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text 2018-12-13 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 268 pages.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

"Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me she´s transmitted those brains to her children." He raised himself suddenly up. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You´re not worth a penny piece, any of you! I´m sick of all of you! You´re not men! You´re weaklings - a set of namby-pamby weaklings. Pilar´s worth any two of you put together! I´ll swear to heaven I´ve got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born the right side of the blanket!"

 

When it comes to dysfunctional families, the Lee family definitely takes the cake. A very toxic Christmas to all of them.

 

Christie clearly must have had fun writing the character of Simeon Lee, the old patriarch of the family. Otherwise I can´t explain all the cackling and sinister hand-rubbing his character is doing throughout the story.

 

It´s so much fun and so far I´m having a blast with this book.

 

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text 2018-12-12 17:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - Human Rights Day, Task 2 (70+ Year Old Characters)
Miss Marple Omnibus Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens,Norman Page
The Final Solution - Michael Chabon

Admittedly fairly obvious choices, but anyway:

 

1. Miss Marple -- who may or may not have cracked 70 at the beginning of the series (The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930) but is an elderly lady even then and must have been over 90 by the time the last book about her was published, some 46 years later (Sleeping Murder).

2. Allan Karlsson -- the eponymous protagonist of The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

3. Little Nell's Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop.

 

Honorary mention:

 

Sherlock Holmes -- who has retired and is keeping bees in the South Downs in The Final Solution, which is set in 1944.

 

 

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text 2018-12-11 21:48
Reading progress update: I've read 34%. - finally - a Poirot book that feels polished and assured
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

After some dissatisfaction with the much later "Third Girl", I decided to try an earlier Poirot to see what I'd been missing.

 

"The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd" seems to be the most highly recommended Agatha Christie book. It's also the fourth Hercule Poirot book, qualifying it for Door 13 Advent in the 24 Festive Tasks challenge.

 

I'm about a third of the way through and very pleased with this book. The writing is assured and confident. The narrator, a local doctor, is a good observer and makes a great foil for the rather odd little Belgian man who lives next door to him. The murder mystery is a sort of amped-up locked room mystery with a wide variety of possible villains and some peculiar plot twists, for example how the good doctor is first made aware of Ackroyd's death.

 

I think what I'm enjoying most is that, in this book, Agatha Christie has forgone the authorial voice and is telling the tale entirely through the eyes of the good doctor. I wonder if this is a deliberate allusion to Holmes and Watson. In any event, so far it has produced a clearer and more intimate view of what is going on as well as a fresh-pair-of-eyes assessment of Poirot.

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review 2018-12-11 13:27
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

Ten people of different professions and social statuses receive an unusual invitation from a certain millionaire named U.N. Owen. The invitation requires them to stay for a week in a private Indian Island.

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review 2018-12-11 12:47
Ordeal By Innocence by Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie

Ordeal By Innocence, the 1958 novel of Agatha Christie, is the first book I’ve read among Christie’s long list of novels.

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