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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Elusive and enigmatic

Justine Picardie does a good job of trying to get to the heart of this iconic individual. Many questions remain unanswered but there’s a feel for a lady who ensured no one would ever truly understand her essence. Interesting and I enjoyed it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Another masterpiece

The narration is outstanding. Balanced,convincing totally plausible. Really adds to the story.
This is not an action packed adventure. It’s far better, it explores relevant world tensions, good v bad, stereotypes, it’s packed with suspense leaving the reader unsure whose narrative is reliable. A real feel for the vagaries of Cold War espionage in recent years. Le Carré delivers another compelling insight into the murky workings of the world.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Trip down memory lane

Really enjoyed this. Numerous anecdotes from a respected music journo about his meetings and interviews with many famous names. Some Farr better than others. I was pleased to see that Gordon sumner was egocentric and affected even in his early Police days. Some fascinating snippets. Well read with interesting accents. Enjoyed this.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Implausible plot and irritating narration

This has all the elements of a great murder mystery; but it just doesn't work. I wasn't keen on the narrator whose range of voices and delivery was often irritating. The story centres on a possibility that a close family member has murdered someone. What I couldn't buy in to was the premise that the junior investigating officer failed to mention a connection. She effectively perverts the course of justice and the idea that blood is thicker than water didn't work.

The plotting is convoluted in part, particularly towards the end where other issues are brought in. It's contrived and trying to be too clever, particularly with the humour and relationships. And there's too much explanation of thoughts. I was disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Top rate King still on form

How can one person be in two places at the same time. Witnesses and dna evidence support the impossibility.

With a twisted plot, loads of convincing characters and a nod to the supernatural, this had me hooked right in and I really enjoyed it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Much more than courtroom drama

Recently discovered this series and I’m blown away by Steve Cavanagh’s storytelling.
Intelligent and plausible characters with interactions filled with tension. A developing back story with wife and child relationship and in terms of action, the pace is fast, the plotting twists and turns and I was breathless at times. Excellent delivery by narrator and some sardonic humour adds to the pleasure.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Superficial

Barely a taster. Very short chapters mostly rehash of well known stuff. Not impressed and returned for refund.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Neat addition

Loved this. Adds to the backstories but also an entertaining selection of stand alone tales.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Challenging issue explored with sensitivity

Outstanding narration throughout.

This starts off as a rural tale set in Ireland. Edna O’ Brian’s writing is so understated it’s difficult to see what’s coming as the story moves to violation and genocide. I enjoyed the complex narrative and it’s a thought provoking tale of betrayal, loss, love and deeper issues, based on fact, involving war crimes.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Complex plot

Saddened to learn of Philip Kerr’s death recently and sorry this series will end. His plotting is superb and the final scenes in this book had me holding my breath. The settings are amazing. With a clever mix of fact and fiction, I really felt that I’d travelled to Russia and was observing events. Gunther’s laconic style and humour shines and the narration throughout is excellent with a great mix of character voices. Really enjoyed this.

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