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House Rules
House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Jodi Picoult novel, 27 April 2017
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Excellent book, one of my favourite Jodi Picoult novels


Bones in the Nest (Sean Denton)
Bones in the Nest (Sean Denton)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A storming return for Sean Denton, 7 Nov. 2016
Two years on from the first novel, former PCSO Sean Denton is now a Constable in Doncaster, finding his feet in his new role. The body of a Muslim man is found in the stairwell of the flats that Sean's father lives in, forcing him back to a life and memories he would rather forget, instigating racial tensions. At the same time, the infamous Chasebridge Killer is released from prison, causing anger.

The racial tensions in Doncaster are played out against the backdrop of Chloe Toms trying to reintegrate back into society, in York and she is a vulnerable and emotive character. The strength of Denton in facing his past and relying on his instincts to keep those he cares about safe, and protect his fledgling career.

It is great to have the Yorkshire location rather than London or Scotland in a crime book, especially as I am a Yorkshire gal, and loved the familiar place names.

Cadbury treads this sensitive subject area with a deftness that pulls you in and horrifies you at the same time. In the current climate, it seems more poignant to show in the novel that difference can result in such hatred and as such, this is a topical read. An evocative reflection of society, the novel handles the subject matter well, stoking your emotions alongside the police procedural aspect, hooking you and keeping hold until the end.

With some great twists and turns, it keeps you guessing until the end, the reader treading the path along with Sean as he connects the dots. I enjoyed new character DCI Nasir Khan and hope to see more of him in future books.

As I said after the first novel, Denton is a refreshing main character, none of the embittered drunk that we are so used to in this genre, but a genuinely warm and enthusiastic young man that is both relatable and likeable. I eagerly await the next novel.


The Dynamite Room
The Dynamite Room
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid debut., 27 Sept. 2016
This review is from: The Dynamite Room (Kindle Edition)
The story grabbed me from the first page with two compelling main characters, Lydia an eleven-year-old girl returning back home in 1940s Suffolk to find her village abandoned and her family gone and Heiden, a German soldier who has commandeered her empty house. Taken hostage in her own home, Lydia and Heiden must work together to get through the extraordinary situation, for both need each other to survive.

Written in poetic style, this memorable book deals with emotional issues and the psychological dynamic between the two seemingly disparate main characters. It is both eerie and touching at times, the story set out on a wonderful backdrop of historical and alternative descriptions of the war, creating an atmosphere of claustrophobia and distrust, pulling the reader along through the minutiae of each day Lydia and Heiden spend together. What is their connection and who will win in this tense stand off?

With vivid descriptions reminiscent of scenes from a play or a film, a cat and mouse game of prejudgements and snatches of light in a dark and dangerous situation, this stunning book will leave you with questions long after you have read the final page.


To Catch a Rabbit (Sean Denton)
To Catch a Rabbit (Sean Denton)
Price: £1.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turning debut., 27 Sept. 2016
To Catch a Rabbit is the first book by new author Helen Cadbury, joint winner of Northern Crime Award 2012.

I bought this book following an author event at Dewsbury Library and what a debut.

Sean Denton is a Doncaster PCSO with dyslexia but it is his observations that make him such a captivating character. When two boys stumble across the body of a dead prostitute on his patch he feels way out of depth. When Karen Friedman finds out that her brother is missing she needs to find that he is safe, but when she begins to speak to the police about the case she uncovers things about herself that she wasn’t aware that she needed or desired. Both Sean and Karen’s enquiries begin to throw up the same names and the story delves into the murky world of human trafficking and the sex trade.

There is a lot of time-line shifting and twists and turns of plot and the characterisation is spot on, though I would have liked to have spent more time with some of the minor characters such as the family Karen is trying to help gain residency.

Sean is a character with legs, who is not the usual hardened policeman and I can’t wait for the next book and his next case.

A page-turning debut. 10/10

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The Washington Adventure
The Washington Adventure
Price: £11.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical/hysterical comedy, 27 Sept. 2016
Set in 1814 amidst the British and American war, The Washington Adventure follows the story of legendary pompous idiot, William (Lord) Peel of Tornbridge, the inept financier who arrives on the east coast of America with a ship full of gold and slaves and hopes of clinching a lucrative land deal.

With British forces stretched by the never-ending war with Napoleon, President Madison has chosen his moment to strike and needs gold for weapons and slaves to complete the country’s new capital, Washington. Unbeknown to William and Madison, however, Europe’s war with Bonaparte has ended and four thousand battle-hardened veterans - Wellington's Invincibles - have been dispatched across the Atlantic with orders to Raise Hell. By the time William arrives in Chesapeake Bay it isn’t the welcoming embrace of the President that greets him but the British poised for invasion.

Based around true events, The Washington Adventure follows a chain of catastrophes that sees William's slaves being taken by the British to fight the Americans and ends with him being blamed for the destruction of the White House as the new capital is obliterated in a single night.

Taken from William Peel’s own journals and corroborated by the Tornbridge Museum, The Washington Adventure gives an unparalleled glimpse into one of the most extraordinary events in Anglo American history; not to mention finally opening up the bizarre and inane world of one of Europe’s most influential buffoons.

Review

The Washington Adventure is a Gold Medal winner on Harper Collins’ international book platform, Authonomy, ultimately reaching No.1 in their chart. At the time of reaching the coveted ‘Editor’s Desk’ it was the highest rated comedy on the site and amongst the highest rated books of all time.

Harper Collins gave the following review:

‘William Peel is a brilliant character, an aristocratic buffoon - so wealthy he is beyond reproach, and lacking any self awareness, he makes for a superbly comic protagonist. This is a brilliant example of the historical comedy genre’

It was rated 4.5 / 5 by hundreds of Authonomy readers with reviews such as… ‘well written, funny and highly entertaining’, ‘brilliant’, ‘comic genius’, ‘hysterical fiction’, ‘absolutely hilarious’.


Turbulence
Turbulence
by Samit Basu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars What would you do if you were given the power to do anything you wanted?, 27 Sept. 2016
This review is from: Turbulence (Paperback)
Turbulence by Samit Basu review

Just finished reading the novel I purchased when I met Samit at the Morley Literature Festival for the Sci-fi andSuperheroes event. I was expecting a 'Heroes' meets 'DC/Marvel comics' vibe and I wasn't far wrong. Aman Sen is aboard a plane when he discovers he has developed internet superpowers and he is not the only one. When he comes up against Jai a one-man army superpowered villan who wants to rule the world, he bands together with fellow Indian supers including Tia (who can duplicate herself), Uzma (an aspiring Bollywood actress who's power is that everyone who meets her loves her) and Vir who can fly. Aman wants to save the world and Jai wants to destroy it but during the battles of power between the supers who are on each side, some must lose their lives and no ordinary human is safe from an unknown super who can control them with devastating consequences.

With a good dose of comic history, Bollywood, cricket and 21st century India, this novel gives an interesting post-modern slant to the question 'What would you do if you were given the power to do anything you wanted?'


Men in Black I and II [DVD]
Men in Black I and II [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Price: £3.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant pair of films - can highly recommend, 17 May 2015
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Brilliant pair of films - can highly recommend. Hope the rumour is true that they are making a new one, but will be weird without the main players.


Elements of Style
Elements of Style

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Oct. 2014
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Really good book with lots of useful tips and advice for anyone starting off in writing.


2 x 3D Transformers Autobot Decal Car Sticker Emblem Badge Silver&Black New
2 x 3D Transformers Autobot Decal Car Sticker Emblem Badge Silver&Black New

3.0 out of 5 stars so my daughter was quite disappointed and hasn't put them on her car yet for ..., 13 Oct. 2014
These car sticker emblem badge were a lot bigger than they seemed to be on the site, so my daughter was quite disappointed and hasn't put them on her car yet for this reason.


NEW HIGH QUALITY CHEVROLET BLACK LEATHER/METAL CAR LOGO KEYRING/FOB KEY RING FREE GIFT BOX
NEW HIGH QUALITY CHEVROLET BLACK LEATHER/METAL CAR LOGO KEYRING/FOB KEY RING FREE GIFT BOX

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Oct. 2014
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My daughter loves her new chevrolet black leather/metal car logo key ring for her new chevrolet car.


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