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review 2017-04-24 23:53
Death Comes as the End
Death Comes As the End - Agatha Christie

“All life is a jest, Imhotep - and it is death who laughs last. Do you not hear it at every feast? Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die.”

Death Comes as the End is Dame Agatha's only historical mystery and she makes full use of her in-depth knowledge of Ancient Egypt. The detail of Egyptian artefacts and religious beliefs Dame Agatha weaved into this was delightful and made up for the odd dalliances with annoying love triangles. What it didn't quite achieve was to give some authenticity to the characters which still seemed as if they had been copied out of an English country house setting. 

 

I guess, in a way one could argue that the relationships between Christie's characters and their issues are universal, but I could not help imagine some of the characters having a strong London accent. 

 

Never mind, it was a fun read.

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text 2017-04-24 01:23
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Death Comes As the End - Agatha Christie

LoL. Imhotep sounds a lot like Colonel Protheroe from Murder at the Vicarage.

I wonder if this story will take a similar turn...

 

 

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text 2017-04-23 08:05
My massive (Christie) bookhaul

At the beginning of the week I tried to stuff money into my piggy bank.

 

 

But it was full to the brim. The only sensible thing I could do to relief the poor piggy bank of its pain was to take money out of it and to buy books. I set myself a limit of 200€ ... I spend about 250€ (before you ask, I didn´t take all of the money out of it). And I bought the shocking amount of 40 books.

 

Let´s start with my Agatha Christie´s:

 

 

I bought just about half of the Poirot books:

 

 

Just about half of the Miss Marple books:

 

 

All of the Tommy and Tuppence books:

 

 

Some of the standalone novels:

 

 

Anf then I bought these three beauties:

 

 

The only thing I have to do now is to buy new book shelves ;).

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-20 18:13
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd / Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

In the village of King's Abbot, a widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study--but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow's blackmailer. King's Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd's wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim's home. It's now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King's Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd--a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard's ingenious sister, Caroline.

 

M. Poirot, what were you thinking? Retiring to a small village to grow vegetable marrows? I too would hurl them in fits of regret! As if marrows could suitably engage those little grey cells!

Excellent depiction of the competitive sport of gossip. Small communities everywhere suffer from it. That is one of the reasons that I came to live in a city—I can actually keep my private life relatively private!

Dame Agatha really did set the patterns for current mystery literature, didn’t she? Very, very enjoyable and as usual, I had no idea who the perpetrator was until M. Poirot did the big reveal.

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text 2017-04-20 15:18
Update to Agatha Christie Reads for 2017

 

Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Books
 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) 
 
The Murder on the Links (1923) 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) 
 
The Big Four (1927) 
 
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) 
 
Peril at End House (1932) 
 
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) 
 
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) 
 
Three Act Tragedy (1935) 
 
Death in the Clouds (1935) 
 
The A.B.C. Murders (1936) 
 
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936)
 
Dumb Witness (1937) 
 
Death on the Nile (1937) 
 
Appointment with Death (1938) 
 
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938)
 
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) 
 
Evil Under the Sun (1941) 
 
Five Little Pigs (1942) 
 
The Hollow (1946) 
 
Taken at the Flood (1948) 
 
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952) 
 
After the Funeral (1953)
 
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955) 
 
Dead Man's Folly (1956) 
 
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
 
The Clocks (1963) 
 
Third Girl (1966) 
 
Hallowe'en Party (1969) 
 
Elephants Can Remember (1972) 
 
Curtain (1975) 
 
The Monogram Murders (2014) (Not reading this since it's not a Christie book)
 
Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

Poirot Investigates (1924) 

Murder in the Mews (1937) 

The Labours of Hercules (1947) 

Poirot's Early Cases (1974) 
 
Publication Order of Miss Marple Books

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) 
 
The Body in the Library (1942) 
 
The Moving Finger (1942)
 
A Murder is Announced (1950) 
 
They Do It with Mirrors (1952)
 
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953) 
 
4:50 From Paddington (1957) 
 
The Mirror Crack'd (1962) 
 
A Caribbean Mystery (1964) 
 
At Bertram's Hotel (1965) 
 
Nemesis (1971) 
 
Sleeping Murder (1976) 

Publication Order of Miss Marple Collections

The Thirteen Problems (1932) 

Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979) 

Publication Order of Tommy and Tuppence Books

The Secret Adversary (1922)

N or M? (1941) 

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) 

Postern of Fate (1973) 
 
Partners in Crime (1929) 
 
Publication Order of Superintendent Battle Books

The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
 
The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936) 
 
Murder is Easy (1939) 
 
Towards Zero (1944) 
 
Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)

Giant's Bread (1930) 

The Sittaford Mystery (1931) 

Unfinished Portrait (1934) 

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934) 

And Then There Were None (1939) 

Sad Cypress (1940) H

Absent in the Spring (1944) 

Death Comes as the End (1944) 

Sparkling Cyanide (1945) 

The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) 

Crooked House (1949)

They Came to Baghdad (1951) 

A Daughter's a Daughter (1952) 

Destination Unknown (1954)

The Burden (1956) 

Ordeal by Innocence (1958) 

The Pale Horse (1961) 

Endless Night (1967) 

Passenger to Frankfurt (1970) 
 
Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930) 

The Hound of Death (1933) 

The Listerdale Mystery (1934) 

Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) 

The Regetta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948) 

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950)

The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951)

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960) 

Double Sin and Other Stories (1961) 

Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (1965) 

The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1974)

Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991) 
 
The Harlequin Tea Set (1997) 

While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997) 
 
 
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