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#Help: My Cat's a Vlogging Superstar! (Walker Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Amusing with Modern Issues

This is the story of two girls Millie & Lauren who seem to be early secondary school age. They have all the usual issues of girls of this age - wanting the "in" crowd to like them, going giggly when boys talk to them and so on. Millie is struggling with her Mum's new boyfriend and Lauren's parents argue a lot. These are just two ordinary girls who start a vlog around Millie's cat for a bit of fun and to che ...

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13 Minutes (Gollancz)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

A good YA novel with a dark finale

This is one of the better YA books that I have read recently - although I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone under the age of 16 - as it deals with some quite difficult issues.  There is a lot of swearing and a fair amount of sex in this book - which usually puts me off books - yet I found this an addictive read.  I genuinely did not see the way the book was going and was surprised by the twist when ...

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16 Lighthouse Road (MIRA) (Mira Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Undemanding and frothy

Disengage your brain and sense of reality and enter the ideal, cosy town of Cedar Cove. This is a story of "ordinary" people and their relationships within and outside their family. Everyone appears to know each other and everyone seems to be comfortably off. The local judge makes decisions in court based on what she feels rather than the evidence and the law, and the local nursing home seems to have strang ...

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1888 London Murders in the Year of the Ripper (The History Press Ltd)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A very clever idea and an interesting book

The year 1888 was the height of the Jack the Ripper murders in London. This author has taken that year and looked at the other murders which took place in the city at the same time but which didn't get the same degree of publicity. This is a clever idea for a book and a fascinating study if you are interested in social history. The murders are collected together in types - murders of children, gang murders ...

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204 Rosewood Lane (MIRA) (Mira Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Unrealistic and unbelievable but strangely compelling

The Cedar Cove novels are the literary version of furry slippers and a soft sofa. They make you feel comfortable but are not very fashionable and not terribly challenging. These books are predictable and easy reading but I think that it is unfair to condemn them for that - they do not aspire to be great literature but to be enjoyable reading. In truth, the characters of the books become familiar to the ...

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206 Bones (Arrow)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Entertaining though not Special

I haven't read a Kathy Reichs novel for several years though I had enjoyed all the ones I had read previously. I did feel that this lived up to my memories of those I had read before. Perhaps a little too similar....perhaps a little to formulaic? I'll leave you to decide. Although this is part of a series containing many characters that appear in most, if not all of the books, it can still be read indepe ...

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311 Pelican Court (MIRA) (MIRA Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Predictable but comforting

Debbie Macomber believes in "small town values" - neighbourliness, marriage, forgiveness, children and romantic love. In her series of books about the imaginary and ideal American town Cedar Cove she follows several different story themes all of which, you know from the beginning, will have a happy ending and which will reflect the things which the author thinks are important. Various characters are challen ...

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44 Cranberry Point (MIRA) (A Cedar Cove Story) (Mira Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

I want to live in Cedar Cove

This is the fourth visit of the author to the fictional town of Cedar Cove and the lives of its inhabitants and with each installment these books become more divorced from reality. This book is set in a totally imaginary world where all problems are easily resolved by people talking to each other, everyone is well off (when the author tries to depict her characters as poor it is not poor as the rest of the ...

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50 Harbor Street (MIRA) (A Cedar Cove Story) (Mira)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Superficial

Another visit to this author's imaginary and idealised small town of Cedar Cove. In each installment Debbie Macomber has some sort of mystery to solve and a relationship issue to resolve. Some of them have spread into several books. It does not require a huge amount of intellect to pick up any of these books and grasp the ongoing storyline, especially as the author repeats information quite a lot. The fi ...

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52 Steps to Murder (Book 1 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series) ()

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

A brilliant cosy mystery

I have decided that my next few kindle books will be the complete (to date) cosy mystery series written by Steve Demaree and starring Cy Dekker and Lou Murdoch as the 2 main detectives.  There are 1o books in the series, and I had read 4 in the past, not always in order,  so now I will read all 10 in the correct order.  If I haven't already reviewed them, I will write a review as I finish them.   52 St ...

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6 Rainier Drive (MIRA) (A Cedar Cove Story) (Mira)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Too bland

This is the sixth in this series about a small American town and ts inhabitants. Unfortunately, despite six books about some of these people, the author has missed the opportunity to flesh out the characters. It makes for a superficial and instantly forgettable read which is unfortunate as the author is actually writing about important issues and relationship problems. The problem seems to be that each cha ...

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66 North (Fire and Ice) (Corvus)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Clever, contemporary suspense fiction

This book is set in Iceland in the aftermath of the crisis caused by the collapse of the banking system. The main character is Magnus who spent his early childhood in Iceland but moved to America to become a police officer. He has returned to Iceland because of problems at home and is now involved in the police service. Magnus' backstory is contained in the first book of this series which I haven't read (I ...

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