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review 2017-03-20 23:05
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

I wanted to read this because I went to see a play based on the book a while ago and I was curious about the book itself. So, of course, although I knew what happened in the play, I couldn’t know exactly how things would play out in the book. This is one of Christie’s standalone mystery novels.


The premise is that ten people are invited to Soldier Island, accused of being murderers, and then they start dropping like flies. Suspicions and accusations fly around and yet people keep dying. It was interesting and entertaining but I still found it a bit farfetched, especially that last murder.


It probably didn’t help that I was reading it with a residual headache.

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review 2017-03-19 19:23
Excellent Study in the Little Gray Cells
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Not too much to say about this one besides the fact I really enjoyed it.



On a flight we have Poirot on the scene when a woman is found dead before the end of the flight. At first it appears that a wasp has stung her, but looking closer it appears someone has killed her with a dart. With a plane of suspects it takes all of Poirot's little gray cells to figure out how do the killer do this and why. 


I always enjoy it when Christie's books have diagrams in them. This one does and spells out where each character is sitting. I honestly didn't try to guess who did it and just enjoyed the ride that Christie takes us on. We get to follow a couple of different characters POV in this one and so at first glance you wonder if you are being fed a bill of goods by someone. It's honestly not til the end until everything neatly ties together. 


We even have Poirot going back and forth from England to Paris in this one which was a lot of fun. No Hastings on the scene, but we do have Inspector Japp. There's also a reference to a man that Poirot one upped from Murder on the Links which made me crack up.


I thought all the characters were very done, though I always laugh when Poirot gathers everyone together and reveals all. If you're a murderer why even attend?


This case was great to me since we get to follow each line of inquiry that Poirot has and we in a way get to see how his brain works. I can't recall another Poirot book that got this in depth with questions, answers, descriptions of people's luggage, etc. It felt like a lot of info being thrown at you, but once the killer is revealed you get why Poirot did the things he did. 

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text 2017-03-18 23:26
Reading progress update: I've read 253 out of 253 pages.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Done. What an awesome conclusion!

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text 2017-03-18 13:17
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 253 pages.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Madame Giselle is dead.

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review 2017-03-17 21:50
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie

You’ve already had the chance to read Obsidian’s thoughts on this Agatha Christie mystery. As she was reading, it was pretty clear to me that she wasn’t loving it, which caused me to try to reach back into my past to the first time I read this book.


Because this is one of my favorite Agatha Christie non-Poirot books, but I don’t think it was the first time I read it. What I like about it is its simplicity, which sounds really strange because the plot itself is quite convoluted. But the premise is simple: mysteriously attractive young man meets bright attractive young woman at beautiful country home, mayhem, murder, hijinks and romance ensue. The rest of it, to me, is just gravy. It is a first class romp, madcap and occasionally harebrained. It’s a grown up Nancy Drew mystery, with Virginia as Nancy and Anthony as Ned Nickerson, wandering about Chimneys in the dark with torches, running into umbrella stands and finding corpses.



I can’t take it seriously, but I can seriously enjoy it. I understand why it isn’t for everyone. Obsidian did such a good with the plot summary and analysis that I’m not going to bother with it myself. My review is about how this book makes me feel. Nothing she said is inaccurate – it is convoluted, obscure, occasionally silly, and the characters behave like ninnies from time to time. Inspector Battle is wonderful, but OB’s dig about his “twinkle” is well deserved.


It took me more than one reading for it to worm its way into my affections, and at this point it is a comfort read of the highest order.

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