After writing down reviews of five golden-age mysteries, here are reviews of more mysteries: 3 Fictional, one Non-Fictional.AT BERTRAM'S HOTEL (1965)In this year, I read a review of Eric Ambler's Epitaph for a Spy @ Bitter Tea and Mystery. After reading the fine review, I wanted to read a book set in a hotel. The … Continue reading More Mysteries
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS SO PLEASE DON'T READ IT IF YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK AND HAVE NOT READ AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.I was in school when I first read And Then There Were None. Agatha Christie was already a great favourite and I was searching for all her books and reading them. … Continue reading In its 75th Year: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Losing one's way and ending up in a strange and (oft times) sinister situation is a plot technique often used by mystery writers. [See Death Knocks Three Times, and The Whispering House] Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler? also begins with our hero Frank Amberley (a brilliant barrister as the blurb has it) helplessly lost … Continue reading Two Disappointing: Why Shoot a Butler?, & Endless Night
Can any book by Agatha Christie be considered as a forgotten book? This week at Patti Abbot's blog, the focus is on finding a forgotten book by an author who outsells almost all other writers and whose books are still in print while her contemporaries (some of them absolutely brilliant) languish in obscurity. Quite a … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Jacko Argyle is convicted of having killed his foster-mother. Two years later, he dies in prison while serving his sentence. After his death, a stranger, Arthur Calagry, turns up at the Argyle household claiming that Jacko was innocent and that on the fateful night of the murder, he had taken lift from Arthur. He hopes … Continue reading O is for Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
Eight people - strangers to each other - are invited to an island off the Devon coast. On arriving there, they are welcomed not by their hosts -who have unfortunately been delayed but would be joining them the next day - but by the serving couple. Strangely enough, all of them have only a hazy idea … Continue reading A is for And Then There Were None
This year I have decided to post (at least) one list per month citing some of my favourites. Inspired by Rishi @ Classic Mystery Hunt, who posted a list of his favourite Agatha Christie Reads, I am posting (in alphabetical order) my 12 favourite books written by her.AND THEN THERE WERE NONE/ TEN LITTLE NIGGERS/ … Continue reading Twelve Best: Agatha Christie.