I am reviewing the thriller The Killing Room by Peter May which is a very good novel that I bought from a car boot sale. This book is around 510 pages so is a decent length. Peter has toured China extensively in researching this book. It is a Li Yin and Margaret Campbell thriller. It is mostly set in Shanghai and Beijing and many of the places are real. A mass grave is found containing 18 women and it is similiar to one found a few years ago. It was an unsolved mystery. Margaret is American but is an expat working in China as a cop. Li is a hard nose cop. There is a kind of cameraderie between the 2. Mei is a female chinese cop. She is quite young and pretty. It is a gritty story with much corruption and much on the Chinese way of life. Life there is contrasted with that in Russia. Most people for a start live in cramped flats. The murders are done surgically with a knife. There is a happy ending. I did enjoy it and do recommend it. It is a book that keeps your interest throughout.

The book I read to research this post was The Border Collie: The Vets Guide by Dr Gordon Roberts which is a very good book that I read at kindle unlimited. The border collie is very intelligent and hence eminently training. They need this to be a sheep dog and make a great companion. They are almost an old well established breed. This book looks at this dog mostly from a vets point of view although there is information on related subjects like training. They are like a lot of dog breeds in getting hip dysplacia and blindness but I think that tends to be in older dogs. This book is around 150 pages so a decent length. There are other types of collie most notably the shetland sheepdog and the rough collie but the border collie is the best known. A small percentage of border collies are even used as guide dogs but I think there relatively small size makes them a little unsuitable for that job. My favorite pedigree breed is this dog and I this book is a comprehensive reference. I certainly enjoyed this book and do recommend it. It is written by a vet.

The book I read to research this post was E-mail Marketing Blueprint by Steve Scott which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is about building a membership only information website that people can subcribe to. It is around 100 pages so is a reasonable length. You can have a programmer create a subscribe page and can offer a limited amount of content to non-subscribers. You can also have a free option where interested people can subscribe to e-mails from you and or a free report. You can also promote your site on e-zine article sites which if they submit an article drive serious traffic to it or search for writers who might sell or submit articles to you. Your site has to have good content and often these sites have a variety of mediums like video and audio to keep people interested. You can also do audio in the form of interviews and podcasts. You can use the self hosted version of WordPress to create your site and this is very popular with a lot of the reasons being it is free and with lots of addons called widgets and plug ins. The amount of options for your site these add ons create is endless. If you have people subscribe to free emails etc you can use a plug in called awaber among others. I enjoyed this book and do recommend it.

The book I read to research this book is The Berlitz Pocket Guide To Sardinia which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is around 150 pages so is a decent length. The main town on Sardinia is Cagliari and due to the islands large size it is difficult to get it on a map properly and decent maps are few and far between. Sardinia is quite rural quite a bit like nearby Corsica and has quite a few small towns like Sassari although the main reason to visit is properly the beaches and countryside. There is some kind of ancient monolith there that is interesting but is far from great for attractions like you might find somewhere like London or Paris. I think this book does a great job of presenting the tourists attractions there are. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it. There is a nearby airport near Cagliari where tourists arrive from. The islands are technically a part of Italy although haven’t always been. Nearby Corsica is a part of France and it might be worth combining both in your iternary. I think Sardinia doesn’t get too many tourists which might endear it to those who want to get off the beaten track. The local languages are Italian and a local language specific to this island.

The book I read to research this post was Piranha by Clive Cussler et al which is a very good book that I bought from a local supermarket. Clive is one of the best adventure story writers around. This book though not fantastic is still pretty good. It is around 400 pages so is a decent length. It is part of the Oregon series about a man of war ship peopled by mercenaries with a heart of gold who although they are paid to help people for a price are the good guys. In this story as with a lot of Cussler books there are fictitious elements from the past which almost like actual history although probably are a little far fetched. A lot of the story does centre on a mad scientist and a radio-active isotope. The beginning element is a ship destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1902. The story does meander a bit and I did have trouble getting into it. It does involve the ship the Oregon having to fake becoming a shipwreck. Normally I probably enjoy his novels more than this. The Oregon series is probably my favourite out of what he writes. In real life he does use the funds he gets from writing to help find offshore shipwrecks and lives a life not that far removed from the characters in his books not to mention having a vast collection of classic cars. He lives in Arizona.

I am reviewing the thriller The Stranger by Harlan Coben which is a very good novel that I bought from kindle. This novel is around 390 pages so is a decent length. It is only recently published and is currently doing well on the Bestseller Chart in Britain. This is a good psychological thriller although probably not one of Harlan’s best. The plot is a married man whose wife has inexplicably disappeared as well, has had an affair and a stranger has demanded money claiming it is for his girlfriend. She has shown him a fake pregnancy test claiming she is pregnant. He has been the victim of a scam and subsequently has found out these fake tests are available as well as other aids for deception of being pregnant. There is also a website devoted to exploiting wealthy in return for sex and this girlfriend has been employed by them. It isn’t as tightly plotted as some of Harlan’s books. I enjoyed it though and do recommend it. It is the kind of book where despite his misdemenears you find yourself rooting for this antihero.

The book I read to research this post was Staffordshire Bull Terrier by Paul Allan Pearce which is a very good book that I read at kindle unlimited. These dogs are also called staffies and they have generally got a nice disposition but can be challenging to train. They can get health problems like hip displacia. This book is around 110 pages so is a decent length. It does mention using a crate when you are out or for house training which I appreciate isn’t necessarily a punishment but still think is cruel. If you do use a crate it shouldn’t be used when the dog is naughty and you should put things toys, a blanket a bed, and a water and food bowls in there. You can get the dog used to the leash by stopping and correcting him each time he either hangs back or pulls and giving him a treat when he is good. You have to be firm but not cruel. You will probably have to wear him down in this and it may take some time. You shouldn’t shout or lose your temper with a dog and nowadays much training is done with a clicker. It was originally used with marine mammals including dolphins and is good because you click it when the dog is good or other animal. It is also more consistent than voice especially when you consider you might inadvertently use the wrong tone. I enjoyed this book and do recommend it.