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Peterfox123

Joined May 2017

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You spent millions on CGI in that film. I read a book and the pictures in my head are way better.
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For non-UK readers, there‘s a real place in England called Nottingham. There are some small villages around it and, my word the goings on! Disappearances, infidelities, accidents, murders: all kinds of mysteries! It must be quite a place to live.

At one point some of the characters go to a more northern town called Chesterfield. That‘s real too. No murders there in this book though.

I enjoyed reading this but I‘m a bit scared of Nottingham now.

TrishB Don‘t say that- my daughter is at uni there 😁 8mo
Peterfox123 @TrishB My daughter went to the theatre college there for three years and came away unscathed! 😁 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one .. I‘m going to try a sample on kindle 👍🏻 8mo
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I had it as an audiobook. Would recommend as maybe a 7/10. 8mo
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I‘m yet to be disappointed by John Boyne. A mixture of aristocratic generational conflict, ethical legal questions, the abdication drama and, sorry if I forgot, the odd robbery and murder there‘s plenty to get stuck into here. Is that not enough? My goodness you‘re hard to please! I pride myself on spotting the twists and shocks in the road ahead plot-wise but I missed this one.

kspenmoll This sounds intriguing. Loved 2y
Peterfox123 @kspenmoll I loved that too. 2y
scottsunderg66 What did you spend most of your time doing today? Are there any books you would recommend for me to read?.. 13mo
scottsunderg66 Hi friend I'm glad to meet you here.. well I'm new here and still trying my best to understand Litsy Lol 😂 but I'd want to be friends with you... Get back to me by respond hi to my Gmail.. scottsundberg56@gmail.com 13mo
Peterfox123 @scottsunderg66 I think the best thing to do is read down the books I‘ve commented on to get some recommendations. That and the homepage to see what other people are enjoying. 13mo
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Dead Head | C. J. Skuse
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😂😂😂

Nute lol 2y
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Dead Head | C. J. Skuse
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LOOK WHAT LANDED IN THE INTERIOR OF MY INBOX ON ITS PUBLICATION DAY!

IT‘S ONLY THE THIRD BOOK IN THE THREE BOOK TRILOGY ABOUT RHIANNON WHO DOES KILLINGS AND I‘M GOING TO READ IT ALL INTO MY FACE.

Sorry about the shouts. Excited.

julesG GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK HERE ON LITSY! 😁 2y
Peterfox123 @julesG Thank you! 2y
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I enjoyed this. Really I enjoyed this and I recommend it as a light and pleasant diversion. I do find myself reflecting more on the negatives though.
The description of an abandoned child fending for herself in the marshes is powerful enough to grip the reader. Her disappointments and loneliness are equally raw. The narrative then morphs into a predictable court case and a somewhat trite conclusion.
Ultimately it feels like a missed opportunity.

SamAnne It was a mixed bag for me too. 2y
Peterfox123 @SamAnne Glad it wasn‘t just me. 2y
SamAnne @Peterfox123 I had some of the same criticisms as you, plus it was too unbelievable that the main character quickly learns to read science and biology books, in a matter of a couple months, when she‘s not gone to school. I‘m the only one in my book club that didn‘t love love love it. 2y
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Peterfox123 @SamAnne Absolutely agree. I think there was far more potential in the narrative surrounding an abandoned child surviving alone. The other plot device that was ultimately skipped over was Tate‘s staying away for so long. Never seemed to be adequately explained. (edited) 2y
JoppaThoughts So much potential! But the ending just felt cheap. 2y
Peterfox123 @JoppaThoughts Agree with you. The idea just wasn‘t sustained. 2y
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The horrors wrought by the Catholic church on vulnerable children are still being dragged into the daylight. The subtlety and balance Boyne brings to bear on this enduring issue makes this book all the more powerful. Sympathy - in its true sense - for the pressures, social norms and conventions which allowed abuse to continue makes the narrative compelling. A tragedy leading to a lifetime in the priesthood and ultimately to understanding. Superb.

Nute Excellent review! John Boyne is a phenomenal writer. I agree with you that he has a gift for approaching sensitive story-matter with a great degree of subtlety keeping the reader invested in tragic circumstances. He‘s an auto-buy author for me! 2y
Peterfox123 @Nute Thank you. I only found him a couple of years ago and I have yet to be even slightly disappointed by anything of his I‘ve read. 2y
Nute He‘s a prolific writer. It seems that both you and I are in for a long-standing treat!🤗 2y
Peterfox123 @Nute Oh yes! 👍 2y
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Killing Eve: Die for Me | Luke Jennings
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I‘ve just finished this as an Audible audiobook. Villanelle does some very naughty murders. She really is a proper little scamp. There‘s an awful lot of lady-on-lady-Villanelle-on-Eve bonking shenanigans. An awful lot. But that isn‘t the only good thing about the book.

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 A+ review. 2y
Peterfox123 @MicheleinPhilly 😁 Thank you! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage We‘ve been loving the series. Now I want to read these! 2y
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Peterfox123 @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘d definitely recommend them. You‘ll see the elements that were picked up in the TV plot lines but the differences in the books just give you more to enjoy. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Peterfox123 Just as I‘d expect! Thanks. 2y
Ms_T 😂😂😂 2y
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I may have posted about this short book before. I‘m old. My memory is poor. This is a truly hidden gem of satire. Ride the convoluted sentences until you absorb Carp‘s pomposity. Unravel his self-justifications until you take his measure. Then laugh. Here is a joy. How many acquaintances and public figures are a little too Carp? If you like Diary of a Nobody this is definitely for you. I read this at least once a year. Thank me later.

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Covenant with Death | John Harris
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For anyone who wants to understand the motivations and emotions of ordinary men who answered Kitchener‘s call for volunteers, this is an incredible tale. Told by a young man who enlisted in one of the “Pals‘ Battalions” we experience the realities of his service. It‘s a rounded tale which takes us into their lives back home. Read it and you‘ll never again cloud your judgement with misplaced romanticism about the realities of wasteful conflict.

Ms_T Very nice review 👍🏻 3y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Thank you! 3y
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Really enjoying this. Atwood has skilfully portrayed the ingratitude of Gilead‘s womenfolk as their enlightened menfolk attempt to make due allowance for the mental and physical frailty of females. Refusing to accept their natural limitations and consequently a lower position in society‘s hierarchy, the women try to frustrate the goodwill and wisdom of their natural superiors...
What?
You‘re glaring.
Gosh that‘s a very angry face.
Oh.
Sorry.

Ms_T Always stirring the pot, Foxy.... 3y
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The Dragon Tattoo trilogy remain an utter joy. The strength of the Salander character would, you might think, be enough to fuel a dozen subsequent books.

But no. The previous two Lagercrantz novels in the series were grindingly disappointing and I waited for this latest with hesitation. Could it fall short again?

Oh my days, it really could. Woeful is too high praise for these meandering pages searching in vain of a plot. Stop doing this David.

Ms_T Oh dear, I really liked it 😧 3y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T No need to apologise. We all have different opinions...it‘s just that I‘M RIGHT. 😁 3y
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The Island | Victoria Hislop
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I read this book mainly on a sunbed in Crete. Too far from Spinalonga to visit but it was rendered easy enough to enter the small communities this book portrays. Almost unremittingly sad, with only brief episodes of relief. Overall a delightful read but too often, for me, the book was loosely written. For such an emotional narrative I felt the author was guilty of skating over significant episodes. Still very enjoyable.

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I‘ve been thinking of getting this one 3y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I‘d certainly recommend it. It‘s just there were occasions where I felt the author left me feeling slightly shortchanged. 3y
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The Island | Victoria Hislop
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To be utterly frank, this has so far proved a letdown. I was looking to enjoying a lighthearted ramble through a tale of Irish folklore and magic. Several chapters in and still no appearance of a single mischievous mythical pot-of-gold owner. Where are the leprechauns?

What?

Really?

Oh.

In that case it‘s all rather good.

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The Island | Victoria Hislop
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Very taxing day planned having arrived in Crete. It will include food, some walking around and probably some more food. Also starting this as I rigorously test the sunbed by the pool. We‘re too far away to visit Spiralonga which is a part of this book but we do have the food as compensation remember?

Cathythoughts Enjoy! Crete ♥️... one of my favorite places on earth 3y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Thank you! It‘s our first visit and we‘re really impressed. 3y
Lcsmcat Don‘t wear yourself out with your taxing day. Try to take a break now and then. 😉 3y
Peterfox123 @Lcsmcat Thank you. I should possibly scale back on the more ambitious plans. 😁 3y
Ms_T Enjoy the holiday and the book! 3y
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No Tomorrow | Luke Jennings
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...aaaand that‘s book two in the trilogy tucked away. The narrative will be recognisable in a general sense to anyone who, like me, arrived here via the TV series. It is however very different. Best lines were, naturally, delivered by Villanelle: “You‘re going to have such a pretty entry wound” and “Now, look dead”. She really is a little scamp!

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Having been addicted to and delighted by the two TV adaptations of this trilogy, heading for the original books was too tempting. Another dose of Villanelle, see? This book has a number of “Ah, I see how they used that on TV moments!” But overall it‘s different enough to hit the spot. I never fully bought into Eve‘s obsession with the assassin on TV but her character is more rounded, plausible here. I won‘t oversell this book but it worked for me.

Caroline2 I loved the series too and I‘ve been intrigued by the books. Good to know it holds it own. Stacked! 👍🏻 3y
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Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings
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I have this proud beauty downloaded to my phone and will be devouring it with both of my favourite ears. If I ever met Villanelle I am sure we would be bezzie friends and that she would only rarely kill me in a gruesome fashion.

Cathythoughts Look forward to your review 👍🏻 3y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Just started it now. It‘ll be coursing through my earbuds for a while now! 3y
Ms_T I toyed with the idea of ordering this after watching Killing Eve but haven‘t as yet. I‘ll look out for your review. 3y
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Don't Even Breathe | Keith Houghton
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A pet hate of mine is authors who can‘t be bothered, or aren‘t able to, create a picture of how a character looks. Instead, they say the person resembles someone famous. Worse still, someone you don‘t know. In this case it‘s Forest Whitaker. I had to google.
Having got that out of the way, I must say there are other reasons to avoid this book. Read it for yourself and you‘ll find them. Or don‘t. I‘d recommend "don‘t”.

Zelma That does seem a little lazy. I also remember Dan Brown describing Robert Langdon as looking like Harrison Ford. I got the impression it was wishful thinking for the casting in future movies! 3y
Peterfox123 @Zelma Probably sent a copy to his agent. 😊 3y
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The Washington Decree: A Novel | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Oh my days, this is rank. Earlier this year I was bitterly disappointed by a favourite author when Jo Nesbo churned out Macbeth. Now Jussi Adler-Olsen has done the same. I‘ve devoured his Department Q series and was pleased to see him trying something different, stand-alone. Sadly it is the most far-fetched, poorly imagined, meandering tale you could hope to find. Every lightweight strand of plot is unconvincing. So disappointing.

TrishB Great, honest review 👍🏻 3y
Peterfox123 @TrishB Thank you. So disappointed with this. Looked at more of the reviews on Audible now and I‘m not alone. 3y
Cathythoughts Oh dear !! I hope your next book is a good one 👍🏻 3y
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Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Thank you. I‘m very hopeful! 3y
TrishB It‘s even worse when it‘s a loved author! 3y
Velvetfur You must feel let down, sorry to hear this 😔 3y
Peterfox123 @Velvetfur More surprised than let down I think. It must be tough for an author to step outside a successful series when readers simply want more of the same. They must get criticism just because what they‘ve produced is different but honestly I‘m not doing that here. It won‘t put me off reading any of his future work. 3y
Velvetfur @Peterfox123 Ah OK, I get it 😊 3y
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Sleep Baby Sleep | David Hewson
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I read this book. It was good. If you read it you will know it is good too. Sorry to overburden you with detail.

Cathythoughts I see it‘s fourth in a series.. I must look up the first one & give it a try 👍🏻or would this one work as a stand alone ? (edited) 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I‘d say you‘d be better starting with the first book. I‘ve enjoyed them all. 4y
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In Bloom | C.J. Skuse
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C.J.Skuse is a VERY BAD LADY. I have finished this and, can you believe, she has not had the basic good manners to write the third book in this trilogy yet? I am going to have to wait. Sulkily. Impatiently.
In Rhiannon, the author has created a damaged villain, a sarcastic observer, a scourge of - usually - the ones who deserve their fate.
Complex enough to toy with our feelings towards Rhiannon yet light enough for the humour to work!

cathysaid 😂😂 “...she has not had the basic good manners to write the third book...” 4y
Peterfox123 @cathysaid You can laugh, Madam but I‘m fuming here! 😉 4y
cathysaid @Peterfox123 That‘s a serious book hangover!! 4y
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Peterfox123 @cathysaid Apparently CJ Skuse has sold the rights and there‘s going to be a TV series. *waits* 4y
Cathythoughts TV series 😳.... May be some toning down in order 🙈 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts "Viewer discretion advised. Some upsetting scenes. Incidents of extreme sarcasm." 4y
cathysaid @Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Ok I‘m gonna have to read this series. 4y
Ms_T Great review, Foxy! I‘ll be using my next credit on this. 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T 👍 I thought the humour in 'Sweetpea' might appeal to you. 4y
Ms_T @Peterfox123 You know me too well. 4y
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In Bloom | C.J. Skuse
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🎶🎶 Me an' Rhiannon, sittin' in a tree. Stabbin' people murd'rously. 🎶🎶
I ❤️ Rhiannon.
And this book.

guinsgirlreads Both were good books!!! 👍🏻 4y
Peterfox123 @guinsgirlreads So sarcastically funny and gruesome. Third one to come too! 4y
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In Bloom | C.J. Skuse
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I tweeted the author this morning to say, @CJSkuse I am thoroughly enjoying "In Bloom". I reckon if I met that Rhiannon, I‘d ruffle her hair and give her a jolly old pat on the bum. We‘d be best pals straight away. Bets ya!
Made my day when she replied "Sending thoughts and prayers to both your hands ?"
???

Ms_T 😂😂😂 4y
julesG 😁😁😁 4y
Cathythoughts 😂😂 4y
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In Bloom | C.J. Skuse
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Oh this is a hilariously evil joy. Rhiannon? Well, she‘s still a proper little tinker. You just want to ruffle her hair and give her a big hug.
Her first appearance in "Sweetpea" was a revelation: BridgetJones meets American Psycho. This is book two and I am loving every sarcastic comment - some now supplied by her burgeoning baby.
I heart Rhiannon.
Thank you @Ms_T for pointing me at this! I hadn‘t spotted it.

Ms_T Glad you‘re enjoying it. I‘ll probably download it myself soon. 4y
RealBooks4ever Love that title! 💜 4y
Peterfox123 @RealBooks4ever It‘s a great book too. But have you read the first one, "Sweetpea"? 4y
RealBooks4ever @Peterfox123 No I haven't. Guess I'll be putting that one on my TBR! 😄 4y
Peterfox123 @RealBooks4ever ? Definitely read "Sweetpea" first. 4y
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Cities of the Plain | Cormac McCarthy
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Having "read" the previous two parts of this trilogy as audiobooks, I will be reading the final novel in the old fashioned way. No kindle, real paper. This is what we did before internets were built and dinosaurs roamed the earth. I may exaggerate somewhat.
Oh, and the first two in the trilogy were very good. Otherwise I wouldn‘t be reading the third. Well, der!
There‘s a photograph of my favourite knee under the book too. I hope you like it.

Cathythoughts Enjoy! Happy New Year ! 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Will do. And all the best to you too. 4y
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Sometimes I don‘t have enough space available to review a book. No such problem with this one. I couldn‘t adequately describe it if there was infinite space to play with. Just read it will you? We trust each other don‘t we? An insight into the impossibility of remaining neutral during the Northern Ireland troubles. People, not politics. The audiobook narrator is a gem. Don‘t just sit there. You‘re missing out. Well?

Kaye Great review ! 👍🏼 4y
Lindy I‘m looking forward to reading this. 😁 4y
Peterfox123 @kaye Thank you! 4y
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Peterfox123 @Lindy Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🤞 4y
Cathythoughts I have stacked it ... I‘m a bit afraid of it ... but your review is very persuasive.. 👍🏻♥️ 4y
Ms_T Two months I‘ve waited for your review. TWO MONTHS! Suppose I‘d better get the book now. 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I should be honest. I‘m not certain how I would have read it; whether I would have found an internal voice to do justice to the writing. The narrator of the audiobook version made it really accessible. 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Sorry. Would have reviewed it earlier. I had a lie in. 4y
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Aaaaaand next up is this-a-one...

Cortg The Man Booker Prize! Curious what you think. 4y
Peterfox123 @Cortg I‘ve not made a start on it yet but I was intrigued by the reviews. 4y
Cortg I‘ve read a couple of the Man Booker winners and am finding that I love them. They tend to be a “different” kind of read for whatever reason. 4y
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Peterfox123 @Cortg Yes. This definitely sounds like something different. Million miles away from my standard Nordic Noir! 4y
Ms_T *Awaits review in eager anticipation* 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Starting it today so review isn‘t imminent. Try to calm your eagerness, child. 4y
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Untitled | Unknown
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The bar at this hotel is very civilised.

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Hard to decide quite who's the most damaged, tormented and haunted: the brutal killer or the detective. Skilfully narrated, my audiobook version was gripping. If you know the TV version, you won‘t be disappointed with this. It‘s brutal though so tread carefully. There are also a couple of incidents of animal cruelty which made me want to fast forward. Definitely worth a read though.

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We saw my Mother-in-Law dip under the waves of dementia. At first she'd bob back up into reality but later she spent most of her days under the surface. A very able woman disappeared. This book celebrates the author's Father: a singer all his life and the toll of Alzheimer‘s. Simon found a way to revive his Father via "carpool karaoke" Look for the Songaminute Man on YouTube you‘ll find joy and sadness too. I‘m looking forward to this book.

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How to Build a Girl | Caitlin Moran
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Complete change of mood. I abandoned my usual Scandi-noir for the English Black Country: Wolverhampton - see what I did there? Caitlin Moran's teenage years, her gloriously quirky family, an ambition to write and escape to London is filthy, funny and warm. She's a natural storyteller and you won‘t care how much might or might not be real. This a joy and a gem. The narrator of my audiobook version captures the accent and the tone delightfully.

Ms_T Great review but you won‘t sway me to read this - I hated How To Be a Woman and have no desire to read another Moran book. 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T I was drawn to it because I‘d binge-watched the TV series based on the same years: "Raised By Wolves". Can‘t say I‘ll never look at anything of hers ever again but I‘m not overly keen either. 4y
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Not a "pan" but a simple sense of disappointment. The earlier books in the series have always kept me hooked as well as interested in the grumpy detective and his sidekick. (Do we still say "sidekick or did we abandon that word after Batman & Robin? I digress.) The plot here was both thin and far-fetched with a succession of sketchily drawn characters. A pity but I'll still be watching for the next in this series. Everyone‘s allowed an off day.

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I wish I could blame one of you for this but it‘s all down to me. I‘ve enjoyed all the previous books in this series. I even look out for the publication dates for the new ones. Add my favourite narrator and this should have been perfect by-the-pool listening for my holiday.
So far though, it‘s distinctly average and with 11 hours left I‘m even considering bailing. Lightweight plot, unappealing characters, meandering sidetracks. Shame.

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Borrowed Time | Robert Goddard
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Mehso-so

Started well and had enough old style charm about the writing to draw me in. The chance meeting, the crime, the sub plot of a failing business all had their appeal but then, well, it all ran out of steam. The plot development dragged, the resolution was unconvincing so to use a technical term, meh.

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Borrowed Time | Robert Goddard
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Current read/listen. Back to the style of an old John Buchan “very English” mystery but set in the recent past. A light read but none the worse for that. This‘ll keep me occupied and, possibly, out of mischief.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Enjoying it so far. 👍👍 4y
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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You might have thought there was no post-apocalyptic plot or theme eft unexplored. Peng Shepherd can prove you wrong. An original take, with startling imaginative developments and a thump-in-the-gut final twist. Watch out for your shadow.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I may be breaking all kinds of rules by naming "another place". If you‘re on Twitter though, have you found @bookcatbliss ? It‘s an account called Reading With Cats and comprises, well, pictures of reading with cats. What‘s not to like?
I‘d post an example but I don‘t think it‘d be right without the account holder or the artist having agreed so, here‘s one of my kittens being himself...

Ms_T Twitter? *Shudders* 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T It‘s not a place for an innocent such as you. 4y
OrangeMooseReads I‘m going to have to go find that one I could use more happy in my feed 😊 4y
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Peterfox123 @OrangeMooseReads I only found it recently. It‘s just one of those gently pleasant ones when it pops up. 4y
Libby1 Glad you picked up some ginger from Sainsbury‘s. 😃 4y
Peterfox123 @Libby1 Haha! Special offer! 4y
Zelma What a goofball! 😻 4y
Peterfox123 @Zelma Please! Are you entirely respecting his cat dignity? 4y
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Car dropped off for repair so an hour's walk home with the headphones in listening to this. Sun shining and a really good "read". Rather pleasant plus I'll be off back later so I get another spell of mobile reading.

TheLibrarian Love the picture and that is such a great book! 4y
Peterfox123 @TheLibrarian Thank you. I already don‘t want the book to end. 4y
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Barely into this on Audiobook but I am completely hooked. Always a sucker for some post-apocalyptic fiction, I knew this would be right up my street. What I hadn‘t anticipated was the imaginative complexity of the situation. No plague, no zombies - so very original. Now, be about your business and leave me to my listening. Where are those headphones?

Cinfhen Oooh; I‘m intrigued #stacked 4y
TrishB This sounds good! Not out here until the find of the month 👍🏻 4y
Peterfox123 @Cinfhen I wavered for a while but I‘m really glad I got it. I‘m not far into it yet though so don‘t hold me to it! 4y
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Peterfox123 @TrishB I may be judging too early but so far I‘m mightily impressed. 4y
Amanda23 I can't wait to start this. 4y
Peterfox123 @Amanda23 Hope I‘m not over-selling it before I‘m very far in but I‘m engrossed. 4y
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I‘d looked forward to this; saved it to savour it. All the more disappointing for that. The plot is too far-fetched to sustain interest; the "reveal" of the killer's identity comes roughly 20 chapters too late. Don‘t get me started on Kepler's personal fantasy woman, Saga Bauer. He obsesses with her getting sticky, naked in a leather jumpsuit. Bleeeurgh, as the critics say. Main protagonist, Joona Linna has become stale and infallible. Shame.

Cinfhen Sorry it was such a let down 4y
Peterfox123 @Cinfhen I think I was surprised much as anything. It‘s a series where I‘ve always been waiting for the next one. Ah well, plenty more books in the tbr! 4y
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Disappointing! As you say ... plenty more on TBR 4y
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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When I was a mere youth, long before the days of social media or the internal combustion engine, my route to this book - my "next up" read - didn‘t exist. Mind you, we were so busy with stuff like the plague and scurvy, we had scant time for reading. But I digress.
Via social media I follow an author whose best friend is the author of The Book of M. I doubt I‘d have found my way to it otherwise but here I am dying to get stuck in. Result!

Smrloomis 😂 4y
saresmoore Scurvy 😆 4y
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Peterfox123 @saresmoore Yeah well you may well laugh but we used to dream about eating our vitamin C and retaining the majority of our teeth. 4y
Kaye That cover is so neat. 4y
Peterfox123 @Kaye It is, isn‘t it? 4y
Ms_T 😂😂😂 4y
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I‘ve had the five earlier books in this series and did a tiny gasp of delight when I acquired book 6. You may have heard me. It was a happy gasp. Sadly though, this is a huge disappointment. It‘s so deliberately gruesome the horror loses meaning and the author's personal fantasies indulged in his depiction of the main female protagonist are toe-curling. I‘m not going to bail but it‘s doubtful there will be any more gaps of joy.

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I read this with my ears as is the current fashion. What I wasn‘t expecting from John Boyne was humour. Heartbreaking as the previous novels I‘ve read, yes, but the sly observations, the bathos, the dissections of character are magical. If you don‘t add this to your tbr list I shall come to your house and prod you with a broom handle.

Cathythoughts Stacking !!! 👍🏻 4y
MinDea I just absolutely loved this book! 💙💙💙 @Cathythoughts you won't be disappointed! 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Good work! Saves me a prodding trip. 😁 4y
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Cathythoughts @MinDea it‘s one of those books I have resistance to reading. 🙄. So I need to get over that ! 4y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I hear you! I get like that with overhyped books (although this one is amazing 😁💕) 4y
Ms_T Glad you enjoyed it! 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Loved it. So much so that, in my excitement, I posted my review as a blurb. I‘m taking a break from John Boyne only because I don‘t want to make the recurring themes seem stale. He‘s definitely on my "favourites of favourites" list though. 4y
Bklover This was wonderful, wasn‘t it!!?! 4y
Peterfox123 @Bklover Absolutely agree. A real gem. 4y
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I always feel the mark of a good book is its ability to speak to our universal experience. So when I read:

"like an ill-considered tattoo inscribed on the buttocks after a drunken night out"

I am inevitably drawn to believe we have surely all of us been there.

Why are you staring?

WanderingBookaneer This was a fabulous book! 4y
Peterfox123 @WanderingBookaneer I‘m loving it. 😁 4y
Suet624 Great post, great book. 4y
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Peterfox123 @Suet624 Thank you and it is great isn‘t it? 👍 4y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻😂 4y
Ms_T Have you finished this book yet? 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Yes. Absolutely loved it. So funny and so moving too. (I'm three books behind on my reviews I'm afraid. Must do my homework.) 4y
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In an otherwise sombre tone, the occasional acid asides are delicious.

“Maude's way of dealing with Charles was to treat him like an ottoman, of no use to anyone but worth having around."

If nothing else, I shall henceforth grateful we don‘t have an ottoman or I would now have to eye my wife with new suspicion,

TrishB 😂😂 4y
Cinfhen The writing was sooooo good 4y
Peterfox123 @TrishB I know my place! 4y
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Peterfox123 @Cinfhen I‘m loving it so far. I had the vague worry it couldn‘t match The Absolutist but I was so wrong. 4y
Cathythoughts I have huge resistance to reading this 🤷🏻‍♀️& I don‘t know why. It‘s great that you love it 👍🏻 4y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist a couple of years apart and without noticing they were by the same author. Neither are comfortable reads but I found both incredibly rewarding. I‘m a short way into this but would already strongly recommend you try it. 4y
Ms_T Wait until you reach the part where Cyril asks his parents how they met....😂😂😂 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T I need to find this! 4y
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Starting this on audiobook today. I need a pick-me-up after my Nesbo-trauma. The Absolutist was excellent and you Litsies all told me this is a winner too. Oh, I just mean if I don‘t love it it‘s ALL YOUR FAULT. #nopressure

TrishB Several members of my team have just finished this and The Absolutist in buddy reads as I said they were brilliant! Enjoy 👍🏻 4y
Peterfox123 @TrishB Thank you! 4y
Ms_T It‘s very good! 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T I see you as a trustworthy guarantor. 👍😁 4y
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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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Mehso-so

So Jo, it‘s a no. Oh woe.
Nesbo is, by a distance, my favourite writer. This is my first disappointment. It‘s all there: gruesome death; obsession with addiction; musical references but none of the suspense.

Rewriting a tale with your own slant is a classical device; Shakespeare did it with many plays. Unfortunately, here, this paints Nesbo into a corner. We see ahead too easily.

Killings and escapes become repetitive. Characters are ciphers.

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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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Oh Jo, I‘m so sorry. I‘ve tried; really tried. It‘s just not working for me I‘m afraid. It‘s probably me, not you Jo, but I want this to end. #sobs

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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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Oh dear. I feel like I‘m betraying a dear friend here. I pre-ordered this in the expectation I‘d love it and race through it like every Jo Nesbo novel before. Sadly I‘m into it and yet to be impressed. Using a Shakespearian play as a framework for a gritty police thriller might still work - I‘ll persist- but using such a familiar tale means so much is already revealed. Maybe I‘m pining for the flawed, damaged and occasionally soused Harry Hole?

Sweettartlaura Keep going... Nesbo turns a corner around pg 50 or so 4y
Peterfox123 @Sweettartlaura Thank you! I really want this to work. I needed to hear that. 👍 4y
Sweettartlaura 👍🏻 After that, any fault really lies with Shakespeare - there is a LOT that happens in a short time. For all Harry Hole‘s outlandish adventures, Macbeth puts Hole to shame in that regard. But it‘s not Nesbo‘s fault - it‘s the story he has to tell. 4y
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Peterfox123 @Sweettartlaura That was my worry: that too much is of necessity mapped out and potentially predictable. I've read your blurb now and can relax into it more. Thanks again. 4y
Sweettartlaura Good - there‘s good stuff here. It‘s just a crazy bloodbath at some point 😜 If it was Nesbo‘s/Hole‘s Story, I think the drama would have played out over a couple years. Here it feels like... a month? That‘s on Will, or the 16th century audience, perhaps. Nesbo does it as much justice as he can. Enjoy! 4y
Peterfox123 @Sweettartlaura A bloodbath? In a Nesbo? 😳 Surely not! 4y
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Cat in the bag | Sara Swan Miller
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Buy one get one free today at Sainsbury‘s #catsofLitsy

JoScho What a deal 😂 4y
Peterfox123 @JoScho Haha, yes! Too good to miss. 4y
JenReadsAlot Cute! 4y
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Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 4y
Peterfox123 @JenReadsAlot Thank you. They agree. Modestly of course. 4y
Peterfox123 @Reviewsbylola 👍👍👍 4y
Simona 😂😂The cutest picture today❣️ 4y
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Peterfox123 @Simona They‘re blushing. 4y
Peterfox123 @LauraBeth 👍👍👍 4y
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