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The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad:  5 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad: 5 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
Preis: EUR 5,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Once again, masterful story-telling, 19. März 2016
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I almost hesitated to buy this book after struggling through the previous entry in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, "Broken Harbour". "Broken Harbour" was, in my opinion, simply 200 pages too long. Although wonderfully atmospheric like all her books, I found it didn't have enough substance of plot or characters to carry it through so many pages.

But then of course I remembered how much I loved "Faithful Place", "In the Woods" and "The Likeness", and decided it wasn't much of a gamble to purchase "The Secret Place". This book has all the elements that make Tana French such a great novelist and crime writer. There are two interesting detectives with complex interaction and their own issues, and the kind of setting readers of British (OK Irish) mysteries love - a posh girls' boarding school. There's an enigmatic case involving the unsolved murder of a popular teenage boy, reopened when a cryptic message appears on the eponymous bulletin board at the school known as the "secret place", where girls can post anonymous messages to let off steam. And it has a wonderful quartet of teenage girls that made me truly admire Ms. French's ability to remember back to how it was to be a teenage girl with all it entails: the agonies, close friendship pacts, secrecy from adults, and first experiences with the opposite sex always fraught with emotional pitfalls. The dialogues are wonderful and always believable. I do agree with other reviewers who found the magical elements a little off-the-wall, but it didn't really bother me. It was the kind of elevation slightly hysterical teenage girls might simply believe.

The detective from "Faithful Place", Frank Mackey, reappears as father of one of the girls, Holly, although he is not involved in solving the murder at the school. Still, I found his appearance electrifying and wonderfully drawn. And of course it's always fun to encounter a figure from a past book, about whom we know a little, especially such an intelligent one.

I'm looking forward to the next book of the series.


Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3) (English Edition)
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3) (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I have fallen in love with Cormoran and Robin, 19. März 2016
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Having now read all three books published in this series I am seriously hooked. The actual murders solved by private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott require serious suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader, but that's not what's great about these books. It's the characters and their interaction that make the books so much fun to read. Both the two protagonists as well as all the minor characters are wonderfully drawn, as one would expect from master novelist J.K. Rowling (writing under her nom de plume Robert Galbraith). Cormoran and Robin continue to develop and grow on the reader from book to book, and are both highly likable and admirable, while at the same time complex. One thing I didn't like about Rowling's earlier attempt to write something post Harry Potter, "The Casual Vacancy", was the absence of anyone at all likable or memorable.

So thank you, Ms. Rowling, for continuing to write and for inventing Cormoran and Robin, who, like Harry, Hermione and Ron, I'm sure all readers would love to meet. I can't wait for the next book.


Süßigkeit Held Geschichte
Süßigkeit Held Geschichte
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Much better on Windows phones (original title "Candy Hero Story"), 19. März 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Süßigkeit Held Geschichte (App)
This was my all-time favorite jewel/candy game on my Windows phone, and I was dismayed to discover that it's not available on Android, since ViMAP apparently only writes software for Windows phones. So I was delighted to find I could download it through Amazon Underground onto my Android phone and tablet. Unfortunately, the reaction time is so slow that it's practically unplayable. If whoever is responsible for this could fix it, either Amazon, Samsung, or ViMAP themselves, this would be a five-star review. The game is challenging, no in-app purchases, good interface, excellent gameplay. I highly recommend it if you have a Lumia or other Windows phone. There it can be directly downloaded through the Windows app store. ViMAP has a couple other good games for Windows phones as well.
BTW this is not to be confused with other games on Android called things like "Candy Heroes", etc., by other producers.


Großpackung mit Weihnachtsaufklebern für Kinder zum Verzieren von Karten und Bastelprojekten (280 Stück)
Großpackung mit Weihnachtsaufklebern für Kinder zum Verzieren von Karten und Bastelprojekten (280 Stück)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Erwartung erfüllt, 22. Dezember 2015
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Dies ist eine sehr schöne Sammlung von Weihnachtsaufklebern in verschiedenen Farben und Größen. Gut geeignet zum Basteln. Qualitativ machen sie einen guten Eindruck.


Weihnachtsbäume aus Moosgummi für Kinder zum Basteln Verzieren und als Baumschmuck (6 Stück)
Weihnachtsbäume aus Moosgummi für Kinder zum Basteln Verzieren und als Baumschmuck (6 Stück)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Zum Basteln mit Kleinkind gut, 22. Dezember 2015
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Diese Moosgummibäume habe ich bestellt, um mit meiner 2 1/2-jährigen Enkelin Baumschmuck zu basteln. Dafür waren sie sehr gut geeignet. Meine Enkelin hat sie mit selbstklebenden Strasssteinen und anderen Stickers beklebt und viel Spaß dabei gehabt.


129 Stück verschiedene glitzernde Strasssteine selbstklebend bunt basteln Sticker Gltzersteine Schmucksteine Strass Steine Mischung Herz Rund Quadratisch Tropfen zum Verzieren von CRYSTAL KING
129 Stück verschiedene glitzernde Strasssteine selbstklebend bunt basteln Sticker Gltzersteine Schmucksteine Strass Steine Mischung Herz Rund Quadratisch Tropfen zum Verzieren von CRYSTAL KING
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wie ich erwartet habe, 22. Dezember 2015
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Ich habe diese Steine bestellt, um mit meiner Enkelin zu basteln. Dafür waren sie sehr geeignet. Wir haben damit einfachen Baumschmuck dekoriert. Meine 2 1/2-jährige Enkelin war begeistert und auch in der Lage, die Steine vom Blatt zu lösen. Sie sind selbstklebend und schön bunt.


Auto Navi Halter Halterung für Garmin NÜVI 200 400 465T
Auto Navi Halter Halterung für Garmin NÜVI 200 400 465T
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Erfüllt die Funktion, 10. Oktober 2015
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Die Halterung von meinem Garmin Nüvi 250 hielt einfach nicht mehr, also entschied ich mich für die günstige Lösung einer neuen Halterung. Sie war schnell da und hält bisher wunderbar (einige Wochen). Bin zufrieden.


Mozart in the Jungle [OV] - Staffel 1
Mozart in the Jungle [OV] - Staffel 1
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a fun genre!, 15. März 2015
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What a great idea to make a series about the inner workings of an orchestra in New York. It offers the perfect combination of intrigue, gossip, and personal problems, but is also about making great music. I pretty much watched all the episodes straight through and loved every one. The acting is top - my favorites were the characters of Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne and Gael Garcia Bernal, but everyone else was good, too. There are scenes that make you laugh out loud, scenes that are over the top but still fun, and it works on all levels, even remaining believable. I truly hope that there are many more seasons in the making and that this concept finds its fans. If you're tired of the drama and violence of "Breaking Bad", "Homeland" and similar series, you might find this refreshing and fun.


KFZ Halterung für das Nokia Lumia 1520 - PKW Auto Halter mit Saugnapf in Schwarz + Ladegerät
KFZ Halterung für das Nokia Lumia 1520 - PKW Auto Halter mit Saugnapf in Schwarz + Ladegerät
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gut, 13. Februar 2015
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Die Navigationsfunktion des Lumia 1520 ist so gut (und offline zu benutzen - super), dass ich dafür eine Windschutzscheibe-Halterung gesucht habe. Diese ist perfekt. Auch das mitgelieferte Ladekabel ist sehr gut. D.h. man bekommt sehr günstig alles, was man braucht, um das Handy als Navi einzusetzen. Klare Kaufempfehlung.


Faithful Place: Dublin Murder Squad:  3 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
Faithful Place: Dublin Murder Squad: 3 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great discovery, 13. Februar 2015
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Finally read a book by Tana French and now I'm hooked! In the meantime I've read two more of this series, "The Likeness" and "In the Woods", and I'd be hard-pressed to say which was my favorite. All the books are written in the first-person by various members of the Dublin police murder squad. The characters are wonderfully drawn; you feel like you know them. The cases they work on are enigmatic and each involve the narrator in a very personal way. There's plenty of humor in the banter among the detectives, which is a good thing as it offers some relief to the gloomy, heart-wrenching murders. The novels are complex and beautifully written. There are many references to the current problems in Ireland, but not such that you feel like the author has an agenda. There's also plenty of police procedural, an eccentric pathologist, irritating boss, etc., all things to enjoy The books are fairly long, which is good! Thank you Tana French.


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