Review: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Opening sentence:“Gwenda Reed stood, shivering a little, on the quayside.” To give it its full title – Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple’s Last Case is, ironically, my first ever Miss Marple read. But why start with her final book, you ask? Well… I assure you there is method to my madness! I decided 2019 would be […]

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Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

This edition published by HarperCollins 1998 (First published 1938) / 219 pages Opening sentence: “Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked briskly along the platform.” ‘I feel like reading a book to get me in the Christmas mood’, I thought. ‘Yes, why not see what Poirot is up to over the […]

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Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Published by HarperCollins 24th January 2019 / 400 pages Opening sentence: “I see a man coming through the falling snow.” It’s no secret that I love a bit of Agatha Christie so when I kept seeing reviews of The Hunting Party saying that in plot and tone it evoked the great lady herself, I couldn’t […]

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Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Audiobook narrated by David Suchet / Running time: 7:59 Whenever I conjure up a picture of Hercule Poirot in my mind, it’s basically always David Suchet playing the iconic character (pictured below). He just so perfectly embodied everything about Poirot – from his moustaches to his mannerisms and accent (David Suchet is English but cracks […]

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Review: Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie Opening sentence: “‘Do I remember the Crale case?’ asked Sir Montague Depleach. Today would have been Agatha Christie’s 128th birthday, so it’s only fitting that I post about one of her marvelous books! Five Little Pigs sees legendary detective Hercule Poirot take on an interesting case. He gets a visit from Carla […]

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Review: The Mystery of Three-Quarters by Sophie Hannah

Published 23rd August 2018 by HarperCollins / 400 pages Opening sentence: “Hercule Poirot smiled to himself as his driver brought the motorcar to a stop with satisfying symmetry.” Sophie Hannah is a successful crime writer who, since 2014 (with permission from the Christie estate), has been writing new Hercule Poirot stories in the voice of […]

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Review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton Opening sentence: “On the hottest day of the year, Larry Glassbrook has come home to his native Lancashire for the last time, and the townsfolk have turned out to say goodbye.” Mix a good old-fashioned murder mystery with elements of witchcraft and yes, I’m going to be interested. I heard […]

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