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Quality plot

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-20

The cover and title make this book look like a cozy murder mystery, but the plot is more sophisticated and compelling, dealing with environmental destruction and the cultural difficulties in Malaysia. Looking forward to more.

A masterclass in dramatic irony

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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: 22-04-20

This early example of multiple narratives is perfect for the subject matter of clashing cultures. I have read a lot of Australian colonial stories, and feel this writer has really understood and dealt with the invasion of Australia in a very nuanced way. I would have preferred a few more voice actors, as a few of the characters sounded too alike, but this is nit picking.

Amazing Women

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-20

I do love these books that tell a familiar tale from an alternative viewpoint. The story of these women is very interesting, going from horrendous travel conditions to being in lock down during the Indian uprisings. Well worth a listen.

Top quality

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-20

I have also read the Booker Prize winning ‘Troubles’ by Farrell, and think this one to be even better! Such a well written close examination of the changes that occur on a personal level during a war. I enjoyed this very much.

Too many murders

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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: 09-02-20

This book had way too many murders for my liking (although that is often the case in medieval murder mysteries). Also, there was not enough to hint at who the murderer was, if you like to try and work it out yourself.

Lacks focus

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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: 21-01-20

This poorly titled book is really a wandering tale of various Elizabethan issues, particularly early colonialism. Whilst some of the information is very interesting indeed, the monotone narrator and haphazard structure proved too much for me.

Subtle and fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I love how subtle Angela Thirkell has been with her comments on gender inequality here. For example Mrs Thirrell is obviously the brains of the family with all her published textbooks, but is still expected to be a good housekeeper. Don’t be put off by this though, it isn’t at all aggressive feminist commentary. Much like Jane Austen it is first and foremost a great story with engaging characters. I‘M going to listen to more!

Very authentic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-19

I love this series of mysteries, set in colonial Australia. They have a very authentic feel of time and place. I also like the way the mystery reveals itself as you go along, rather than the traditional ‘reveal all at the end’ type made popular by Agatha Christie etc. If you are reading this and are interested, start with book 1!

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Wish it was longer

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-19

This was an excellent Series in a quiet little way. The three very charismatic lead performers will leave you wanting more. Don’t expect tonnes of comedy or huge tension, just gentle comedy and historical atmosphere.

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Put off by accents

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-19

I enjoyed these dramatisations overall, but was slightly put off by the regional British accents. Whilst I didn’t expect (or even want) real or put on Russian accents, a little less extreme (Stalin was Scottish) would have been easier to ignore.

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