Star rating:* (only because we couldn't give it any less) Not recommended
Plot: Jack Kalley receives a telephone call from a friend whom he has not heard from in some time - the friend is dying and manages to gasp out the 1st line of Jack's address. Someone wants to kill Jack...but who and why?
Review: A load of far-fetched rubbish with gratuitous violence thrown in for good measure!!! Very formulaic and americanised. You don't care about the characters, what happens to them or why. Book peters out at the end rather than tying up all the loose ends but doesn't leave the reader wanting more.
Plot: Detective Jack Spratt (head of the nursery crime division) has to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty - this is not a children's story, so don't be put off by the idea.
Review: Interesting, clever idea. Quite nostalgic but rambled a bit. Picked up pace towards the conclusion. By the end, you were drawn into the book and it had a good twist at the end. However, enjoyment of this book depends on your sense of humour!!
Comments: Predictable, the literary equivalent of paint by numbers. Easy to read, but better if you've read others by Booth first. Characterisation weak, but some characters true to life. As it is set around Derbyshire, it’s good to read a book set in places you recognise.
The next few posts will concern the books we read last year as a group. I will be posting our review. All star ratings are out of a maximum of 5 stars. These reviews are entirely the opinions of the staff reading group at Sinfin Community school. If anyone else has read any of these books and would like to leave a comment, please feel free to do so.
I am a married mother of 2 children. As well as crafting (and watching House, of course) I love reading and bell ringing. I have been learning bell ringing for about 1 year with my daughter. We can now ring in our church for services and weddings.