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Ep. 9: Rectangles cover art

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-20

My favourite of the lot because it links the human and the animal so cleverly.

An average story with interesting historical detail

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-20

I found this story explored aspects of history i was not familiar with and which interested me however as a novel I just found it a bit bland re characterisations and the sense of adventure slightly lacking - it will not stick with me longterm as one of my top reads. Perhaps if you like me half dabble in extra canonical Holmes stories it might be worth reading to see if you get on with the series: if yes then great you have more to read - i don’t think i will bother with the rest of the series given my massive to read list.

Slightly too twisty

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Unfortunately it would give a non too small part of the book’s the game away to describe what annoyed me about it however just to say that there is a massive flaw in a main plot twist which medical people will pick up on and probably most other readers who are interested in biology will too. If you don’t spot the error then the book will be a good read however for me, when i noticed it, that was the end of my suspended disbelief. I felt like the author had tried too hard to make things interesting and in the process messed up a central plot driver which if you are going to chose that topic as the main driver you should do your basic homework on it!

Thought provoking and broud

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-18

This was a really interesting blend of biology and philosophy. I learnt quite a bit about both and my empathy for octopuses and cuttle fishes has got a boost.

Clever short crime

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-18

It was a good locked room type misery. I know the main characters so it probably helped my enjoyment. ( worth taking a look at main series if you liked it as similar style but compacted) I have read quite a lot of crime but had not come across quite this idea as a solution so it was pleasingly novel for me. Not sure if everything was completely plausible but was short and sweet.

Looking forward to reading next one

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-18

This book is one of an increasing number in my collection to have a horror magic detective cross over mashup. The good thing about this book is how simple I found it to get caught up in. The main characters and narrator are easy to like and the story is roles along without too much effort. Worth a look!

Gessed the murder from near the start but do not care

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I really liked this book because it seemed like there were a lot of themes explored in it that were sensitively and well handled. I was less quick to like some of the most resent books in the series i think because for what ever reason the motives and the behaviour of the people in the stories and their actions did not quite become coherent and there seemed to be some misery for misery sake (fear in the sunlight comes to mind) (i know i know i am an avid listener to crime fiction so glass houses perhaps) however by comparison though very dark this book avoided being that way. As for guessing who did i am still sticking up for the book as it was a powerful motive and i did not see the exact reason why. If it helps get a feel of what guessing the murder means to me in terms of a book it usually spells doom and i often don't bother to read all the way but jut flip to the end. I have to like and be interested in the people and if your like me then you may well wish to give this book a go. I do have one competing interest in that i lived in cambridge for a wile and it had that added fun of recognising locations but on the flip side i love and have visited portmarion many times and that did not make me feel very well disposed to the book set there.

Great Sherlock romp

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I liked the style of this story. The dialogues between Watson and Sherlock had an amusing and some times snarky style and I liked the turns of phrase. I think there were a few slightly far fetch pieces of deduction ( ie it would not have been as elementary a leap of logic) and the chronology was a little bit unclear however it was a fun weaving together type of plot and did not feel stiff and only a little contrived. It seems the author has an affection for Sherlock and Watson and since I do too I was happy to be lead along to the end. See what you think.

Unusual Pronunciation

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I like the series and on the whole got on ok with the narrator however i was really confused at points by some of the pronunciation choices. Left me wondering if it was a slightly off accent attempt. I prioritises story over voice so it was not too irritating and perhaps people really did in the upper aristocracy of the time say peeq when they were saying the word piqueete. Worth listening to the sample to double check if you will get on with the voice.

More of Sherlock and Watson

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-16

I am not an expert in Sherlock and Conan Doyal but I liked the feel of these non conical tails and the voice sounded like a fair Watson to me with the narrator having an easy to listen to voice so that I enjoyed them a lot as with the other stories in the other books.