Posts Tagged: mystery

Reading notes, week 6

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

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Reading notes, week 5

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

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Reading notes, week 1

January 8: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. (Goodness, I’ve been reading nothing but Agatha Christie this week!) It’s got much Poirot. Perhaps it’s the quintessential Poirot, perhaps this only seems to be the case because it’s been filmed so often. But it’s good. January 7: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, because a friend and I

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Reading notes, week 47

November 27: Goblin Fruit by Celia Lake, #2 in the Mysterious Charm series. The protagonist is a supporting character in #6, and it’s nice to read her backstory! Spouse said to skip the sex scenes, but there were only two (and a half, one was in a dream) and I thought they were okayish (not

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Reading notes, week 41

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

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Reading notes, week 40

October 9: The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. Comfort cozy mystery after the mad whirl of teenaged girls. Like many Inspector French books, it has a faux ending at 2/3 and then has a completely new take on the mystery and a resolution! Deftly done. I like the wrap-up at the end. October

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Reading notes, week 30

July 29: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. Re-reread, of course, likely to lead to a reread of the whole Mangoverse. July 27: Inspector French and Sir John Magill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts. Trying to read all the Inspector Frenches I haven’t read yet in publication order (and fill up the gaps). Strange

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Reading notes, week 22

June 4: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. Even better than the previous time. (Bread isn’t meant to fly. But it makes pretty good watershoes as long as it’s stale enough.) Perhaps not such a good idea to read it right now because it makes me want to bake and we don’t

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Reading notes, week 18

May 9: A Good Kiss is Hard to Find by Augustine Lang. Reread, but I’d forgotten most of the real meat of the story. I like these people! And it’s a kind of romance I can actually read without cringing, with very little failure-to-communicate. May 6: A Fairwell Friendship by Augustine Lang. Romance is not

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Reading notes, week 17

April 27: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts. I can hardly imagine that this book is a hundred years old! (A hundred and one in fact: it was first published in 1920 though the epub I have of it is of a 1921 edition.) It’s long and convoluted, and I somewhat agree with one review

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