece of brilliance taking us into a terrifying world of situations we haven't seen yet but which could have catastrophic consequences for mankind........


The Grave Tattoo
The Grave Tattoo
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting between a Romantic Poet and Crime Fiction., 8 Oct. 2015
This review is from: The Grave Tattoo (Paperback)
A very different novel from Val McDermid from my recent obsession with Tony Hill but nonetheless gripping and absorbing from the first page. I'm assuming the author is calling upon her Oxbridge degree in English Lit and using Dr Jane Gresham as her alter ego. Totally successful for me. As usual she commands a tight grip on her plot which is wieldly, encompassing location, possible missing manuscripts, murders, a teenager with multiple issues, a glimpse into family life, academia, a sub plot from the Indian Mutiny. Throughout she has a masterly control of where all these strands are leading. It doesn't have the psychological touch of the Tony Hill series but there is still that brilliance with which her works excel. Her standalone novels are enormously satisfying.


The French Gardener
The French Gardener
by Santa Montefiore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Prissy and twee with too much male chauvinism!, 25 Sept. 2015
This review is from: The French Gardener (Paperback)
I read and enjoyed The Butterfly Box until which I'd always thought Santa Montefiore wrote chick lit books. Unfortunately this novel reinforced my original view. There's nothing wrong with chick lit. It's just not my scene. The plot of this is very thin and there's over description and far too many adjectives! Romantic in its vision yes. Idyllic countryside life is painted in the opening chapter though it's not for Miranda. Too much male dominance too with her desperate to please her husband who is too full of his own importance as he takes on the Lord of the manor role. Very unattractive. No more Santa M for me.


Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill / Carol Jordan) (Unabridged Audiobook)
Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill / Carol Jordan) (Unabridged Audiobook)
by Val Mcdermid
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £23.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie style poisoning but not a drawing room murder!, 22 Sept. 2015
Val McDermid is fearless. She will take on any issue or subject and wring it out to dry. This series just gets more addictive, two plots magnificently tight and controlled as usual with incisive precision. Carol and Tonys relationship wanders a on as they dance around each other. Fascinating location of a poison garden. Who knew such things existed?


The Island
The Island
by Victoria Hislop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and poignant, 9 Sept. 2015
This review is from: The Island (Paperback)
My first foray into Victoria Hislop's novels. Totally absorbing and gripping, a very original plot controlled perfectly largely through the story recounted to Alexis by a very close family friend in Crete. Life-changing for both Alexis and her secretive mother Sofia. And what secrets have been kept; largely as a result of shame, stigma and discrimination. The story will tug at your heart, leave you stunned and breathless for another novel by Hislop.


The Last Temptation (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 3)
The Last Temptation (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 3)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Shock and Awe, 31 Aug. 2015
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This is an audacious series! I can only think in superlatives. The author has created such wholesome and credible characters in Jordan and Hill and in this novel places them both in dangerous situations which leave the reader weaving between the tension of undercover police work which puts Jordan in great danger and Hill in sophisticated psychological profiling and research into Nazi experimentation. Val McDermid executes this with shocking confidence. 10 stars would be insufficient in praising her endless skills with manipulating both plot and language in order to bring the tension to impossible levels. She controls the tight plot with precision whilst giving it a freedom to wander before bringing it back with ever more tension. Sheer brilliance. Again.


The Girl in the Photograph
The Girl in the Photograph
by Kate Riordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Pale Gothic meets Du Maurier, 13 Aug. 2015
Exquisitely written in slip stream style alternating between the words of Elizabeth and Alice each living in a large Victorian Manor House but for very different reasons. They are of greatly different social milieu yet suffering similar isolation as they progress through pregnancy. Kate Riordan controls a complicated plot, builds extreme tensions both within the two women and via external forces and brings the story to a credible though unusual denouement. There are fascinating letters from a country physician included which give insights into puerperal mania which have a sympathy perhaps unexpected at that time and which are not so very far from what is understood about post-natal depression today. Tender, deep, thought-provoking. Immensely satisfying.


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