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The Uncommon Reader (Faber & Faber / Profile Books)

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

Short but sweet.

This book made me laugh out loud in places. The Queen takes up reading and thinking. Her palace staff want her to concentrate on being royal and to stop discussing books with the public and state visitors. She wants a quiet corner to curl up and read more and resents anything which takes her away from this. You will completely understand this book if you are an avid reader and sympathise with the Quee ...

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Fallen into the Pit (Time Warner Paperbacks)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Dated but readable

This book was written after the second world war and presents life in an English village with all the usual suspects including the local landowner, the school master, the pub owner, the poacher and the local policeman. This is the first of the George Felse books by Ellis Peters and introduces us to his teenage son Dominic who does the majority of sleuthing and happens to be around when all the major events ...

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Caroline's Sister (Headline Review)

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

Making choices and living with the consequences

Caroline marries too young seeming to throw away all her advantages. Tessa, her younger sister, has always felt eclipsed by Caroline and in one unexpected moment she does the wrong thing and throws a bombshell in the lives of all her family. Living with the consequences of the choices you have made can be difficult but sometimes we have to live with the consequences of some else's choices. Fun, energetic ...

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Saint Maybe (Vintage)

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

Humour, pathos and compassion.

Ian tells his brother something that everyone knows but no one will say out loud. The results of this act are devastating and permanent. In seeking to assuage his guilt Ian joins the Church of the Second Chance and leaves college to cope with the three children he has inherited and his own embarrassing new religion. Twenty years on, Ian's prospects of his own second chance are receding fast with his whole l ...

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Dragonsbane (Unicorn) (Voyager)

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

Nothing is quite what you think

Young Gareth travels the length of the Winterlands to find the one living man who has slain a dragon to ask him to take on and defeat the oldest and mightiest of the dragon race. Travelling back to the King's court are the courtier, the Dragonsbane, and Jenny Waynest the witch and mother of Lord John's sons. The land is dangerous and hostiile and so is the court - it may be that the dragon is the least of t ...

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When She Was Bad (Pocket Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Seriously creepy.

Two dangerous people with multiple personalities meet and fall in love - at least some aspects of them do. Other aspects are murderous, manipulative and childlike. When Lily and Ulysses Maxwell escape from the institution which is supposed to cure them it is up to ex-FBI agent E Pender and psychiatrist Dr Irene Cogan to find them ... as quickly as possible. This is the fourth E Pender novel and the secon ...

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Shakespeare's Wife (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Oh dear!

I was so looking forward to this book. I had heard Germaine Greer on the radio & read reviews of it & was really keen. Unfortunately this book didn't live up to my expectations & I never finished it. Maybe it would have improved had I persevered. I am a person who does read non fiction & I am used to reading facts, dates etc which I generally enjoy though to many they may seem dull. However in this book t ...

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Blood Maidens (Severn House Publishers Ltd)

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

Dark fantasy at its best

This is the long awaited sequel to Barbara Hambly's Those who Hunt the Night and Travelling with the Dead. In Edwardian Europe vampires are (un)alive and well and hiding in the shadows, killing to survive and indulging their own pleasures. They have lost any sense of what it means to be human and people only represent prey. James Asher has been a spy and is now a teacher but he is approached by his erstwhil ...

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Necropolis: London and Its Dead (Pocket Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Brilliant!

This was a book I absolutely loved & found very hard to put down. It may seem that a book on the history of London's burial grounds through the ages may seem rather macabre. However this book was very cleverly written with the social history of death & burial interwoven with the life that was going on at the time. After all death is an important part of life & one cannot really study one without the other. ...

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The Village Newcomers (Tales from Turnham Malpas) (Orion)

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

Comfort Food

This is the latest in the Rebecca Shaw books about Turham Malpas. It is not necessary to have read all the previous ones in order to read this but some of the relationships and events do make slightly more sense if you know the background. This series is a nice gentle series. Sort of "comfort food" in a book. Nothing too sinister, no blood, guts or gore just a story about village life. I suspect that there ...

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Crucifix Lane (Flame)

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

A Believable Future

I really enjoyed this book. The concept of someone travelling in time but staying in the same place geographically is not new in fiction - from HG Wells "The Time Machine" onwards. Not all concepts of the future UK work but this one does. The vision of London as it is supposed to be in the future is very believable and could be seen as an extrapolation of today's society without too much imagination. This w ...

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The Book of Unholy Mischief (Black Swan)

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

A Good Adventure

On the whole I enjoyed this book. It comes in the tradition of many modern books where something is being sought and there is a race by various interested parties to get to it first. This one being set in Venice at it's height was interesting as much for the social description as for the actual story. The story moved along quickly without getting bogged down and the characters were allowed to become well k ...

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