Monday, May 16, 2022
Monday, May 09, 2022
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (library) The latest in the Outlander Series, loved it as usual. Listened to part of it on disc but finished it with the written word. (they don't give you enough time from the library to ever finish the book in audio format!! LOL)
Funerals are Fatal by Agatha Christie Another enjoyable Christie, maybe this will be the next one made into a movie by Branagh?
Lord Edgeware Dies by Agatha Christie It is interesting that Christie often has actors and actresses as characters in her books. I am recently learning that she was actually hugely active in theater and wrote many many plays, (not just Mousetrap) so she was very familiar with actors
IQ by Joe Ide (library) I really enjoyed this book about a smart kid trying his best to survive under circumstances beyond his control. There are more as this is the first in a series and I look forward to reading more.
The Whistler by John Grisham (audiobook) A lawyer blows the whistle on a corrupt Judge in Florida amid Indian Casino graft.
Dreams of Africa in Alabama by Sylviane A. Diouf (library) the story of the Slave ship Clotilda and the Africans who were brought to America on that ship.
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie murder on an airplane - talk about your closed room murder! So much fun to read
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (library) this mystery is solved by the idea that the murderer kills more people to hide the real murder for which he has a motive.
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci (library) memoir of Stanley Tucci really great, I might have to purchase this one just to get all the great recipes he includes (plus the recipe for a fool-proof martini)
Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie Should have saved this one for December, but it is really good and I was glad I read it now!
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (library) The first Miss Marple mystery (not counting some short stories)
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl (library audio book) loved it! Memoir of Dave of the Foo Fighters. Reading so many Agatha Christies, it was a nice break to read the memoirs of Tucci and Grohl this month. Both great artists within their realms of Acting and Music.The Runaway by Nick Petrie (library) The latest Peter Ash novel. If you are a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Nick Petrie's Peter Ash is the next great champion of the underdogs. This time he helps a runaway.
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie AND
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie It is so crazy that I just happened to read both of these books back to back and they both have GIRL GUIDES in them that get murdered. What did Agatha have against the girl guides! ha ha Both were great fun, one is Marple and one is Poirot (with Adriadne Oliver) I am going to have to be on the lookout to see if she murders any more girl guides!! LOL
Monday, April 25, 2022
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Thursday, March 31, 2022
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (library) Another thriller style mystery from her early writing career. Full of crazy nicknames, folks called Bundle and Pongo and Socks
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie short stories featuring the eccentric Belgian detective
The Hollow by Agatha Christie (library) Lots of star-crossed lovers in this book. A is married to B but loves C. X also loves C. Y loves A but A loves C, D loves Y but Y loves A. Etc Etc Etc. So when A is murdered who done it???
Agatha Christie the Finished Portrait by Dr. Andrew Norman (library) If you look at the Agatha Christie Autobiography and think, oh dear, I'll never read all that! This is the book for you. Dr. Norman condenses it all down to a few chapters AND he analyzes her 1926 disappearance, comparing it to her book, Unfinished Portrait (written under the name, Mary Westmacott. Unfinished Portrait is basically autobiographical. The story is the story of Christie's life only the names are changed.)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet twin sisters: one passes for white and one remains light skinned black. Very good.
The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie aka One, Two Buckle My Shoe, aka An Overdose of Death why oh why did they feel the need to change the titles for the USA market? Several Agatha Christie books have different titles for the USA and I can get confused as to if I have read the book already or not. This book has 3 titles. UGH. But is is a good read. Who would kill the dentist??
Endless Night by Agatha Christie This one is more like a romantic melodrama than a mystery. Poor boy and Rich girl meet and marry and build their dream house on property with a Gypsy Curse!
The Blue Tattoo by Margot Mifflin (library) the story of Olive Oatman who was kidnapped by Indians and lived among them for many years before being liberated and returned to white society.
The Boys by Ron and Clint Howard (library) Their memoir about growing up as child actors in Hollywood. I enjoyed it.
Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie this is the one where they blame the death on the dog (who is the dumb witness) but Poirot figures out who done it.
Second Wind by Dick Francis in this mystery, the protagonist is a weatherman/meteorologist. I like how Francis would use all sorts of different professions and still tie them to horse racing.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (library) quite fun. I had seen the mini series and so I just had to read the book. And the book is wonderful.
Monday, March 28, 2022
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Monday, March 07, 2022
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim Such a sad book. Two boys are molested by their Little League Coach, one becomes a street hustler and the other thinks he was abducted by aliens.
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (library) not my favorite. This one was written while she was going through the most difficult time of her life, with the death of her mother and the split from her husband with her break down and disappearance.
Flying Blind by Peter Robison (library) The story of the 737 Max and Boeing. Very interesting and I recommend
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont (library) So I have been crazy reading everything about Agatha Christie lately and this appeared at my local library as having just been published and it is a fictional story about the disappearance of Agatha Christie. I thought it was ludicrous. I think if I did not know so much about the true story, I might have found it more interesting or been more sympathetic to the characters. The story itself could have been interesting and I feel it did not need to hang on the coat-tails of the Agatha Christie legend. So I did not enjoy it that much. The basic plot/mystery was good but I object to adding it to the Christie disappearance.
The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan (library) who gave up the Franks location so that they were sent to the concentration camps? Lots of research went into this book and it was extremely fascinating. Especially having been to Amsterdam and seen the house/warehouse/annex and visited the Corrie Ten Boom house in Haarlem as well, I found it very interesting. I highly recommend a visit to the sites in the Netherlands (and their museum of the Resistance is also worth a visit.
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie I read this one a few years ago when I was going to Petra, I never made it to Petra because of Covid, so bitter sweet reading it again and having that memory attached to the book
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie (library) this one is fun because of the Ariadne Oliver character. Agatha Christie created an alter-ego in her books: Mrs. Oliver is a mystery writer, who is extremely similar to Christie herself. It is fun to read knowing that.
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie (library) The title comes from a Shakespeare play. There are many nods to Shakespeare in the Agatha Christie books.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (library) I read this one in one day, I could not put it down! The story was interesting and often frustrating. The heroes are thwarted constantly and it was starting to really annoy me and I was not sure if ever there would be a happy ending.
Escapes by Daniel Tunnard (library) a story about Scrabble players in Argentina. Quite wild.
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie The mystery is that a murder was committed several years ago (and the murderer supposedly tried and incarcerated and now dead as well) but a witness arrives and has the alibi for the alleged murderer. So a family knows that the true murderer has been with them all along and gotten away with it.
J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski (library) biography of J. D. Salinger, if you are a fan, you will like it.
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie This one is very fun. A very Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy vibe as a couple investigate and sleuth a murder mystery. Nancy Drew elements: They get conked on the head and tied up in an attic. Smarmy villains and the female heroine is spunky and outgoing. The male hero is very much a boy scout/Hardy Boy type guy.
The Great Imposter by Robert Crichton before Frank Abagnale Jr (Catch Me if You Can) there was Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr -- Ryan and I first heard of him when we visited the Texas Prison museum in Huntsville, TX. He actually worked as a warden at the Prison at one point when he was "on the run" It was also made into a movie starring Tony Curtis.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty (library) Loved it, really enjoyed, Highly recommend -- a story about a tennis playing family and the drama that they go thru when their mother goes missing.
Don't want to say much more cause it will give everything away. But I could not put it down and read it all in one day.
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (library) (audiobook) I loved it. It is a biography of Christie, but they also analyze the books and look at them in context of what was happening in Christie's life when she wrote them. Opinions on which are best. It also discusses her work in the theater. I actually had no idea that she had written so many plays and did the adaptations of her books for the theater. Very interesting for fans of Christie. I enjoyed it so much, I am going to get it for myself and keep a copy of the book here at home for future rereading. (It is on my birthday wish list )