Book Review: The Killing of Polly Carter (A Death in Paradise Novel) by Robert Thorogood

Title: The Killing of Polly Carter

Author: Robert Thorogood

Publisher, date published: Harlequin Mira, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-848-45443-9

The Killing of Polly Carter is the second book by Robert Thorogood and the second of the series of books based on the BBC detective series Death in Paradise. If you’ve seen the Tv show before you’ll be familiar with the characters, it’s based on the original group, and the setting in the Caribbean with the fictional island of St Marie. If you haven’t it has the feel of a modern day Agatha Christie set in a hot country with the same gentle style and unexpected twists in the story before the murderer is exposed at the end in a very Poirot-esque way by gathering all of the suspects together and going through them one by one. 

It does have some light comedy and the TV series is a light one that most of the family can enjoy, maybe not the youngest members as they may either not understand or not like the actual murders or genre, but I’d say teens and up would be able to enjoy it depending on what they like. This book definitely goes for the same audience, fans of Agatha Christie style detective stories of all ages.
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Book Review: A Meditation on Murder (A Death in Paradise Novel) by Robert Thorogood

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Title: A Meditation on Murder

Author: Robert Thorogood

Publisher, Date: Harlequin MIRA, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-848-45371-5

Until a recent trip to the library I didn’t even know that there were books based on the Death in Paradise TV show from the BBC. As it’s one I love and I’m on a bit of a detective novels kick at the moment I thought I’d give it a go. It’s also the perfect book for the recent heat here in the UK, with its setting of Saint-Marie, a fictional island in the Caribbean. After a bit of a look online it turns out A Meditation on Murder was the first Death in Paradise novel so it’s a great one to start with.

I was interested, going into this, to see how close it comes to the actual TV series and characters, also which of the characters it was written about as there have been a few combinations over the series. Being written by the creator of the show, Robert Thorogood, I was hoping it would be close and, to me, it doesn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues By Erik Burnham

galaxyquest1Title: Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues

Author: Erik Burnham

Year written: 2015

Publisher and year: IDW Publishing, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1631403569

I recently decided to finally buy the DVD versions of some of the movies I had on video, I’ve had a list for ages and this included Galaxy Quest. It was on the Amazon search that I discovered there are two graphic novels about the movie written as sequels so I thought I’d give them a go. This is the first one I got, it’s the most recent but I didn’t get it in physical form as it’s three times the cost of the Kindle version which is £2.99. The link in the UK on Amazon.co.uk is here, though it’s probably available in other formats on other sites too.

This book is written as a sequel to the movie, so it does help if you’ve seen the movie itself but there is a bit of a recap at the beginning as an introduction that gives the important information that ties in with this story. The idea is that there is a war going on in a distant galaxy that is won by one side, the Omega 13 is activated as in the movie and time goes back 13 seconds but this time the other side wins. Years later the side that loses goes in search of the reason for this change and they find the crew of actors who were in the original movie.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

HPillustrated6Title: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Illustrated Edition)

Author: JK Rowling

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Year written: 1997

Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4564-6

I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter for years, I think I got the first two books in 1999, and always said I’d only have the original copies that I owned and not get any of the newer versions they came out with. However I saw this illustrated version online recently, it was published in October last year, and I loved it so bought it when I saw that it was half price on Amazon. I wasn’t sure originally if it was a complete copy as it seemed thin compared to what I expected with the amount of illustrated pages that takes up space for words. I have compared it at random points throughout the story to the original copy and it matches exactly. HPillustrated2

This originally cost £30 but when I have ordered this it was £14.99. It is pretty big for a book and I have a photo of it next to the original Bloomsbury paperback from the UK for comparison. Size wise it’s around the same size as a few of the adult colouring books but thicker. It’s a hardback with an illustrated paper dustcover and the hardback underneath is red.

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Book Review: Harry Potter Colouring Book

HPcolour1Title: Harry Potter Colouring Book

Author: Warner Brothers (I guess, there’s no author or illustrator given)

Year written: 2015

Publisher and year: Studio Press, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1-78370-548-1

I’ve been wanting to increase my colouring book collection for a while. I saw the Harry Potter colouring books and as these combine two things I like; Harry Potter and colouring in, I decided to get them when they were on offer on Amazon. At the moment they’re £4.49 rather than the RRP of £9.99 and I think that’s the cheapest I have seen them anywhere in the UK though they’re also in offers on The Works website sometimes as well.

This is the first Harry potter colouring book and incudes pictures that are line drawings of scenes from the movies, some that are pictures of creatures and artefacts from the world and some are just repeating patterns of magical things. There’s also sixteen pages at the end that are printed in colour and includes the original screen shots, concept art or just colour versions of the designs in the book to give you some ideas or inspiration if you want to keep them true to the original colour schemes. The rest of the book is 102 pages including the introduction and front page inside that do include colouring elements but I’d say there are 100 pages, some of them double page images, to colour in. It seems like quite a large colouring book page wise compared to some of the others out there.

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Advent 2015: Day 9


Today’s M&S is from another brand I have never heard of and it turns out is a bit more high end than any of the products I’ve received so far in the calendar. It’s the Laboratoires Filorga Time-Filler wrinkles correction cream which is a face cream and seems like it’ll be pretty good. The Yankee Candle is another Cinnamon Stick tea light. As I’ve had a few of the same ones close together I’m wondering if these are just randomly placed and you get a certain number of each scent rather than being placed in specific numbers. Does anyone else have this calendar and have you had the same ones as me on the specific days?

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Advent 2015: Day 7

  
Today’s M&S advent present is a can, I think you’d call it a can, of Rituals Zensation organic rice milk and cherry blossom foaming shower gel. I’ve seen these around on blogs and think you get them quite a bit in subscription boxes but I’ve never tried one so was interested to see how it works. I got my second duplicate from the Yankee Candle calendar with a Cinnamon Stick tea light.
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Advent 2015: Day 3

  
It’s time for day 3 and today’s M&S advent calendar product is the Grumpy Cow body lotion from Cowshed. They’re a company I’ve heard a lot about and I think I’ve tried some before, this is a 100ml size bottle which is available from their own website but I think everyewhere else it’s larger bottles and this is in gifts. It’s a nice travel size and has a fair amount in to give it a proper try. The Yankee. Candle tea light this time is in Christmas Garland which is a nice Christmassy smell and I really like the picture that it shows for the label for this one.

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Fortune Cookie Soap: Winter 2015

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It’s that time of year when all the Christmas ranges are released and I got the Fortune Cookie Soap soap box for the Christmas collection in the post this morning. I haven’t had a chance to really try any of these but these are my first impressions. I’ve done quite a few Fortune Cookie Soap preview box posts before but if you don’t know what they are they contain a range of products in the different scents for the coming season. There’s always at least two full size products, one of them is a fortune cookie soap and the other is a small bottle of the hand sanitizer. They send them out four times a year before each of the big collections if you subscribe, you can find more about past boxes on their website here.

This Christmas the theme is Elf, which I love and I’m really looking forward to these products, especially having seen the names, as I love candy scents and I’d expect there to be a few of them in this box. This collection is going to be released at 6pm PST on November 13th, so tomorrow, which is late at night if you’re in the UK. It’s a bit late doing this as it took a while for it to travel to the UK from America.

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A Halloween Countdown Box and Eleven Advent Calendars

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A bit of a different post today, I thought as all the advent calendars are coming out I’d do a bit of a post on them. Also yesterday I got something in the post that I’ll probably be posting about as I open them so thought I’d do a bit of a post about that too. The advent calendar I went with eleven purely because I meant to do ten but then added one which isn’t really beauty because I might be getting it. A couple of the companies are bringing out more than one but I’ll stick with eleven in the title anyway.

These images I found for some of the advent calendars are definitely spoilers so if you don’t want to be spoiled then I’d stop reading at the end of the advent bit. Though they are just the images used to sell the products in most of them so if you were to buy them online you’d see the same pictures. I personally like to see what I’m getting so like these spoilers but I know others don’t so a bit of a warning.

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