Reading notes, week 6

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February 12: The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. Very early Poirot, and I like Poirot more and Hastings less in this one than in later books in that series. The women in this one are very well done, each and every one of them, more diverse and more three-dimensional than the men. (Except for Jack; Jack is splendid.)

February 11: The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie. Another Superintendent Battle. It’s a pity that the resolution of the plot is so extremely implausible. For a Christie it’s full of nice people, though! And there is a wonderful little HEA epilogue.

February 10: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie. So much fun. Superintendent Battle is wonderful and so is Lady Eileen Bundle Brent. Now on a small (there isn’t much) Battle binge. (But must Anthony smoke so many cigarettes?)

February 8: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie. Always a favourite. I remembered whodunnit and some of the circumstances, but not everything; I wasn’t reading it for the mystery anyway. (Mostly for Hinch and Murgatroyd, who are so coded as a lesbian couple. And for Phillipa.) Strangely, throughout the epub copy I’ve got the Blacklock sisters are called “Blacklog” and I thought I was just misremembering but it seems to be an honest mistake. Should perhaps take calibre’s editor to it. Then I can also correct the “A Murder is Announces” which appears before every new chapter.

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