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Hume at his most annoying! Perhaps the victorians liked it, but the absurd drawing of one of the characters (Debby) got so irritating I almost abandoned the book. Good plot but nearly ruined by this characterisation. Very un-Hume-like!!
10/10/2013
What a delightful set of stories! Hume at his best. Not the usual 'whodunnit' style but plenty of puzzles and some great character descriptions. Recommended.
10/07/2013
Hume at his best....but what a shame he's put a great big spoiler in the title! Not like him at all. Keeps you guessing till the end though - very satisfying.
10/07/2013
Good well-paced story with a faintly ridiculous ending: a cop-out in fact! Made worse by the reader not being given the vital clues Ashton-Kirk had found to solve it, so no chance of working things out. Shame - the rest was good.
09/07/2013
Very, very dark by Hume's standards - the title is a good reflection of the content. Not so many twists or double identities as usual but the pervading gloom exists right to the end when everything turns out "all right" (an exaggeration - just a little lightening of the gloom). A good read though.
09/03/2013
It's like Marmite - you'll love it or absolutely hate it!
Personally I thought it was so deliciously ridiculous (all those parodies and clichés) that I really enjoyed it. It other words it was so bad it was brilliant!!
08/31/2013
Deliciously complicated! Virtually nobody is who they seem to be (sometimes twice over!)! So many twists and turns it makes Christie's The Mousetrap
08/28/2013
Glad I didn't read the spoiler (revealing Pratt) above before reading it. Shame on you for that (even the town's name is wrong.....)!!!
But, without the "benefit" of the description above, it's a great story - twists at the start, more in the middle then, when you've got it all sorted near the end, there's another great unexpected twist in the final chapter. Hume at his best. Recommended.
08/27/2013
Great first book by Hume. A bit too denigrating on the police perhaps but enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most devious mind. Very well-rounded characters. Fully recommended.
08/25/2013
This one outdoes Christie hands down! Even using the 'least likely person' principle you're still left missing the full answer. Totally absorbing. Fully recommended.
08/25/2013
Colin Falconer - Historical Romance in Spain's Golden Age
FEATURED AUTHOR - Colin Falconer has published twenty-six novels so far, and been lucky enough to have them translated into 23 languages. (Real ones too, not just Esperanto and cockney rhyming slang.) In between leaving school and securing his latest publishing deal, he found time to chase black witches across Mexico, travel the silk road, and occasionally play the guitar in bars. His only claim to fame from those days is completing all the verses of ‘All You Need is Love’ during a bar fight in the Stella Maris… Read more