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Smile and be a Villain (A Dorothy Martin Mystery) (Severn House Paperbacks Ltd)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Pretty ordinary

This book is obviously one of a series featuring a retired couple where the husband is an ex-police officer. I haven't read any of the others but I didn't feel that I missed out on anything important to the plot. Alan and Dorothy are holidaying in Alderney (one of the Channel Islands) when they find a dead body ...

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Blood and Roses. The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century. (Faber and Faber)

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

Absolutely gripping

In this book the author brings to life Mediaeval England through a study of the Paston letters. The Pastons were an up and coming family of the time who wrote to each other a lot and whose preserved letters are a wonderful resource for scholars of the period. In this book the author works through the family history and shows us what life was like for some people who had land but w ...

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The Lying Game (Harvill Secker)

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

Plenty of Tension

Four schoolgirls are a close knit clique aged 16. Seventeen years later when one calls they all still go running - something still holds them together. In order to enjoy this book you need to accept that these girls had a friendship which meant dropping everything to help each other out - I mean everything. I am not sure that many people have such an intense friendship but it is central to this b ...

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Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World) (Walker Books Ltd)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Not That Easy to Use

This is the second book in the Harry Potter Film Projections series. Unfortunately, like its predecessor, I found this book a little difficult to use. The idea is that you shine a torch through the acetate pictures in the book and they project onto a wall or similar. Each picture has a small amount of text alongside it. There are six pictures in the book and an empty one at the end for you to mak ...

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They Came from Planet Zabalooloo! (Walker Books Ltd)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor English

Three aliens in a spaceship come to earth to get a "big-sized" thing to take back with them. They are rather strange aliens who seem to dance, take pictures and say "ooh la la". I actually found this book quite difficult to read. The whole book is narrated by one of the aliens in a style of poor english - "We got spaceship", "This is the chance". As a parent who spent a lot of time ensuring my ch ...

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Terrible, True Tales from the Tower of London: As told by the Ravens (Walker Books Ltd)

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

Gruesome Tales from the Tower of London

This is a beautifully presented book about the more gruesome side of the Tower of London. There is plenty of detail on beheadings, escapes, attacks and even the zoo. This is all told to us by the ravens from the Tower. At the end of each chapter is a little quiz just to help to stick information in the mind. Each page has illustrations in monchrome and red with many speech bubbles and captions mak ...

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A French Affair (Arrow)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Too slow for me

This is a novel about a family in crisis after the death of a girl when staying with family friends. Jessica was on the telephone to her daughter when she fell and she is sure that it wasn't just an accident but no one believes her. She visits her friends in France in order to ask some questions and as she does so she reveals secrets within both families which change her view of t ...

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Shadow Man (Hodder Paperbacks)

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

An exciting and gripping read

This book is definitely at the gorier end of suspense/crime writing and the author enjoys shocking the reader by thinking of more and more shocking things to happen to his characters, both physically and psychologically. I have to say that I find a lot of it rather unbelievable (are all serial killers really so clever, manipulative and focussed ?) but this is a gripping read from ...

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The Growing Season (Harvill Secker)

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

Lots to Consider

In the not very distant future technology has evolved a "pouch". This is essentially an external womb which can be worn by a man or woman or hung neatly on a stand. It is fed with bags of nutrients and even has a microphone so you can play music to the baby as it develops. Women are free from the shackles of giving birth with a pregnancy that can be equally enjoyed by men or women. Does this mean that women ...

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Year One (Chronicles of The One) (Piatkus)

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

Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

Post-apocalyptic science fiction meets urban fantasy in this book from the well respected author, Nora Roberts. The book begins with a perfectly ordinary family who start cold like symptoms which progress into a worldwide pandemic. People are dying in their millions, governments are falling and in some places anarchy reigns. This is not unlike many science fiction books of this nature. However, this book ...

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The Roanoke Girls: 'the most addictive thriller of the year' (Hodder Paperbacks)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lacked Suspense & Really Rather Grim

When Lane's Mother dies she goes to live with her grand-parents in fairly isolated small town in Kansas. The family have a secret and everyone is damaged. I have to start with a big positive about how well written this book is in terms of description. The vocabulary is great and the author really manages to conjure up pictures in the mind of the reader. I saw the run down, dusty town and the old rambling h ...

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Tales of Woodland Village Melissa Mouse (Austin Macauley Publishers)

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

Moral Story for Younger Children

Melissa Mouse is admiring her new dress when Frederick the Frog zooms past on a bike knocking her into a ditch. Despite this Melissa tries to help Frederick out of the pond where he is stuck. This isn't a particularly exciting or indepth story but it does have a good moral. Despite Frederick Frog making her dress dirty, Melissa Mouse does help him and in the end he does buy her a new one. There is plenty t ...

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