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The Reading Group (Penguin)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

The book group element of this novel doesn't work for me

The premise for this novel is a good one - especially for book lovers. The reading group reads a book each month and the author relates the stories of its members and the problems they are going through and somehow links it with the book. Sadly, it didn't work for me. The main plot, that of different people connected in some way by a regular gathering and each having relationship or family problems, is fam ...

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Black Skies (Vintage)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Solid but not exceptional

I think that this book is one of a series but I didn’t feel that I needed to know anything that had gone before to enjoy this one. The story takes place when the detective Sigurdur Oli is asked to have a word with a couple who are attempting to blackmail a friend of a friend. When he arrives at their house he finds the woman dying and her assailant escaping. The story follows from there as he investigates ...

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Dear Amy: The Sunday Times Bestselling Psychological Thriller (Michael Joseph)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Well plotted suspense novel but not to my taste

Margot is a teacher at a Cambridge secondary school and also an agony aunt at the local paper. She begins to get letters which purport to be from a girl Bethan who disappeared many years ago. She takes them to the police because she is concerned about how they may be connected with the latest disappearance who is a pupil of hers. The police are not interested and discount the letters very easily but Margot ...

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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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The Cherry Pie Princess (Walker Books)

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

Not a Traditional Princess

This book has all the making of a traditional fairy tale - a king & queen with beautiful princess daughters waiting for the birth of a long awaited son. A lavish christening, fairy godmothers, a nasty old witch.............you get the gist? Then add into the story Peony a less that traditional princess who wants to learn things from books including how to cook and how to knit. Fortunately she is there to sa ...

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The Shadow Of The Wind (Phoenix)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

3 stars for enjoyment but 4 for the writing

The story is set in Barcelona in the 1950s and is a about love and jealousy and books. It starts with a touch of magical realism as ten year old Daniel comes with his father to the Cemetery of Lost Books where the caretaker gathers all the books with no owners in a labyrinth of rooms. Daniel chooses the book he wants and then becomes obsessed with its author and his life story. The novel follows Daniel in t ...

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Your Blue-Eyed Boy (Penguin)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Lost the plot - or at least I couldn't find one

Simone is a District judge who has accepted this position because her businessman husband is floundering in his career and doesn't seem much inclined to do anything about it. Simone is unhappy in her marriage, she dislikes the area to which they have moved and she doesn't enjoy her job. Into this unsettled and discontented life comes a reminder of her youth in the United States when she had a pleasurable su ...

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Orion)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Made me uncomfortable

This book is excellently written and its narrator is a sarcastic, humorous realist who also happens to be a serial killer. He describes himself as a monster and it is obvious that he feels few connections to the world yet the author intends that we like Dexter which we do in spite of himself rather than because of who he is. There is always the feeling, despite the fact that Dexter is the narrator, that he ...

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What Lot's Wife Saw (Black and White Publishing)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Difficult to understand

It is very difficult to describe the plot and style of “What Lot’s Wife Saw” by Ioanna Bourazopoulou and translated from the Greek by Yannis Panas. I found it almost impenetrable for the first few chapters and then strangely compelling but it is a long book and I don’t think that I would have persevered to the end had it not been for the fact that I was reading it for a challenge. Although the book ...

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Inspector Hobbes and the Bones: Cozy Mystery Comedy Crime Fantasy: Volume 4 (unhuman) (The Witcherley Book Company)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Unfunny Puns and Slapstick

This is a lightweight detective mystery with some fantasy characters including the eponymous Inspector Hobbes. Andy Caplet's wife has gone away for a while and he gets made homeless following a storm. He ends up staying with his friend Inspector Hobbes and gets caught up in an investigation into some bones. I really struggled with this book. The main problem was the humour. The humour was not clever but r ...

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A Life Between Us (Matador)

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

Lots of Threads but It All Comes Together

This is quite a complex story with several threads all coming together at the end. Essentially it is the story of three time periods in one family's history. We meet the older Thornton generation just as the final brother, William, is being born. The only daughter, Lucia, is six years old and not at all happy that there is a new baby. We follow Lucia and her brothers throughout the book until their old age. ...

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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure (Walker Books)

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

Great Early Chapter Book

This is a fun story about a small badger called Bill who gets kidnapped by two old women who want him to fight dogs. Add into the mix some unhappy llamas and quite strange Uncle Shawn who has a plan! This is a fun story which is ideal for children who are just progressing onto chapter books. There are line drawings throughout the book usually at least one on each page opening.  Each chapter has a short pr ...

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