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Reviews by Dai Alanye

West Wind Drift

by George Barr McCutcheon

A great deal of cheap sentimentality and melodrama plus excessive blather from cardboard characters. Would have been more readable if one hundred pages of un-needed dialog had been cut.

An interesting if predictable plot is its only saving grace.

[I don't use stars]

Reviewed on 2016.09.06

The Lure of the North

by Harold Bindloss

A pretty good tale of the far north—concerned with mining rather than the usual furs or timber. In fact, it's so far north the timber is useless.

Strong heroine, sensible hero, satisfying villains. Since it's Canadian, good manners and not much blood.

(I don't use stars)

Reviewed on 2016.07.17

The Lure of the North

by Harold Bindloss

A pretty good story of the North Country, with a strong female protagonist. Rather than the usual timber or trapping tale, this is about mining, and feels quite realistic.

Canadian, so manners are surprisingly good for rough country types.

(Ignore stars)

Reviewed on 2016.07.12

The Pit Prop Syndicate

by Freeman Wills Crofts

Good puzzle-type mystery with an involved plot that keeps not only the reader but the characters guessing. Goes into great detail in regard to both the crime and the detecting. Extraneous detail slows parts of the tale.

Yes, it's baffling, and for some time the professionals are just as baffled as the amateurs. But trespass, illegal entry and an analysis of paperwork eventually solve all the puzzles.

(I don't use stars)

Reviewed on 2016.07.08

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