Reading notes, week 41

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October 14: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. I may have read this in the distant past but don’t remember enough to be sure. Also with Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. It’s got a good proportion of nice people, good and clever people who aren’t necessarily nice, morally ambiguous people and icky people. And the person who I hoped had dunnit, had actually dunnit! It does feel like it’s approximately the same book as Dead Man’s Folly, the way Sleeping Murder and By the Pricking of My Thumbs seem to be approximately the same book (as each other, not as the other two).

October 12: Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie. A new one! And there are some nice people in it (okay, including Ariadne Oliver). Also, Poirot being Poirot but in this setting it doesn’t annoy much.

October 11: De kinderen van de Grote Fjeld by Laura Fitinghoff. Childhood favourite. Oh my, it’s so Protestant. Didn’t like the ending as much as I did when I was 10-11, because it seems to short-change the co-protagonist Malena, “your brother gets this wonderful chance to fulfill all his dreams, and you’re going to be big sister to this spoilt little girl instead of her actual big sister who died”. She does actually consent to it, probably even likes it, but it grates. (And I wonder if Malena, and perhaps also Magnus, would have been autistic-coded if it hadn’t been written in 1948 but in, say, 2018.) But it still makes me cry at all the right moments.

Custom Options Available by Amy Griswold, another story from It Gets Even Better. Very thoughtful (and sexy, eventually) robot POV.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Realised I had it with me when we had a host-a-murder weekend in the 1990s, mostly as a prop because not only the book but also the edition of the book we had was completely period, but don’t remember actually reading it so I’ll remedy that now (on recommendation; thank you, you-know-who-you-are). ETA: I had read it before, and the puzzle is okay but it suffers from No Nice Characters Syndrome, and the unreliable narrator isn’t very believable. The twist at the end isn’t believable either, it should have been foreshadowed SO MUCH.

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