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Conclave
Conclave
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1.0 out of 5 stars Penny Dreadful, 7 May 2017
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I had just read Robert Harris's "Conclave" (disappointing by his usual standards) and read this for comparison. A truly awful novel - poorly written and researched with a completely ludicrous ending. How this one made it into print is a mystery. Avoid


Even Dogs in the Wild: The New John Rebus (Inspector Rebus Book 20)
Even Dogs in the Wild: The New John Rebus (Inspector Rebus Book 20)
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3.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO PENSION REBUS OFF ?, 25 Mar. 2016
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Pre-publicity suggested that the new Rebus novel would have all the features you could possible want. However, although the familiar characters and places are there, the overall feeling is one of disappointment. Even the addition of the hostile "team" from Glasgow fails to add the necessary spice that would have merited more stars. Of course, fans of the series, myself included, will always clamour for 'just one more' but perhaps it's time for Ian Rankin to turn a deaf ear and explore new ways before the series becomes as worn-out and tired as Rebus himself. Having said that, "Even Dogs in the Wild" is still an enjoyable enough read with the usual Edinburgh atmosphere - worlds apart from McCall Smith's Isobel Dalhousie Edinburgh - a complex plot and some of these tense meetings between familiar characters and new villains. Good but not quite the standard of the full canon of Rebus novels


At the Reunion Buffet: An Isabel Dalhousie story (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
At the Reunion Buffet: An Isabel Dalhousie story (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
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2.0 out of 5 stars SHORT-CHANGED DALHOUSIE, 7 Jan. 2016
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For followers of this delightful series, this has to be the most disappointing of them all - more of a longish short story (novella ?) than a novel. While it lasts, it provides all the usual pleasures of Isabel's household, although I personally find little Charlie increasingly irritating (he will grow up to be a spoiled brat !). Her interaction with the various characters from her school re-union provides fascinating dialogue and the reader always shares Isabel's fear of over-stepping the mark and upsetting another person; not done in polite Edinburgh society. The central idea - that one of the guests may not be who she claims to be - is an ingenious touch. Reading on Kindle and not bothering to look at the % figure read, I was most disappointed to reach the ambiguous conclusion and felt cheated. Recommended only to completists of the series


End Games in Bordeaux
End Games in Bordeaux
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOME LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, 7 Jan. 2016
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A satisfactory conclusion to Massie's trilogy with the fates of all the characters summarised, even if some of it seems a little perfunctory towards the end - like one of these films that conclude with short sentences (X survived and became a lawyer, Y is now retired living in etc). As ever, the author's literary accomplishment is evident and he maintains control of the fairly complex plot. The novel operates both on the personal level of the various characters and the wider historical level with a (presumably) realistic portrayal of the last days of Vichy France which is very convincing


The Crossing (Harry Bosch Book 20)
The Crossing (Harry Bosch Book 20)
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOSCH BACK ON FORM, 9 Dec. 2015
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Fans (of whom there are many even among my own circle) will welcome this latest Michael Connelly which brings Harry Bosch back into the limelight. The double meaning of the title will intrigue and the tension between Harry's previous employment as an LAPD cop and his current one with half brother Micky proves intriguing - even apart from the main plot. The ending is a bit contrived (hence only 4 stars) but there is plenty here to satisfy. Fill your Christmas stocking with it


Gillette Contour Plus Cartridges - 10 Pack
Gillette Contour Plus Cartridges - 10 Pack
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE SHAVE, 18 Nov. 2015
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Just as expected with quick delivery - but price can be matched in local supermarket


Heaven's Prisoners (Dave Robicheaux Book 2)
Heaven's Prisoners (Dave Robicheaux Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars MASTER OF US CRIME FICTION, 16 Jan. 2015
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Well up to the usual unique style of Burke. Don't understand half the nature references or many of the food ones but just love the sound of it all. Intricate plot as always and a host of fascinating characters and places. Robicheaux's knack of getting himself into trouble (and most times out of it again) keeps you turning the pages


White Smoke: A Novel of Papal Election
White Smoke: A Novel of Papal Election
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Black Smoke" for "White Smoke", 16 July 2013
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Derivative and self-indulgent. I was totally bored by this book before reaching half way. Eventually, I finished it by simply skipping every passage involving the 'will-they-won't they' affair between the two leading characters, estranged husband and wife covering a conclave in Rome for The NY Times and CNN respectively. Readers outside the USA might be forgiven for thinking the election of a new Pope is something arranged exclusively by US cardinals and their assistants. "Day of the Jackal" has this potential assassination licked to a frazzle in its sub-plot and the frequent recourse to 'actual' reporting in the media by the hero/heroine is just lazy writing. Allen Drury (far better writer) got away with this in the 1960s. Andrew Greeley, who died recently, could do better than this though both novels I have read show symptoms of suppressed sexuality brought unconvincingly to the surface by this Roman Catholic priest. Not recommended - there are many better novels centred on the Vatican


The Killing 1
The Killing 1
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DANISH kILLINGS, 31 Mar. 2013
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Having previously only seen the US version set in Seattle, I was surprised to find some major changes in the plot but on the whole the story was more convincing, particularly the identity of the killer. The US tv version won't do much for attracting tourists to Seattle nor does the book make me want to visit Copenhagen but the gritty realism is attractive in its own way and the pace of the story kept my thumb on the Kindle turn over button !


Urad Shoe & Leather Polish & Cleaner for Shoes, Boots & Bags (Clear)
Urad Shoe & Leather Polish & Cleaner for Shoes, Boots & Bags (Clear)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiny Shoes, 31 Mar. 2013
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Does what it says on the tin. Not cheap but a clean, fast and effective way of shining your shoes, irrespective of their colour


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