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Jill Besterman

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An Overdose of Whimsy

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

I gave up halfway - I find that I prefer some blood and guts to pseudo Olde English cuteness.

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Re-meeting an old friend!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

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It is many years since I first read this book and listening to the audible version, beautifully read by Jilly Bond, was an ideal way of revisiting the delightful story of the build-up to Christmas, experienced by a disparate group of characters in Cornwall. I enjoyed the story every bit as much the second time around.

The Unstimable Poirot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-17

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A longtime viewer of Poirot on TV I found these audible versions of his stories delightful and very true to the originals.

I gave up about halfway!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-17

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There is probably a decent story in here somewhere but I found that about halfway through I had tuned out and lost interest completely.

Really amusing!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

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The Lady outlines her struggles and a few (minor) triumphs in her battle with her husband, children, servants and the social mores of her times in England between the wars. Told amusingly and beautifully narrated, this book gave me several hours of sheer joy.

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Making a vailid point!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-17

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I have read many other, far better legal thrillers. I had little sympathy with either of the main characters, both of whom I found rather boring. However the book makes a valid point re the rehabilitation of criminals. The "hero", a convicted murderer, has served his time and now, having studied for a a law degree during his time in prison, is appointed to act as defence counsel in a murder trial, against a lot of opposition.

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A deliciously amusing tale of English village life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-17

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This book has been my introduction to the novels of Angela Thirkell and what a pleasure it has been. The main character, Laura, a contented long-time widow, lives with her youngest son, Tony, a high-spirited, very loquacious railway enthusiast (!), in Barsetshire, where she has a full and busy life, She is the author of a series of popular novels but is also deeply involved in the lives of those around her. There is some romance and a great deal of humour in her story which was beautifully narrated by Jilly Bond.

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Hamish goes from strength to strength

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-02-17

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Much as I enjoy Angela Raisin, Hamish Macbeth remains my favourite Beaton character. He once again outthinks the brains of Strathbane Police as he deals with deaths occurring after smuggling is suspected off the Sutherland coast, plus the continuing departmental struggles between his superiors, with the help of a new sidekick. Priscilla and Elspeth appear briefly but Hamish remains a bachelor, notwithstanding the efforts of the ladies of Lochdubh!

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The Frost Prequels

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

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As a long-time devotee of the R. D. Wingfield books about DI Frost I have enjoyed James Henry's prequels, this being the third in the series and the best so far. Henry has managed to capture the essence of life in the Denton Police Station and the characters of Jack Frost (and Superintendent Mullet !) ring true to those in the original books (being less sanitised than those in the TV series). I believe there is a fourth book in preparation and I look forward to reading it in due course.

Period mystery in India between the wars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

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My first book by Barbara Cleverly, certainly not the last. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Joe Sandilands as he investigated a strange series of deaths in an Indian military town in the period before Independence.

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