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Claire Kendall-Price

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Swap Team 3 on Holiday

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

Reviewed: 03-02-20

The first not itching to know what's next. I miss Sinful. Good, but 4.5stars really.

Oh Dear, No, No, NO!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-19

I had hoped that this, the second book in the series, would be more mature and believable than the first. Oh dear me no!
The two main characters are now living together, unmarried. This would have been perfectly scandalous at the time, but no one seems to bat an eyelid. There is no intimacy between, she is just as annoying, he as stupid.
Such a shame, as it was a pretty interesting premise for a series.
I am so sorry, but this is a badly written, over explained, naively drawn novel. And even though I only staggered through a tiny portion of the book, that will be an hour and a half of my life I will never get back.

A Good Start to a New Series

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

A period murder mystery that could be called Cozy, as there are no ghastly descriptions, no profanities and main character is a "jolly good egg".

One of those novels that is slightly clunky, with a little stretch of imagination required in places owing to the time in which it is set, BUT I am sure will find it's feet and be an interesting series of books.
Not very deep, so good for a long drive where masses of concentration for facts is required.

(Well read, but personally I wish narrators would pronounce it correctly - [Police] CONstable, not cunstable.)

Total Disappointment. Nothing Like the Others.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

Set in 60s. Emma is married to Edgar, has 3 children, and is bored. (Note: after 10 mins, so was I.) This is a book about Emma being bored and frustrated.
It has none if the fun and wonderful characters of the Variety Landladies, the back stage and on stage trickery of the magicians.
Editing of writing was patchy as it kept reminding us of the same things, which was totally unnecessary.
Yes, this book does have Max in (and Ruby), but he is no longer a magician, but is rather boring and middle aged.
It has a murder, but it is not about The Magic Men at all.
I feel very disappointed and misled about the book.

I want Elly Griffiths to go back to the 50s, to seaside landladies, Max romancing all sorts of women, the Magic Men using tricks and misdirection to solve mysteries.

If Emma does become a private detective, the original premise for the series has vanished. And along with it a number of readers.

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Not a Patch on the Miss Fortune Series.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-19

Having run out of the Miss Fortune series, I thought I would try another by the same author.
Yes, there are 'gators, bayous, a cafe, a baddie, a sheriff, a deputy, a DA agent and Paster Don...but that's about it.
The characters are thinly drawn, the female lead is not credible (my daughter who was listening with me, kept saying, "Yeah, right!", when more of her backstory came out.
Couple of er, 'graphic scenes' between the lead female and lead male, which read awkwardly in the context.
Feels like something the author wrote in her teens, or is a set of notes for a proper book.
Stick to Miss Fortune series, and long may she continue!

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Very Slow and Very Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-19

A very long winded book. One of the few I have failed to finish. I know the New Forest well, so was looking forward to listening to this book.
The descriptions of the Forest were much better and more thorough than that of the people.
It is a patchy novel that did not hold my interest. The characters were shallow and the first section of the story seemed to have such an incredibly rushed ending, I felt rather short changed.
I will not be trying any more of the author's books.

For Me, Not as Good as Others

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-19

I did not enjoy this as much as the York based books. There was v v little diect interplay between Owen and Lucy, and this is one of the strengths of other stories. 99.9% of the book they were apart, and I felt it lacked the cohesiveness found elsewhere in the series.

Funny, and Clever Title as Fortune is an ex Spook!

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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: 29-09-19

Halloween is just not that big in England, but after hearing the activities they had arranged in Sinful, I wish it was. I know it's a story, but the Halloween celebrations must have some basis in fact.
As usual Gertie gets everyone in trouble, Idabelle gets practical and Fortune gets the bad guy.
Plenty of twists and turns along the way, but enough clues to make you realise you got part of it right.
I like the way Fortune and Carter's romantic friendship is never soppy, or downright 'descriptive'.
All the books seem to have been planned with an overarching storyline as things from a couple of books back pop up, and as Emmeline's new friend turns up at the start and very end of this story, I'm betting they play a bigger part in stories to come.

Another Good Yarn from Cherringham.

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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: 08-08-19

Sarah and Jack, an aged Horror actor, a little suspension of disbelief, and you have another Cherringham mystery solved.

Cassandra Harris Makes Sinful Believable....Again!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Sinful's own Three Musketeers (3Ms)are at it again! When an unpopular resident dies and Ally is blamed, they kick into action (along with Gerties purse/handbag) and set out to find the culprit.
Carter is there (but no emotional hoo-ha) and I am starting to like him a lot more. He is becoming more three dimensional, and not just a foil for Fortune. And yes, he still turns up right on cue when the 3Ms are in major trouble, have caught someone suspect, or are about to delve into the shadier side of things.
Celia is so objectionable her reaction to finding out Fortune is not SandySue is a classic.
Deputy Bro/Brogh/Brow (sorry, Audible version, so don't know correct spelling) also has one scene that shows his character a little more.

Cassandra Harris is the most fabulous narrator. Each character has a different and believable voice. How she manages the multiperson conversations I will never know. Such a talented lady and without whom, I would not want to listen to any more of the series. Full Stop.

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