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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
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Review of Doing Wrong - H. R. F. Keating

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A poem of the wind and the trees.

Advantages: Pretty funny, short
Disadvantages: Non-ending, may be dull to some people, other matters of taste

Haruki Murakami is one of the most famous Japanese authors ever, having achieved fame both in his home country and across the world. The Guardian described him on the cover of Norwegian Wood as "one of the world's most important living novelists". As capt ...

mi_wa 20.04.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Hear The Wind Sing - Haruki Murakami

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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
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Review of Nine Lives - Bernice Rubens

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Sentenced to Life

Advantages: Compelling, dark, complex characters
Disadvantages: May not appeal to you if you don't like black comedy

...On the day of her retirement, Jean Hawkins is presented by her work colleagues with a leaving present, a 5 year diary. Having intended to commit suicide on her return home, this gift rather puts a spanner in the works. Miss Hawkins has spent her entire ...

moistbabe 08.09.2013 · Read full review
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Review of A Five Year Sentence - Bernice Rubens

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A timeless tale

Advantages: Great read
Disadvantages: none

I love Lisa Jewell's style of writing and always look forward to her new books with relish. I've just read her latest book, 'Before I Met You', and I have enjoyed it just as much as all her others. What I particularly liked though was the fact that it w ...

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Review of Before I Met You - Lisa Jewell

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