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The Roman Mysteries: The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina: Book 6 (Orion Children's Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Good for younger readers

This was an ok book - but as it was for much younger readers, the story lacked depth which decreased my enjoyment.  (My fault for reading a book aimed at people much younger than me).  The characters were well-written and quite appealling in many ways, but the plot moved very slowly.  The ending was sad and didn't really add much to the overall story.  However, I am sure it will appeal to younger reader ...

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The False Inspector Dew (Sphere)

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

An excellent mystery

An excellent mystery story with a very good twist at the end.  The characters are very well-written and I did not want to put this book down - I really wanted to see how it would all pan out.  I was not disappointed with the ending - although I did not guess the twist - and thought this an excellent read.  Highly recommended.

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The Last Hours (Allen & Unwin)

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

Excellent Background

I do like a decent historical novel. I like it to have excellent research, plenty of historical detail, good characterisations & a solid plot. That is quite a big ask but I do feel that this book ticked the boxes. Okay maybe it wasn't perfect in places but it was a good read. The black death comes to Dorseteshire. The small demense of Develish is as unprepared as every other place in England. However, the ...

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Death of a Friend (West Country Mysteries) (Allison & Busby)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

An intriguing whodunit

A good murder mystery with good characterization and a strong plot.  Most of the characters were believable and, although they each had flaws, none of them were totally unlikable.  The main murder itself was intriguing and I did not guess whodunit.  The ending was good and tied up all the loose ends satisfactorily.  All-in-all, not a bad read and I would recommend it to other mystery fans.

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Blood Lines: Volume 5 (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series) (Bookouture)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Very enjoyable read

Many series detectives have their evil nemesis - a villain whose abilities and activities almost stray into unbelievable but who bring out the best in our hero(ine) whilst challenging them hard. For Kim Stone it is Alex Thorne who is a master manipulator and who has been incarcerated for "persuading" others into committing crimes mostly just because she can. To understand the rela ...

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The Blood Card: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3 (Stephens & Mephisto Mystery 3) (Quercus)

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

Highly entertaining

This book is set at the time of the coronation in 1953 and includes all the main characters including Edgar Stephens, his beloved Ruby and her father Mephisto. There is also quite a lot of the story which concentrates on Edgar's colleague Emma Holmes who is investigating with him another murder in the transient travelling/gypsy/magical community. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay (Bloomsbury Paperbacks)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A Life in Photography

This novel is the fictional autobiography of a female photographer during the twentieth century. Amory Clay is unusual in her occupation for the time and sees many of the great events of the century as she photographs them including war, especially in Vietnam. The book follows her life and career but it concentrates on certain periods such as when she is first starting out and her ...

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Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery) (Wheeler Publishing Large Print)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Not a bad read

This is an ok book - another in the cosy mystery genre - which was easy to read and had a innocuous story-line.  The characters are well-written and the plot moves at a steady pace.  The only problem was the ridiculously schmaltzy ending which took the edge off the story for me.  However, that aside, this was a quick read and I will probably try more in the series.

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Five Go On A Strategy Away Day (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups) (Quercus)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

The Famous Five (and Secret Seven) grow up

A light-hearted parody of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books.  This one is well-written and very amusing in places.  A very quick and easy read.  I would recommend it to fans of the Famous Five (but maybe not so much if you are a fan of the Secret Seven - if you read the book, you'll understand why).  Also, if you have ever been on this sort of "team-building" event, you will almost certainly appreciate th ...

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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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The Maze Runner (Chicken House)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Written with film rights in mind?

This is the first book in a series so the ending is supposed to lead you into reading the next one.  The trouble is this often does not work for me - and ends up spoiling what could have been an excellent book.  The characters are good, the plot moves at a steady pace (though does get bogged down in places) - yet all this is let down by the last few sentences.  The book also gives the impression that it ...

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First One Missing (Transworld Digital)

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

Welcome to the club that no-one wants to join....

I am a huge fan of Tammy/Tamar Cohen and love all of her books that I have read so far. "First One Missing" is another excellent book. It deals with the difficult issue of child murder hand how family life is impacted after such a dreadful event.  The subject is a tough one but, I feel, it is handled sensitively and the book itself is very well written.  The characters are believable and the twist, when i ...

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