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Everything including the kitchen sink and a bit more for good lunch

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

Reviewed: 05-06-20

Just a big mess. The world building is terrible. The set up leaves too many strands and main characters just don’t grab you.

One of the best so far

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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: 04-06-20

This series is pretty light and entertaining (not to damn it with faint praise!) but this book is definitely one of the strongest in terms of plot and character development. Very enjoyable.

Better than Wolf Hall

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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: 03-06-20

I’m not a huge fan of Hilary Mantel but this is a work of immense power, erudition and emotion. The characters, all pretty appalling in their own small or huge ways, are real and draw you in. Knowing how it ends doesn’t stop you hoping it won’t.

Enjoyable tosh

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

Reviewed: 30-05-20

I just can’t work out what the authors trying to do with these books but I find myself reading them just for a laugh. So much about them is risible (where do I even start on their nighttime visit to the British Museum stores?) and I’ve mentioned before that the male protagonist is the thickest man on the planet (it’s revealed here that he went to Sandhurst and I’m too lazy to work that into a joke).
Anyway, laughably bad but a guilty pleasure.

Confirms to type

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

Reviewed: 29-05-20

I think I may have read too many of this genre now. Mystery man, bunch of assistants, evil enemy. Lots of wandering and a dragon. It’s not that it’s badly written (although I wasn’t very impressed with the narrator’s characterisations-everyone sounded a bit samey) just that it didn’t stand out from many similar books.

Oh dear me no

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

Reviewed: 23-05-20

What utter tosh. Simplistic, trite and silly. Our heroine is thick as a plank, the hero a bully and borderline abusive. Be warned too, disability is portrayed as a tasteless plot device and old, offensive language used throughout.

Cookery and war crimes.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-20

I was worried that a book with recipes in would be a bit twee and annoying but they turned out to be more than just a gimmick, instead acting as scene setters and highlighting individuals. Nicely done in an intelligent and uncompromising thriller.

Can only make us wonder what more Philip Kerr could have done.

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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: 20-05-20

Kerr’s untimely death robbed his readers of who knows how many more great books. This one plays fast and loose with history and with the notions of fact, image and storytelling. Real people pop up but that doesn’t mean the story is. It’s done in a subtle and amusing way though.

Timely

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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: 18-05-20

Obviously rushed out to be relevant this feels like a book that was nearly finished then rushed. The editing of the audio leaves a bit to be desired but it’s an interesting idea.

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-05-20

Well that was fun. Appealing characters, an interesting plot with a couple of red herrings and well narrated. Hope there are more to come.