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Jane Doe January: My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice
Jane Doe January: My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice
by Emily Winslow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Doe January, 25 Aug. 2016
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In no way could this disturbing book be called an enjoyable read. That said, it is as gripping as any thriller and as compelling. The author was raped in 1992. More than twenty years later and living in a different country it seems as though her rapist has been caught. In 1992 in Pittsburgh Emily Winslow was a drama student when she was attacked in her apartment and raped. This was no date gone wrong but an appalling attack by a stranger.

This well written, disturbing and intensely personal memoir tells the story of that attack and its aftermath and how the author faced and dealt with the perpetrator's arrest and trial over twenty years later. By that time she was married with two children and living in Cambridge, England so the arrest and trial meant many trips across the Atlantic.

Ultimately this is the memoir of a survivor and it will provide hope for those who have been attacked in similar circumstances. It shows graphically how the author's thoughts and feelings oscillated from day to day through all the human emotions as she was forced to relive the rape time and time again. I recommend this book to anyone who has been attacked and is struggling with the aftermath and to anyone who wants to know how a victim feels and how she rebuilds a life for herself.


No Laughing Matter (Inspector Thanet)
No Laughing Matter (Inspector Thanet)
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars No Laughing Matter, 25 Aug. 2016
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Zak Randish, winemaker, is found dead as a result of a particularly gruesome murder. He was successful and ruthless and there seem to be signs that he was in the habit of beating his wife. His father-in-law clearly didn't have much time for him and his work colleagues seem to have had ambivalent feelings towards him. DI Luke Thanet and DS Mike Lineham must try and weed out those who couldn't have committed the murder but devastating secrets must be revealed before the murderer is discovered.

I found this a quite harrowing mystery to read as the victim seems almost to have deserved his fate, if anyone can be said to deserve being murdered and I had huge sympathy with the murderer. The story shows clearly the devastation that murder leaves behind in its wake. As ever Thanet and Lineham work well together and manage to put aside some problems in the private lives to concentrate on their work.

This is a well written and often thought provoking series and I am finding it very good reading. If you enjoy crime novels with little graphic violence - though the murder scene is quite horrible in this book - then you will probably enjoy this book and this series.


Wake The Dead (Inspector Thanet)
Wake The Dead (Inspector Thanet)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wake the Dead, 24 Aug. 2016
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Isobel Fairleigh was murdered during a village fete being held in the grounds of her home. She had suffered a stroke and it was only a matter of time before she died anyway but someone seems to have taken it into their heads to put an end to her existence. Her son - the local MP - calls DR Mallard, the police surgeon, who happens to be at the fete with his wife and DI Luke Thanet and his wife.

Naturally, Thanet and DS Lineham look to the victim's nearest and dearest first and soon realise that they are all hiding something. Apart from the family, there are potentially the thousand or so people who have been attending the fete to question. I think this is a well written mystery which demonstrates graphically how family secrets can fester and affect everyone in a family. I thought the relationships between the Fairleighs was very well done and I enjoyed reading the book.

I like the relationship between Thanet and Lineham and how closely they work together and I think this is portrayed very well in this book and in this series. The book can be read as a standalone novel or as part of a series. I think it is better read as part of a series.


A Season of Ruin (Sutherland Scoundrels Book 2)
A Season of Ruin (Sutherland Scoundrels Book 2)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Season of Ruin, 24 Aug. 2016
Lily Somerset wants to have a successful season and end it by marrying a man of good reputation and settle down to a life as a married woman. But fate has other things in store for her and a case of mistaken identity results in potential ruin. That is unless Robyn Sutherland is willing to act as her escort to all the social events until her reputation is repaired. But Robyn is not interested on repairing reputations and he agrees under protest.

However the prim and proper Lily reveals another side to her character and Robyn is intrigued against his better judgement. If you're looking for a substitute for Georgette Heyer then, be warned, this isn't it. This book is very much a erotic romp with a historical background. The characters are interesting enough in their own right and I did enjoy the conversations between characters - especially Robyn and Lily. I found the erotic element just a little too much for my taste.

I'm sure many people will enjoy it but I would have preferred rather less of it and I felt it detracted from the story rather than added to it. That said, the book is an entertaining read and it is possible to skim over those interludes without losing any of the story. The book is the second in a series but can be read as a standalone novel. I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley for review.


Busy B 2017 Desktop Calendar
Busy B 2017 Desktop Calendar
Price: £8.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Busy B Desktop Calendar, 22 Aug. 2016
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This is a neat desk calendar which has the ability to stand up by means of a fold out stiff cardboard stand. As ever with Busy B products it is good quality and each month has a pocket behind the calendar page to keep appointment cards, tickets etc safe. The reason why I have only given it four stars is because the space for each date is small and you will only be able to make very brief entries unless your hand writing is equally small and neat. However, if you usually only write cryptic entries such as T - 10.30 - then this calendar will be more than adequate for you.


Doomed To Die (Inspector Thanet)
Doomed To Die (Inspector Thanet)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doomed to Die, 22 Aug. 2016
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Perdita Master is found murdered at the house of a friend where she is looking after her friend's children temporarily. She has just told her jealous and possessive husband that she wants a divorce. DI Luke Thanet and DS Mike Lineham must try and weed out the suspects. There's her husband, his mother, her lover and his wife for starters. Perdita, in spite of the fact that she was very quiet and apparently inoffensive, appear to have upset rather a lot of people in her short life.

This is a well written and intriguing mystery. I didn't work out who had murdered her so it came as a shock to me when the killer was revealed. Thanet himself has to balance work and home as his mother in law is ill. Draco - the fiery superintendent - obviously has something on his mind and lacks his usual verve and vigour.

This is a well written series of police procedural crime novels and if you enjoy crime novels which do not contain lots of graphic violence and bad language then you will probably will enjoy the series. The books can be read as a standalone novels but are probably better read in the order in which they were published.


Mrs Jeffries Takes The Cake (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 13)
Mrs Jeffries Takes The Cake (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 13)
Price: £4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Jeffries Takes the Cake, 20 Aug. 2016
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A man is shot dead after taking tea and cake with his guest. But who was his guest? The dead man's son in law - an MP - doesn't want Inspector Witherspoon asking too many questions as he doesn't want anything to damage his reputation.

Naturally this isn't going to put the inspector or his household off and they are all determined to bring the murderer to justice. But can Witherspoon's household do their investigating without letting the Inspector know they are helping?

This is the thirteenth book in this entertaining Victorian crime series. I love the ingenious ways Mrs Jeffries finds of directing the investigations of the household and various friends and then feeding the information to the Inspector so that he is pointed in the right direction. If you want a light hearted historical crime series this might be one to try. The books can be read in any order but it probably is best to read them in the order in which they were published.


Busy B 2017 "Floral design" To Do Diary - Purple/Pink/Lilac/Green/Blue/Navy/Cream
Busy B 2017 "Floral design" To Do Diary - Purple/Pink/Lilac/Green/Blue/Navy/Cream
Price: £8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busy B 2017 To Do Diary, 19 Aug. 2016
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I have a 2016 Busy B To Do Diary and have found it very useful so I was pleased to be offered this 2017 edition. It is small enough to carry around with you and yet still has plenty of space not just for appointments but for notes and reminders and things to do as well. There are pockets to keep receipts, appointment cards etc as well and I find these handy for making sure those long range appointments don't go astray.

I also find the monthly planner very useful as it shows a month across a double page spread. Like most Busy B products there are not too many extra pages at the beginning and end of the book which in my experience rarely get used if they are provided, If you're looking for a handy diary which offers you a way of keeping to do lists and diary in one place then I can recommend this one.


Busy B 2017 Slim Diary
Busy B 2017 Slim Diary
Offered by MMP Living
Price: £7.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busy B 2017 Slim Diary, 19 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Busy B 2017 Slim Diary (Accessory)
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This is a neat handbag or pocket sized diary with three days to a page which gives you more room than the average pocket diary for each day. In between the diary pages there are pages for notes. These aren't as wide as the diary pages so you can see the dates down the side of the page and this makes it easy to find the page you want. Like all Busy B diaries this has an elastic closure, an elastic pen holder and a ribbon bookmark.

There are only a few extra pages at the beginning and end of the diary for personal information. contacts and 2017 and 2018 calendars. I do like diaries which aren't cluttered up with lots of extra pages that you don't really need. Instead this diary gives you pages of notes throughout the diary where they are likely to be of much more use. If you're looking for a pocket diary then this is ideal in my opinion and like all Busy B products it is good quality.


Dead By Morning (Inspector Thanet)
Dead By Morning (Inspector Thanet)
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead By Morning, 18 Aug. 2016
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No one seems to have a good word to say for Leo Martindale when he returns unexpectedly to the bosom of his family after a twenty five year absence. It seems as though the villagers and his sister and brother in law have simply taken up their quarrels with him as though he only left yesterday. When his corpse is discovered in a snow filled ditch, it looks as though DI Luke Thanet and DS Mike Lineham are going to have to arrest everyone they interview. Everyone has turned their anger at Leo against the police now that Leo is dead.

No one s at all willing to give them any information about his movements on the last day of his life though gradually a picture emerges of arguments with just about everyone he meets. But who could have been pushed over the edge to such an extent that they ran him over and then moved his body to a ditch? As Thanet and Lineham accumulate evidence a picture starts to form and they begin to think the case will be solved after all.

I really enjoyed reading this well plotted mystery and wanted to know who had committed the murder. I had sympathy for most of the people involved and I could see how the victim almost invited the murder. Thanet and Lineham are as always interesting characters and Superintendent Draco is becoming more human after several run ins with Thanet. This is an excellent novel in an excellent series. The books can be read as standalone novels though I think they are probably bets read as a series.


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