February 5: The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Almost DNF’ed it because of No Nice Characters Syndrome but then at 20% Midge and Edward appeared. Still separately but that gets better, though not without some hurdles. I sort of like it but it’s not my favourite Christie, not even my favourite Poirot (which is, and will always be, Cat Among the Pigeons; my favourite Christie overall is probably Sleeping Murder, though 4:50 from Paddington, A Murder is Announced, and Cat Among the Pigeons itself are also strong contenders).
February 2: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie. The mystery plot is excellent and I love the first-person narrator but oh my, all the (period-typical) racism and orientalism. Mixed feelings. Someone I respect a lot, and usually agree with, gave it five stars on Goodreads even though they’re in a marginalized group themself (not one mentioned in the book though).
January 31: The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. A much more brutal Snow Queen book than the Mercedes Lackey one. On reread it was more powerful (and more creepy) than I remembered, but fortunately the creepiness didn’t overcome it.