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Venetian Blind

Advantages: A superbly-written detective novel.
Disadvantages: The ending is not as strong as the rest of the plot.

I've long been a fan of detective novels and particularly of the "police procedurals" type. That's the one where the gallant, over-worked policeman sets out to solve the mystery and generally does so, despite the hindrances provided by his colleagues and ...

SueMagee 14.10.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin

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General Comment on Aurelio Zen series

Advantages: excellently plotted, strong characters, amazing sense of Italy
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Zen is my kind of detective, lazy, corrupt on occasions and trying to do the minimum amount of work possible while still being a generally likable good guy. Dibdin has a wry humour and one of he things I really love about the books is they cn make me laug ...

ajordan15 26.07.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin

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Murders in Glasgow (pre-Taggart!)

Advantages: Readable and interesting
Disadvantages: Wasn't too keen on the first story

Square Mile of Murder is a book that was written in 1961 by journalist Jack House, I have to say that the tattered copy I picked up on an internet auction for next to nothing looked a little worse for wear than the one in this picture! The boo ...

dangaroo 23.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Square Mile of Murder - Jack House

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Nothing to Lose - except a bit of time maybe?

Advantages: Ok for a casual read
Disadvantages: Not up to usual standards

I am a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. I was expecting better things from this one. In my opinion the story line seemed to take an eternity to get going, and in places when Jack was using his muscle, as in all the books the writing was ok, but ...

honeygmonster 24.07.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Nothing to Lose - Lee Child

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The Gypsies in Long Farnden

Advantages: Interesting initial concept
Disadvantages: Slow moving story that meandered along.

Synopsis of the book: Josie Meade’s comfortable life in the village of Long Farnden is shattered when her boyfriend Rob is found very badly beaten after a night drinking. Admittedly there relationship was in trouble and he had left her angry and ...

CPTDANIELS 12.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Tragedy At Two - Ann Purser

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