Latest reviews in Modern Fiction Books »

Whodunnit? Whydunnit? Oh who cares.

Advantages: A few interesting insights into Benares/Varanasi.
Disadvantages: No mystery and a plodding plot

Death and the Freedom Fighter When Mrs Shoba Popatkar, former government minister and well-known freedom fighter is found dead on the floor of her Bombay flat, the first policeman on the scene is happy to settle for the simple solution. He doesn’t qui ...

koshkha 05.04.2014 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Doing Wrong - H. R. F. Keating

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

More Black than Comedy

Advantages: Gripping, psychologically intriguing
Disadvantages: Disturbing, a bit repetitive in places

...Verine Dorricks is visiting her husband, Donald, in a high security prison. As always he greets her with, “I’m innocent, you know.” But Donald has been found guilty of the murder of ten people. Nine of them were psychotherapists and all victims were ga ...

moistbabe 18.09.2013 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Nine Lives - Bernice Rubens

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

A contemporary summer romance

Advantages: The idea
Disadvantages: A bit bland overall

About the book Nantucket Blue is a contemporary young adult novel by Leila Howland. It was published by Hyperion Books with a release date of 7th May. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an e-book for review through NetGalley. Plot Sy ...

linzee_loulabelle 06.04.2013 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Nantucket Blue - Leila Howland

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

Karen Maitland's medieval tales of woe - The Owl Killers

Advantages: A good and interesting story despite a couple of flaws
Disadvantages: Feels like the author doesn't quite know what angle they are coming from

2009’s The Owl Killers is probably British author Karen Maitland’s most famous novel, but having read three of her works now, to me it follows a rather familiar medieval and supernatural theme. I still preference her work Company of Liars which in addit ...

cr01 11.04.2015 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Owl Killers - Karen Maitland

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...

Equine backside comes up trumps

Advantages: A rollicking hilarious read.
Disadvantages: Not for the easily offende, very strong language, some sex.

What immediately sprang to my mind, after only a short way into the book, was the Chatsworth Estate and inhabitants (the television's Shameless one, not the Duke of Devonshire's), combined with some of the characters and an exaggerated policing style from ...

plod591 14.02.2008 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Horse's Arse - Charlie Owen

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to ...

How does it compare to ...