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Paula McMullan

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Absolutely brilliant! Can't praise highly enough

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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: 27-06-20

Jackson Lamb and the Slow Horses are inspired creations for the modern world of spying. Mick Herron's prose is in turns lyrical and and pithy. I hope he carries on writing because I really don't want to get to the end of this series.

Ripping spy yarn

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

Reviewed: 29-04-20

Tom Bradby doesn't disappoint with this fast- moving tale of modern day espionage, although it would have been improved with less navel-gazing about the main character's stroppy teenagers.
Juliet Aubrey's slow motion narrative grates after a while and I guessed who Viper was half way through, but still a very enjoyable book.

Very ordinary story

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

Reviewed: 15-04-20

This story never really took off. it was over almost as soon as it began and and the themes were rather hackneyed. Bit of a waste of time really.

Intriguing until two-thirds of the way through

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

I read the reviews and decided to give this a go having read a previous Peter clines book and and enjoyed it. this was great while the mystery lasted but as soon as we find out what's going on on I lost interest because the story descended into to rather formulaic plot.

This might be getting to the end of Bernie Gunther

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

As always Jeff Harding delivers a compelling narration, but the story is somewhat thin and doesn't have much action. I read recently that Philip Kerr has now finished the Bernie Gunther story arc and you can tell he's running out of steam.

Rollicking rollercoaster of a tale

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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: 08-04-20

Ken Follett is a master story teller and this one is fantastic! He deftly weaves his characters into the history of the time and creates suspense every step of the way

Absolutely brilliant spook stuff!!

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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: 25-02-20

The comparison with Le Carré is well deserved and, dare I say it, better than some of JLC's later works. Bear with the slow set-up. It moves at a cracking pace from about a third of the way in and is full of twists and turns. Can't wait to read the next one.

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 18-02-20

This would have been so much better if the narrator haven't tried to mimic Michael Caine. His halting narrative was really irritating which is a shame because his characterisation in dialogue was great. The story itself was very boring and I didn't care about any of the characters! Such a shame because Len Deighton's later work is exceptional.

Cosy crime to send you to sleep

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

Reviewed: 18-02-20

This was my first Lady Hardcastle read and it was pleasant enough and I will read again another. I tend to listen to these kind of books before I'm going to bed to get me in a nice relaxed mood! The plot was pretty thin and the characters two-dimensional, but the relationship between lady Hardcastle and her maid is amusing.

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Disappointing story that fizzles out half way

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-20

I've got used to Richard Armitage's deadpan delivery of a narrative, and he does do a good job on characterisation. but this story was just plain dull. Even the main protagonist who was supposed to be very scary was absent for most of it. I do like Jackman and and Evans but I really hope the next story packs more punch.