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review 2018-02-02 03:28
Crooked House
Crooked House - Rory Kinnear,Anna Maxwell,Phil Davis,Agatha Christie
Crooked House - Agatha Christie

I checked this BBC Adaptation of from my library because I was in a hurry and it said "unabridged", but it has to be abridged somehow.  It was only 1 hour and 45 minutes long?  It's a full cast dramatisation though, and perhaps that allowed it to tell the full story without all the descriptive text and 'he said' stuff.


Either way, it was an excellent production, although it's obviously meant to be seen as well as heard, so some of the sound effects didn't work as well as they could have (the 'love' scenes just sounded... damp).  I thoroughly enjoyed the production once I got used to the format.  But I will read this book in print at some point; I want to know if I've missed any subtleties that Christie is famous for. 


The story is one of my favorites so far - definitely darker than her usual, but not as bad as I feared at all.  I admit I guessed the murderer, but only because I suspect the actor played the part too well.  Something was said midway - I can't even remember what - and I thought, it's probably 'x'.  I was never sure, and Christie almost let me astray at one point, but the reveal wasn't the shocking twist it might have been.  It didn't diminish my enjoyment in the least.


I have one other of these dramatisations checked out for Murder on the Links and I'm going to go ahead and listen to it (I think golf is boring, so I need the drama), but after that I'll take the time to hunt down the full, true audiobooks of Christie's work; at least for the first read.

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text 2017-12-27 06:51
Favorite books of 2017 part 1
Shameless - Gina L. Maxwell
If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
Checkmate: This is War - Kennedy Fox
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel - Lisa Williamson
History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

Part  2 will be on the  31    what were some of your  favorites  this  year   :)

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review 2017-12-24 00:00
If Ever I Should Love You
If Ever I Should Love You - Cathy Maxwell Simple is never part of the equation when it comes to love. Nothing involving the heart ever is. However, the ballad of Leonie and Roman is like is like an onion. The layers run deep and the tears are no surprise. Cathy Maxwell has a talent for breaking a heart in the sweetest of ways. Leonie is stuck in the past, reliving her mistakes and punishing herself for them. It's hard to like her, but in time you will understand her. Her burden of guilt has flawed her soul. Roman was never meant to be a hero, but he ended up being a twofold one. He had the courage to listen to his heart and pursue the one woman he had to work the hardest for and the foresight to empathize and help mend an at times callous, but brutally broken heart. If Ever I Should Love You may run hot and cold, but it appeals to what makes us human.
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text 2017-11-10 18:27
The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwel $1.99!
[ THE BRIDE SAYS NO: THE BRIDES OF WISHMORE (BRIDES OF WISHMORE #1) ] By Maxwell, Cathy ( Author) 2014 [ Compact Disc ] - Cathy Maxwell

What happens when a bride says no?


He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.

What happens when the heart says yes?


He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.


And now he must make a choice: marry for honor . . . or marry for love?

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review 2017-11-02 21:30
Mulch Ado about Murder (Local Foods Mystery) - Edith Maxwell

Spring has arrived in Westbury, Massachusetts and it finds organic farmer Cam Flaherty dealing with her parents unexpected visit and worrying about her crops. While making a flat delivery Cam discovers the body of Nicole Kingsbury,the owner of the new hydroponics greenhouse. One of the suspects in the murder is Cam's own mother Deb who was leading a protest against the greenhouse that morning and was seen inside the greenhouse. With the help of her father Will Cam finds herself helping with the investigation to clear her mother;s name. I got an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.com

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