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The King is Dead (Head of Zeus)

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

Interesting discussion of the death and will of Henry VIII

I have the hard backed version of this book and it is a truly lovely object - it is well laid out and full of illustrations and drawings. Don't let that lead you astray, however, this is a work of history and designed to be part of the writings on Tudor England. It isn't long but it concentrates only on the death of Henry VIII and what is in his will. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Seeking Robinson Crusoe (Pan)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Disappointing

I thought that this book lacked focus. It tells the story of Alexander Selkirk who was the model for Robinson Crusoe. It then tells us about other castaways of the same era and in addition there is a travel aspect to the book as the writer visits the area where some of the castaways happened. I found this approach bitty and distracting and I lost where and when I was on a couple o ...

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The Silent Companions (Raven Books)

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

Slightly Different - Ghost Story/Historical Thriller

Following the sudden death of her husband, pregnant Elsie heads off to the depths of the country. The old family estate has been long overlooked being barely kept going by a skeleton staff. Accompanied by her husband's rather odd cousin Elsie sees months stretching ahead of her in the gloomy, lonely house waiting for her child to be born. However, the strange noises in the loft lead to the discovery of of w ...

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Girl Having a Ball (Smart Girls Book 2) (Choc Lit)

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

Entertaining

This should really be sub-titled "Girl grows up". Stevie appeared in the first book in this set which you don't have to have read to enjoy this one. In this book she has lost the closeness to her brother because he has married and she is determined to prove herself when asked to arrange a ball for the mother of an old friend of her brother. There are tensions with Tom, difficultie ...

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Doomsday Book (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Gollancz)

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

A classic of the genre

This book is set in two time periods. The first is slightly in our future when the world has recovered from an epidemic and, although it has progressed in some ways, now resembles the 1950s but with videophones and time machines (but no mobile phones or Internet). The second time period is the late 1300s. The book is set in Oxford in both periods. The story begins with Kirvin bein ...

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Archangel's Consort: Book 3 (The Guild Hunter Series) (Gollancz)

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

Adjusting to angelhood

This is the third in this series and is best read after the first two. Elena has recovered from the process of becoming an angel and now she and Raphael, the archangel, have returned to New York. Raphael is very protective towards Elena because she is weak in comparison with other angels and that presents a risk to him too in the very competitive world of the archangels. Elena is ...

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Where Dead Men Meet: The adventure thriller of the year (Headline Review)

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

A Good Action Story

It is the eve of World War Two when someone attempts to kill Luke Hamilton in Paris. This comes as a great surprise to the lowly clerk in the British Embassy, especially when a stranger saves his life and tells him he must run to save it again. What follows is a trail of action throughout Europe, rather reminiscent of a good John Buchan novel, as Luke attempts to discover why someone wants to kill him. Whe ...

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The Fourth Sacrifice: China Thriller 2 (China Thrillers) (riverrun)

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

Excellent thriller set in China

This is the second of the books in the China series and should really be read after "The Firemaker" as the action follows immediately and the events of the first book are referenced. It features Margaret Campbell who is an American forensic pathologist and Li Yan who is a Chinese detective. They connected in the previous book when they discovered corruption and conspiracy. As Ma ...

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The Copper Beeches: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes IV (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Didn't work for me

I've read all the original Sherlock Holmes stories many times and quite a few modern versions and other spin offs and I had hoped that this reimagining of the classic short story would add something new to my enjoyment of the genre. It is a rewrite of the short story which shares the same name and has been written as a novella so it is longer than the original but not a full lengt ...

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Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson Novels) (Ace Books)

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

Excellent and entertaining novel about difference and evil

I really like this series of novels about Mercy Thompson a car mechanic who is also a shapeshifting coyote. She was brought up by werewolves and lives near to them and has become involved with the local vampire community. She is fiercely, but not stupidly, independent and incredibly loyal. She is an excellent urban fantasy heroine and all the novels are well plotted, full of actio ...

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Harkworth Hall (Traversing Z Press)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Very Readable but........

I am not quite sure what went wrong with this book. It was very readable with a story that flowed well and kept the action coming. However, there was a lack of depth in the book making it a very light surface story and plot. Caroline Daniels needs to marry well as her Father has a property but little money. Her Father meets Edward Masterton, a wealthy businessman,  and has hopes for a good marriage. So fa ...

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The Marriage Pact (Michael Joseph)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lost Its Way

Jake & Alice are young and successful. On their wedding day their receive an invitation to join a Marriage Pact group. This seems an excellent organisation which supports its members to work hard at their marriage - planning trips, giving gifts, not working late. Jake & Alice embark on this in a rather shaky manner not always adhering to the rules. Unfortunately these are rules & not guidelines and the puni ...

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