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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
A crime thriller, with supernatural elements and a touch of humour - this book was an enjoyable and entertaining read. There may be some aspects of the writing style that could be improved; this in no way detracts, however, from the characterisation and storyline, which are both very good. This book shows a lot of promise and hopefully there will be a sequel; in any case I'm looking forward to reading some of his other work.

I received this ebook free from librarything as a giveaway for October 2011.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
Enjoyable Crime novel featuring female detective Sam Banter and her male partner Frederick Bashir. The heroine is a single mother bringing up a ten year old daughter and she is given a "cold case" involving a black child murdered five years before and which remains unsolved. She is up for promotion to Detective Sergeant against a male Detective with the winner the first to solve their respective "cold cases". Maryann ,her daughter who is gifted joins up in school with three gifted boys to form the Paperboys club. Throw-in a patient at a mental asylum, Clarence who can "see" and "feel" things around people and you have the make-up of a supernatural thriller.
I read this on an island off the south-west coast of Ireland during my holidays and it was a wonderful page-turner. Thanks to the author.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2011
After reading Mobashar Qureshi's first novel, RACE, I was very impressed and looked forward to reading The Paperboys Club. Well, I'm happy to say that he again has not disappointed. The natural progression as a writer is evident, and he stays true to the style that has made him successful. The story development is great, and he still manages to find the ability to add humour to this story as well. As some other reviewers have mentioned, Bashir does rival Rupret for most uniquely entertaining character in a novel! Join the club, and read The Paperboys Club!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
An enjoyable dectective novel with a slight supernatural twist! I especially enjoyed the banter between Sam, the protagonist, and her partner, Bashir. I also enjoyed reading from the children's point of view. I did, however, feel that more variety in sentence structure would have made the novel even more pleasant. I would still recommend this to anyone who is a fan of mystery novels!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
This was a good detective novel. It might have been a better book without the supernatural angle; at least, without the inclusion of the children. That part of the book was the least successful as far as the writing style and story went. As someone else mentioned,there are bits of storyline that are never actually realized. It wants a little editing. Overall, though, it was a decent book and I would read another by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I like the book but I have so many questions that remain unanswered in this book. It seems like there should be a sequel or something. The ending seemed like the beginning of another story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
I've read and enjoyed both of Mobashar Qureshi's previous novels - 'R.A.C.E.' and 'The October Five' . One thing about this ambitious writer is he chooses not to repeat himself from novel to novel. Here, he uses a multi-protagonist story told from the point of view of three compelling characters; a female police detective, her 'gifted' daughter and a psych patient whose powers cause him great mental and physical anguish. The plot weaves these disparate elements together in a rich narrative about familial love, an innocence lost but regained and the tragedy that befalls certain individuals despite society's efforts to 'fix them'. Add to that a great cold case murder mystery and you have the ingredients of a satisfying thriller. Looking forward to more great stories from this talented novelist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
Qureshi's latest is an e-book. A slight change from his earlier books this is not a `thriller" but a "supernatural thriller" (a nice designation, that) . A strange cast of characters, the connections between them are revealed gradually but intriguingly. And in Fred Bashir, the implacable partner of female detective Sam Banter, we have a comic character that fair bids to rival Qureshi's first creation, Jon Rupret, in the hilarity-sweepstakes! `Nuff said!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
I have mixed feelings about his book.

Three kids and one grown man have super powers. The three kids become friends and discover each others' super abilities. Okay makes for a nice kids' story.

Detective Samantha Banter has been assigned a cold case with no leads, frustrating her and her partner. Quite by accident, Samantha discovers that Clarence has a special ability and sets about garnering information from him to help solve the case. Makes for a clever murder mystery.

I'm okay with this. What I have trouble with is that parts of the book seem to be quite amateurish. Also while I was expecting a murder mystery, much was about the kids and events at their school. It reminded me of a made-for-television animation.

I'm not sure about the ending either. I was confused about Clarence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
This is a new author for me and I am pleasantly surprised. Not quite what I thought it would be from the title, and this is a good thing. Kept me on my toes. The story is well written. It has mystery, paranormal, humor, family, courage and honesty in the book. There are a few different storylines in this book that meld to form one great read. Also love what happens with Sam's daughter.

Detective Samantha Banter and her partner Detective Fred Bashir are given a cold case to solve. She is working against another pair of detectives. Whom ever solves their case first gets the promotion. How Sam and Fred go about solving this case makes for a great read. What Sam went through has made her grow as a person.

Well worth the read and I have a new favorite author.
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