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text 2017-10-14 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 287 pages.
Peril at End House - Agatha Christie

Poirot and Hastings are adorable in this book:


Poirot looked at me and sighed.

"If only - if only, Hastings, you would part your hair in the middle instead of the side! What a difference it would make to the symmetry of your appearance. And your moustache. If you must have a moustache, let it be a real moustache - a thing of beauty, such as mine."

Repressing a shudder at the thought, I took the note firmly from Poirot´s hand and left the room.


And I´m a big fan of Poirot´s moustache:


We have been slowly ascending the zig-zag path up the cliff. It was at this juncture that we passed throught the little gate into the grounds of End House.

"Pouf!" said Poirot. "That ascent is a steep one. I am hot. My moustaches are limp. [...]"


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text 2017-09-13 07:21
Not as impressive as others
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

I won't say I'm a Christie expert. I won't say I'm a Christie connoisseur. I won't even say I'm a Christie fanatic. What I am is an occasional Christie reader. I definitely have not read everything she's ever written. I haven't even finished all the books containing either Marple or Poirot. I have, however, read enough to know that I usually enjoy her stories. This was not one of them.


In the dedication Christie writes "You (James) complained that my murders were getting too refined- anaemic, in fact! You yearned for a 'good violent murder with lots of blood'. A murder where there was no doubt about its being murder! So this is your special story- written for you. I hope it may please. Your affectionate sister-in-law, Agatha"


What this tells me is Christie was writing this to please the audience, rather than herself, and it shows. The characters weren't nearly as complex as others and were somewhat choppy. I kept losing track of when Colonel Johnson was present for the action and when he'd gotten off somewhere. Which is pretty sad since he's the one who drags Poirot into the investigation in the first place. The characters kept getting churned up in my head and if Christie hadn't had people harping on aspects of the others personalities I would probably have completely lost them. Needless to say, with this much confusion going on and the clues not nearly as precise, if subtle, as I've seen from Christie, this book was really hard for me to get through. 


The ending, which I won't give away for those people like me who hadn't gotten to this book yet, was bewildering in so many ways. Was there three twists or four, and when did we see the clues that point to the actual murderer? I'm sorry to say, this whole book lacked cohesion and coherency for me, which was disappointing. Christie does much better work when she's only writing to please herself, not fulfill another's expectations.


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review 2017-09-10 03:00
The Beginning of our Egg Shaped Detective
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

I read this for "Country House Mystery" square. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie deals with the murder of the wealthy Mrs. Emily Inglethorp at her country home, Styles. This book brings together for the first time, Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, and Inspector Japp.




This was a cleverly done plot though I'm not going to lie, I really didn't understand a thing til the ending. I'm still maybe a bit confused about things since I think the final solution was a bit convoluted. I mean I don't care, I liked the story a lot, but Poirot connecting things at the end I did go wait a second, what. 


I will always love Poirot treating Hastings like an imbecile though. And we get to see Hastings at 30 and acting a fool over women per usual. I did crack up at one scene where he makes his intentions clear, the woman laughed at him. Twice. 


Poirot was great, though I see signs of the later Poirot that started to bug me with his keeping everyone in the dark and revealing all later. I do wonder why no criminals would not start refusing gatherings held by Poirot in the later books. I would have declined and fled.


We do get some key players in this one that I liked though. We follow two brothers, stepsons to Mrs. Inglethorp. However, it is really the women that shone more for me in this book. Mary Cavendish, John's wife, and the friend of the family, Cynthia were great. 


The book takes place during World War I so we get to see an England at war, though it doesn't read that way except for a few small details here and there. 


I would still rate "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" higher than this one, though this is a favorite too. 


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text 2017-09-10 00:02
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

Wow. So good. BL has been really slow so I haven't been posting updates. Finished this up around dessert. This was cleverly done.


Also I have the Kindle version of this book, but it weirdly won't show up on Goodreads when I plugged in the ISBN.  I don't know if something's wrong with that version that I have. I bought this apparently a couple of years ago when it was $0.99 on Amazon and just never read it. I was surprised I even had it. 


I really liked this look into how Poirot and Hastings met. The ultimate mystery about who murdered this older woman Emily Inglethorp, in a country house during World War I was really smartly done. I have to say that Hastings was still Hastings and we get younger version of Poirot. This had to be before The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I am going to be nosy about the timeline later. 


We have a twist thrown in and I was totally on the wrong track until all was revealed. Got a very good kick out of this. 


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text 2017-09-09 18:34
Some suggestions for today's bingo call!
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes (British Library Crime Classics) - Martin Edwards
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original) - Otto Penzler,Otto Penzler
Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) - Agatha Christie

Remember - you don't necessarily need to read an entire book to fill each square. The two collections are both chock full of "locked room" mysteries and other impossible crimes. The Black Lizard edition, edited by Otto Penzler, is a long book (900+ pages), and the Martin Edwards offering is part of the British Library Crime Classics series. One or two stories would fill this square nicely!


In addition, Murder on the Orient Express is such a wonderful book that everyone should read it! There is also a new adaptation coming soon to a theater near you, so if you plan to see the movie, always read the book first!


Finally, Death in the Tunnel has received a mixed reception here on BL. Both Tigus & I really liked it, but BrokenTune (I think) was decidedly lukewarm. 


Read on!

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