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A Stretch Too Far for Hamish Macbeth

Advantages: It's a Hamish Macbeth book
Disadvantages: It's possibly the worst of the Hamish Macbeth books

Marion Chesney (under the name M C Beaton) has been writing cosy crime novels about the Scottish village of Lochdubh and its policeman, Hamish Macbeth, since 1985. Since that first book, Death of a Gossip, she’s produced books titled Death of a… at th ...

sharper_fin 05.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Death of a Kingfisher - M. C. Beaton

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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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