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: 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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Review: The Chalk Man by C J Tudor

The Chalk Man by C J Tudor. Audiobook narrated by Andrew Scott and Asa Butterfield. Opening sentence, “The girl’s head rested on a small pile of orange and brown leaves.” Our lead character, Edward Adams, tells us the creepy story of The Chalk Man in both 2016 and 1986 (the year events are triggered) and […]

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Review: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie. Audiobook narrated by Hugh Fraser. Opening sentence: “No seaside town in the south of England is, I think, as attractive as St. Loo.” As with all Christie novels, there is always a hook, a twist, an unexpected element that makes it stand out from your average murder mystery […]

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Review: Himself by Jess Kidd

Himself by Jess Kidd Opening sentence: “His first blow: the girl made no noise, her dark eyes widened.” Jess Kidd is an author that came to my attention thanks to Twitter. More specifically, thanks to Marian Keyes on Twitter. She sang Jess’ praises, so when I saw this book in the library, I snapped it […]

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