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British Bulldog (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery)
British Bulldog (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery)
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Bulldog, 25 May 2015
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I have read and enjoyed the previous books in this series and this book is perhaps the best of the series so far. It certainly kept me turning the pages to find out what happened. Mirabelle receives a commission to discover what happened to an RAF airman who failed to make it home after the end of the war.

She is dubious about taking on the task but when someone tells her to drop the case the oppositions pushes her to find out what happened to Philip Caine. The job takes her to Paris where she end sup in danger and finds out more than she really wanted to know about her dead lover's past.

This is a well written story set in Brighton and Paris in the 1950s. It could be read as a standalone novel but is probably best read as part of series so that you can follow the development of Mirabelle's relationships with her business partner, Vesta and with Alan McGregor - the local police Superintendent.


Searching for Grace Kelly
Searching for Grace Kelly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Grace Kelly, 24 May 2015
Three very different young women all living in New York at the legendary Barbizon Hotel for young women, strike up an unlikely friendship. They are all hoping that some of the legendary Grace Kelly's glamour will rub off on them while they are there. The year is 1955 - the year before Grace Kelly married her Prince.

The book follows the fortunes of the three women - Laura from New England working at 'Mademoiselle' magazine as an intern; Dolly working as a temp and very conscious of her working class background and Vivian - working in a night club as a cigarette girl who comes from Britain and is seen by the other two as exotic and sophisticated.

I really enjoyed this book and loved the characters and the way the writing evoked the atmosphere of New York in the nineteen fifties. I felt as though I was there while I was reading it. I could see this book as a film and I suspect it might become a classic of its kind along the lines of Rona Jaffe's 'The Best of Everything' though in my opinion this book is better than Jaffe's. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.


Coming Up Roses
Coming Up Roses
Price: £1.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming up Roses, 22 May 2015
This review is from: Coming Up Roses (Kindle Edition)
Daisy is house sitting for her parents who are travelling. Her task is to bring the large and neglected garden into some sort of order for them. She has just finished a horticultural course at college and this seems like a good start to her career. She is determined to lick her wounds - after a traumatic event and work out what she wants to do with her life from here on.

Gradually the village of Steeple St John wraps its tentacles round her and she finds herself caught up in village life whether she likes it or not. She soon makes some food friends - Jo, Elaine and Thomas as well as the always untidy Ned and gorgeous George.

I enjoyed this feel good novel with its background of village life and activities. The characters are well drawn and the village events brought vividly to life. Life changing events do happen but mainly life is good - even for Daisy who starts off being thoroughly miserable. If you want a relaxing read then I can recommend this. There are plenty of amusing incidents and amusing dialogue. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.


The Sudden Departure of the Frasers
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, 21 May 2015
Christy and Joe manage to buy a house in Lime Park Road that they would always have considered outside their price range because the owners, the Frasers, seem to want a quick sale. They are over the moon about their new house and its expensive features even though they've borrowed more than they can really afford. But gradually Christy starts to wonder why the Frasers moved in such a hurry. They seem to have disappeared overnight leaving no forwarding address and they've cut all ties with everyone.

At first, even though the neighbours seem unfriendly, everything seems to be going well for Christy and Joe. He is made a partner in the law firm he works for and they love their new house. But then Christy is made redundant and she has time on her hands so she decides to find out what happened to the Frasers. She becomes more and more obsessed with the subject as the people around her become more and more secretive about the subject and they seem frightened to talk.

The reader knows more than Christy does because chapters narrated by Amber Fraser are interspersed with the chapters detailing Christy's search for the truth. This is an tense and well written story and the only reason why I have not given it five stars is because I felt Christy was just a little bit too immature and seemed not to know how to get on with people very well which didn't quite ring true somehow. Amber came over to me as a better realised character even though she isn't terribly likeable.

I did enjoy reading the book and thought the tension between the two narratives was very well done. I thought the expectations that so many people have these days were shown in a very bad light in many ways and ultimately it is only Joe, a somewhat two dimensional character up to that point, who realises what is important in life. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.


Hallmark Anniversary Mum And Dad Traditional 3D Watercolour Card - Large
Hallmark Anniversary Mum And Dad Traditional 3D Watercolour Card - Large
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallmark Anniversary Card, 21 May 2015
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This is a good quality card which I think is very suitable for the occasion it is designed to mark. The 3D design consists of the ribbon down the side and the glasses, presents and bottle of champagne are raised from the surface of the card. There is a small amount of glitter highlighting the design and the bubbles rising from the glasses are stuck on raised decorations one of which is heart shaped.

Inside aspects of the design are repeated along with suitable wording which I thought hit the right note - not too sentimental and not jokey. This is a good quality card and well worth its current price.


Hallmark Large Square Contemporary 3D Wedding Card
Hallmark Large Square Contemporary 3D Wedding Card
Offered by Shop Inc
Price: £3.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hallmark Large Squae Wedding Congratulations Card., 21 May 2015
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This is a good quality greetings card with a rather delicate design on the front. The flowers on the front are repeated on the inside and the background to the inside is pale green. There is a discreet amount of glitter highlighting the design but it isn't overdone. The 3D aspect of the card are two ribbon bows - one peach and one aqua and the 'Congratulations of your Wedding Day is raised from the background.

I thought the verse inside was a little too sentimental but that is a matter of personal taste and others may like it. Overall this is a well produced card and is currently a reasonable price for the quality. Be aware when posting that this will cost more than the standard letter post rate as it will be treated as a large letter.


Dover One (Bello)
Dover One (Bello)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dover One, 20 May 2015
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Dover is a Scotland Yard detective but he is not one the Yard is particularly proud of so they send him out to investigate cases which provincial forces ask them to investigate and which look like being boring or difficult or not amount to very much. DS McGregor - his complete opposite - feels that his career is suffering because of his association with Dover but knows there is nothing that can be done about it.

A young woman has disappeared from what appears to be quite an exclusive gated community of houses and flats. She is employed as companion to an elderly gentleman resident and fails to return from a night out.

At first it seems that several people could have a motive for wanting Juliet out of the way but as she was somewhat on the large size disposing of her body could prove to be a huge stumbling block to some of the potential murderers.

The plot is interesting and well done with some nice understated aspects. I didn't like Dover as a character - he's a slob who blames everyone else for his bad decisions and takes all the credit for the insights of others. There was lots of humour and some interesting characters but maybe not enough to overcome my dislike of the main character. I might try one more book in the series to see if it grows on me.


The Department of Dead Ends (Bello)
The Department of Dead Ends (Bello)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Department of Dead Ends, 19 May 2015
This is a collection of ten stories in which the reader knows who the murderer is at the start and the story reveals how they did it and how they were caught. The Department of Dead Ends at Scotland Yard deals with what we would call cold cases today. It is the dumping ground for cases which haven't been solved quickly and they sit there until more information comes in which make sit possible to solve them.

I found these stories entertaining reading. They are very much in the Golden Age tradition with all the attitudes of the time which some modern readers may find distasteful. They need to be read in the context of the era in which they were written. I felt sorry for some of the murderers and could understand why they did it. I found knowing who the murderer was I was actually routing for them to keep their nerve when questioned but of course some just went to pieces when questioned some time after the murder.

This is a different slant on the traditional crime story and I found it interesting reading. If you like crime short stories then give this book a try as it is an ideal read if you commute or just want a book you can pick up for a short time.


Best Served Cold: A Monika Paniatowski British Police Procedural (A Monika Panitowski Mystery)
Best Served Cold: A Monika Paniatowski British Police Procedural (A Monika Panitowski Mystery)
by Sally Spencer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Served Cold, 18 May 2015
DCI Monika Paniatowski is a few weeks away from giving birth and is reluctant to take on the investigation into a death in the local theatre. But the Chief Constable insists and she sets about it with her usual energy. The Whitebridge Players have returned to the town twenty years after their last performance of Kydd's The Spanish Tragedy to stage the play again.

Resentments and old feuds have festered over the intervening twenty years and this time they lead to real tragedy. This is a intriguing mystery and just about everyone involved had reason for wishing the victim dead. I thought the plot was well constructed and the characters and their motivations believable.

The tension builds up over the course of the book - not just because of the need to catch the killer but because of Monika's impending maternity leave and it is a toss up whether the case will be solved before Monika gives birth.

I have only read one previous volume in this series and I thought this one was even better. I shall definitely go back and read the previous books in this well written police procedural series set in the 1970s. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.


The Corinthian
The Corinthian
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Corinithian, 18 May 2015
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This was the first book I read by Georgette Heyer and it set me on the road to a lifelong love of her books. Sir Richard Wyndham is being pressured into marriage with someone he has known since childhood. He doesn't like the thought of the marriage but lacks the incentive to refuse to comply with his family's wishes.

On the night before he is to propose he is walking back to his house slightly the worse for wear when he says what he thinks is a young man climbing out of a window. He stops the runaway falling and realises it is a young woman. Together they decide to run away with Penelope Creed disguised as Sir Richard's nephew. Their adventures make entertaining and amusing reading.

This is perhaps one of the most light-hearted and engaging of Heyer's Regency romances even though it does include stolen jewels and a murder. The dialogue sparkles and the situations the runaways find themselves in are at times hilarious as well as dangerous. If you want to try Georgette Heyer for the first time then this would be a good place to start. The heroine is resourceful and engaging and the hero intelligent and not above laughing at himself. I recommend it if you want something light-hearted with an historical background


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