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D. J. Wilkinson

Oxford UK
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I hadn’t realised

I hadn’t realised that it was possible for this series to get any better? It just did. I loved this continuing chronicle of Cato and Macro. Top marks ... and so on to the next one!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Nice twists and turns but...

I enjoyed this book. I’m not usually a fan of crime Novak’s but this is an engaging and captivating story with some nice twists and turns.
However it took me a while to get used to the narrator whose voice is somewhere north of Marvin the Depressed Android.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-18

Murder most gentle!

I love these books. Beautifully written and researched, they conjure up the Middle Ages and Oxford wonderfully. Brilliant series. I really don’t want them to end.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Breathtaking pace

This book left me exhausted! Fast paced crime thriller from an author who has really grown on me.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Mildly entertaining but...

There was an old advert where people took a blind taste test of Pepsi or Coke. People took a sip of each and declared their preference. 8 out of ten people said they preferred Pepsi and yet most people drink coke. It turns out in a sip test Pepsi tastes better, but when faced with a full glass the sweetness of Pepsi is too much. Giles and Mary are like the Pepsi sip test. Great on Gogglebox in small sips, pedestrian in the extreme in larger doses. Their life is every bit as small and mundane as you might have expected.
A mildly entertaining book but I couldn’t finish a whole one thank you. Stilted reading by Giles and Mary based on stiles writing.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Great character great book

I like bed every second of this book. This is only the second murder mystery book I have ever read and I have to say Simon Kernick has it spot on. I am now hooked. Recommended

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-18

I don’t normally listen to crime novels...

This book came up as a special deal and I bought it by accident. What a great find! I am now working my way through Kernick’s books with great enthusiasm.
A really cool mystery with attending murders, twists and turns. Recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

A great little book but

I loved many of the routine / rituals in this book and have started to use them. I definitely feel that they are helping me get better balance and be more focused.
The but:
I wish books would just get on with it rather than padding it out with chapters of how this book will change your life sales talk up front. I’ve already bought the book - now show me what you have!
Once you get past that there is some good stuff here.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Interesting & useful concepts, but...

The basic premise behind this book is interesting, useful and practical. We could all do with more of a nudge. If you are in business understanding the concepts and ideas in this book will be invaluable...
However the really painfully detailed, lengthy accounts and examples that make up the bulk of this book ad-tedium feel like someone trying to pad out a book from of a few ideas.
Be prepared to hit the fast forward button for large parts of this book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-18

A lovely tale set in a wonderful place

Oxford is one of my favourite places on the planet. History is a passion. Literature is a calling. Having all three beautifully woven together in a delightful murder mystery is a delight. A lovely listen and I am now looking forward to the rest of the series with relish. If you too love Oxford and or history you will find this exquisitely researched book a delight.

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