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text 2017-10-22 16:44
Morbid curiosity ...
The Woman Who Ran - Sam Baker

... or should I avoid this book like the plague?


I received this mystery novel through my Willoughby book club suscription and while I laid my eyes on it I thought: Well, I would never have picked up this book in a book store. The titel of the book and the cover are not appealing to me at all. And then there is the blurb:


When someone is under your skin, there is only so far you can run...She can run. But can she hide?

Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy and why is she so evasive? Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her. With everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe? Most days she can barely remember who she is...


Helen? ... Wildfell Hall? ... Apparently this book is based on The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This tiny snippet of information peaks my curiosity enough to read this book, yet at the same time I´m pretty sure that I´m going to dislike this book immensely.


I think it would be the best for my reading health to give this book a pass and give it away to charity.

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review 2017-10-21 19:12
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

I won´t be saying much about the story. It´s brilliant and worth every single star of my five star rating back when I read it for the very first time.


I had a problem with the narration of this audiobook. Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. But he simply isn´t a convincing Poirot (it didn´t help that I listened to David Suchets splendid Poirot performance in Death on the Nile before listening to this audiobook). Whereas Suchet is bringing Poirot to live with his charming ways in one moment and his obnoxious behaviour in another by the mere use of his voice, the narration of Dan Stevens Poirot has stayed the same throughout the whole book and thus he hasn´t been able to bring the little Belgian detective to life for me.


I have to check out the David Suchet narration of this audiobook. I´m pretty sure I will like that one better.

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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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review 2017-10-12 21:24
The Secret Adversary
The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie did it again. She completely fooled me and my initial suspicion has been wrong. Not that I didn´t expect this, because, let´s be honest, it´s an Agatha Christie novel. She just knows how to use red herrings.


I have to admit, though, that I´m not a big fan of her spy / secret organization novels. They are just incredibly ridiculous and the numeral system for the villians reminds me of:




Ups, wrong book / movie series. But to be honest, whenever Nr. 1 or Nr. 14 are mentioned I´m reminded of the James Bond movies and it´s a bit distracting. Suffice it to say that Christie has used this device in one of her other books as well (I think The Seven Dials Mystery). So it´s getting kind of old.


As for Tommy and Tuppence, how these two have managed to stay alive is beyond me. They make stupid decisions and the "bright young things" attitude was enervating and annoying at times. It´s not like I hated these characters, but I haven´t fallen head over heels in love with them either. I hope in the next books they will grow up and become more mature.


I´ve read this novel for the "Darkest London" square for the halloween bingo. A big portion of the book takes place in London.




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text 2017-10-12 11:06
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 324 pages.
The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie

I have an inkling who the infamous Mr. Brown is in real life. I wonder if I´m right.


Btw, I didn´t show you my new Poirot mug, haven´t I? 




A pot of tea and an Agatha Christie novel. The perfect way to spend a thursday with (the usual) changing weather. 


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