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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:

 

[Source]

 

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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review 2017-10-11 20:01
Gilded Needles
Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! What a vicious revenge story! The novel starts slowly, but the pay off in the end has been brilliant.

 

Besides being a great and captivating read, the very last page made my day:

 

[...] she was the darling of a small but elegant hotel on the bleak coast of the North Sea at Dagebuell, near the German border with Denmark.

 

Dagebüll is about a 20 minute car drive away from my parents house.

 

Imagine Black Lena Shanks having lived in (almost) the same place as I did.

 

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text 2017-10-11 06:23
Reading progress update: I've read 79%.
Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell

Some of these characters are so gullible. Unbelievable.

 

 

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