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Lily Poole
Lily Poole
by Jack O'Donnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book, 17 Sept. 2016
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I first came across Jack O'Donnell while writing as Hilary West on ABCTales.com and always found him to be an excellent writer, so naturally I was thrilled to hear he had written his first novel. He is a very 'writery' writer if one can say that and having read Lily Poole I am delighted to say he has done a marvelous job.The scenes in the hospital and at home, which are the core of the book are so well delineated, full of realism and full of atmosphere, with a welter of detail that opens fully like a beautiful sunflower. The use of language is amazing; it reminded me of Dylan Thomas. It is a rich warp and weft of creative thought. Image after image, simile after simile crescendo into a tumbling waterfall or even mitrailleuse of patterned prose. This is a richly textured book which is satisfying and delightful, as well as being a corker of a story.


The Glass Harmonica: A Julia Franklin crime mystery
The Glass Harmonica: A Julia Franklin crime mystery
Price: £7.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 12 April 2016
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I loved this book. It was full of magic and interest right from the start. The pace never lets up and mystery and intrigue are the name of the game. The wonderfully controversial glass harmonica is at the centre of this unique book and its sounds fill the book with universal harmonies that turn into quite a few discords. The plot is good and the ending is a surprise and this writer certainly knows how to write and keep the reader's interest.


A Shroud Over Iceland
A Shroud Over Iceland
Price: £7.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful atmospheric book!, 25 May 2015
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This book was a delight. It was full of the atmosphere that is Iceland; the geysers, the mudholes, the sulphur baths and of course the snow. Set against this wonderful backdrop Aileen Nowatzki builds her drama. A leading academic has been murdered, Marta Pedersdottir, and Bev and Brian, two American journalists, arrive in the country to see what they can uncover. They have quite an adventure in this country of the sagas and legend, with Bev at one point careering down a river bank and injuring herself once they are hot on the trail of the killer. But backed up by Frid of the police department they nail their killer and this well-written novel comes to a satisfying conclusion. They eat such wonderful meals and the delicacies of Iceland are well related. The culinary delights alone make this book memorable. I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who wants to be steeped in the Icelandic way of life which is at once unique and incredible. Aileen Nowatzki deserves to be a much more widely read author and I don't think anybody would be disappointed. This ebook is particularly good value for money.


Poet in the Gutter
Poet in the Gutter
by John F. Baker
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Sam Turner, 27 Aug. 2013
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Poet in the Gutter is incredibly good reading and everyone should read John Baker. He is an exciting voice in the world of crime fiction. I was engrossed reading this page turner and would read anything by him again.


Cathedral of Lies (Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 1)
Cathedral of Lies (Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 1)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant crime fiction !!!, 4 Jun. 2013
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John Pye is a Master of the Game; he has written such a convincingly professional and accomplished first novel it beggars belief. From the start we are gripped by the facts of the book. It is no disappointment as the events unfold before our very eyes and what a great trip this is taking us abroad for more action in Belgium. The storyline is so well executed and thought out that our minds are delighted by his ingenuity. If this is his first novel, my God we want more. The man is a genius and leaves us wondering if that just maybe it is the copper that can execute the perfect crime. After all he would be able to preempt a lot of the detection and so avoid capture. Full Marks for this one. We need a whole stable of John Pye, to my mind a much better writer than the acclaimed Ian Rankin.
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A Virtual Love
A Virtual Love
Price: £4.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stand up Jeff Brennan !, 20 May 2013
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I found this book up to date and of our age. It followed the life of blogger Jeff Brennan and was concerned with his online identity which was quite separate from the real person. The book deals with the new virtual lives we can all lead and it questions this 'reality'. Are we in fact wasting our time leading such a virtual life where all is sham and maybe even meaningless? A central image in the book is of an old clock so important to Jeff's grandfather and important too to the book's structure. This book is about time and how we spend it. How pointless it would be to end up living a purely virtual life, and also this book concentrates on how these 'lives' can collide, the actual and the virtual. One can be prey to a sort of identity theft. People can say they are the famous blogger Jeff Brennan when in fact they are not. This is very much a book of today then, when the new technology threatens to dominate our lives. This book is a sort of wake up call - hey, look out, and do not waste your life on that which is after all not real. An excellent read!


A Turnkey or Not
A Turnkey or Not
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories for Tony, 3 Feb. 2013
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Tony Levy has some great memories to relate in this book - a prison officer's memoir. Twenty five years of service are laid bare as Tony makes his way through the prison system. He was never a yes man and he appears forthright and outspoken as he deals with his superiors, hating bullying and nepotism, rife in the service. But it is his memories which are golden. When a visiting governor on an adjudication board has a twitch and wink he can't control, opportunity for humour presents itself. It is hilarious when a prisoner thinks he is onto a good thing and returns these 'winks'. Another episode when Tony goes punting on the river with a colleague and falls in and then appears semi naked in a toilet with this same colleague are laugh out loud funny. Another time Tony finds himself swimming in his underpants at a luxury hotel, only to find himself returning to his room with only a towel around his waist and having to pass though a room full of men in tuxedoes, women in ball gowns and the Mayor in tow too in full regalia. Although about the prison service these are Tony's memories of his special life and not much is said of the prisoners - their privacy is maintained. In that, it is unlike for example Jeffrey Archer's books 'Hell', 'Purgatory' and 'Heaven', where as a criminal himself Archer talks about his own class of person. This is Tony's life and we learn a lot about him as a man. We learn what the prison service does to him, but how ultimately it gives him a good send off when he retires.

Florizel is writer Hilary West, author of 'Where the Boys are', 'The Dome' and other novels.


Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage
Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage
Price: £5.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Knocks 'em Dead!!!, 28 Dec. 2012
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What a great recording Susan Boyle has made. Simon Cowell knows what he is doing and has given us a star - a super star. Susan sings her heart out in 'Standing Ovation'- possibly her finest album yet. The songs are great of course but Susan can sing them so well. She is a knockout and the duets particularly are good. Donny Osmond and Michael Crawford bring out the best in Susan.


Opera
Opera
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Great tenor sings for his supper, 28 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Opera (Audio CD)
This is a fabulous recording by Andrea Bocelli. Full of the standards of the tenors' repertoire and more, this album is so well executed. The duet with Bryn Terfel is fantastic, that from The Pearl Fishers. Some songs by Giordano I liked too. The singer's skill is so evident here this collection is a must for any serious music fan.


Saariaho: D'Om Le Vrai Sens/ Laterna Magica/ Leino Songs
Saariaho: D'Om Le Vrai Sens/ Laterna Magica/ Leino Songs
Price: £16.26

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous modern music, 28 Dec. 2012
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The Saariaho album is magnificent. The Clarinet Concerto breaks such new ground and demands much technique from the clarinettist. He certainly delivers in this recording. The tonal repertoire is at once engaging and attractive. Then comes 'Magica Laterna', a very mysterious work full of magic as the title suggests and showing off the timbre of the instrumental spectrum. The Leino Songs are so exquisite in their elegant modernism; like a nightingale in a gilded cage set against a backdrop of coruscating jewels the soprano excels herself. All in all this album by Saariaho is a must for your collection.


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