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Below Zero, but is it below average?

Advantages: Easy read, likeable characters, not too complicated
Disadvantages: Not the most exciting read

...the works of CJ Box. I think I picked it out because it was an offer on the Kindle, and because I was curious, as Box is a prolific author and I see his books around all the time. The one I ended up reading was called Below ...

Essexgirl2006 19.05.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Below Zero - CJ Box

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Hiss and Hers - more of a miss in my opinion

Advantages: Free download, kept my attention when I was bored
Disadvantages: Main character annoying, story very short and found it hard to follow

...A friend of mine had recommended this series of books a while ago, but I only got round to discovering the series recently, and that was partly because I got the book free with a Galaxy chocolate promotion. The Book Agatha Raisin is a 50 somethi ...

euphie 05.05.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Agatha Raisin Hiss and Hers - M.C. Beaton

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Check Mate, You're Dead

Advantages: Original premise, great characterisation, well written, keeps you guessing
Disadvantages: Quite a lot of chess-related knowledge comes in to play

I don't recall having read any books by Daniel Blake previously, but I was curious having come across the cover in the library a few weeks ago. Luckily enough, I've managed to find a new author I'm definitely going to be checking out in future. It was an ...

gothic_moon 30.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of White Death - Daniel Blake

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A main dish of noir with a side serving of crime

Advantages: distinctive narrative voice, good example of noir fiction
Disadvantages: not much crime solving, some may dislike style and / or bad language

I like narratives with a distinctive voice. That said, I find narrators with a truly distinctive voice can take a bit of getting used to. My first perusal of the opening pages of Ken Bruen's 'Purgatory' didn't inspire me to read further and I let most of ...

brokenangelkisses 20.10.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Purgatory - Ken Bruen

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Why would suicide need a witness?

Advantages: Atmospheric, story develops logically
Disadvantages: Some readers may prefer more crime solving and less chat

I'm always interested in the reasons writers choose to adopt pseudonyms. Crime novelist Agatha Christie published six "romance" novels as Mary Westmacott; adult sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov wrote a series of YA novels as Paul French; and, of course, Harry P ...

brokenangelkisses 09.11.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Vengeance - Benjamin Black

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