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on 6 June 2013
The Powerscourt series is an entertaining good read but I am beginning to find the formula a little too predictable. In this one the murderer was obvious from early on, but I did not object to that so much as the way the 'slam bang' endings of the books are always contrived by putting somebody - usually Powerscourt or his wife - in deadly danger from which they escape by the skin of their teeth. Dickinson should mull over the possibility that there really are other ways of contriving a dramatic ending, a chase for example. That said, the books are well written, the plots hang together and some of the characters do have a bit of depth to them. The happy family life and affection for Powerscourt's wife and children are rare and welcome ingredients in this kind of story. All in all an enjoyable read which, for me, just misses the fifth star. Could try harder, as my schoolmasters used to say of me.
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on 30 April 2011
This one seemed more insubstantial than usual. This slight mystery never really comes to the boil and in fact is still barely simmering through the eventual denouement, despite a late gun battle in a London gallery. It was still quite a pleasant read but a bit dull. There were too few episodes of whimsy in this one. Usually I quite like Powerscourt when he gets distracted by his beloved history. There are still a lot of the Dickinson staples like the 'young innocent couple' and the obsessive, caricatured cameos but this one just seemed to me to be going through the motions. Two misfires in a row usually means an abandoned series for me but I suspect I'll come crawling back to number 8 Manchester Road sooner or later.
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on 20 May 2013
This is the 6th book in the series - I have also read the previous 5 and have already bought another 3 - will buy them all as I go along - I love the way David Dickinson brings people in from previous books - it feels like an extended family of which you are part. These books and Paul Gilbert's new Sherlock Holmes stories and also Anthony Horowitz's Holmes stories are my favourite books at the moment.
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on 28 May 2013
This series of detective stories makes pleasant, undemanding reading, perhaps marred by the use of the "with one bound Pauline was free" sort of plot jumps, but quiet and relaxing nonetheless.
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on 29 November 2013
Interesting read, though a little long winded. Unfortunately these books are beginning to get a bit predictable. At least the plot was believable in this one.
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on 31 August 2014
Excellent murder mystery for those who like historical who-dun-its. The mixture of fiction with known historical facts and characters works very well.
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on 5 June 2013
I am now into this series by the author and thoroughly enjoy his style and how he puts the plot together. A posh Sherlock Holmes - and as good.
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on 23 August 2014
thru rose tinted glasses . though they are a bit naughty really enjoyed it.
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on 4 August 2014
Great story with interesting historical background
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on 10 July 2015
I allways enjoy this author
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