REVIEW: Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

So this is that book from that one Doctor Who episode, and that was basically all I could think about while I was reading it. Unfortunately, no giant alien wasps feature in this Poirot mystery.1 The best thing about Death in the Clouds2 was, of course, the characters. Not Poirot, because he still annoys me, but his temporary sidekick3 was lots of fun and there’s some fun stuff with a mystery writer getting into trouble.

DNF: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Poirot and I have a hit-or-miss relationship– sometimes I think he’s charming, sometimes I think he’s uber annoying. My enjoyment of his books mostly depends on the phases of the moon and/or the stars in the sky lining up and/or whatever. Anyway, this time around I found him super annoying. Possibly because the narrator found him annoying, too, and so we both focused on Poirot’s worse habits as opposed to his good ones? And there Read More …

REVIEW: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

There are some books that, no matter how many times I read them, I can’t make stick in my mind. I can’t remember the plot, I can’t remember the characters– heck, I’m lucky if I remember who even wrote the thing. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of those books, and it’s really weird that I can’t remember it because it’s Agatha Christie’s first book ever. So surely it’d have SOMETHING to it that’d Read More …

REVIEW: Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

Cover image of Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

My favorite part about memoirs is learning about both the person writing the memoir and about the years they spent living the stuff they’re writing about. For instance, Agatha Christie’s autobiography covers about sixty years, from when she was born in the late Victorian period to somewhere in the 1960s. That’s a huge range of time, with tons of interesting things going on– not least her writing her books that I so enjoy today. Probably Read More …

The Sunday Salon (Nov. 13): Tiny reviews no. 2

I fell a bit behind in my reading this week. I got distracted by various things on Hulu, including– and this is exciting– the Magic Knight Rayearth anime! It’s dubbed, which is slightly unfortunate, but I’m just happy I found it for free. I’m planning on doing a review or something once I finish watching it; so far it’s almost exactly like the manga, both the good and bad. Anyway, luckily I had a small Read More …

N or M? by Agatha Christie

Continuing on my adventure through the Tommy and Tuppence series by Agatha Christie (previous reviews), I’m now on the third book, N or M? Tommy and Tuppence are back, a little older, with two grown children and another World War on the horizon. They’re called back into action to ferret out two German spies, the male spy M and the female spy N, from a sleepy little place called Sans Souci. First off, I want Read More …

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

Partners in Crime is the second book in the Tommy and Tuppence series by Agatha Christie. It’s a short story collection tied together by an overarching plot: Tommy and Tuppence are hired to pose as a detective firm in order to ensnare a Russian spy ring. They end up solving quite a few mysteries in between spy-hunting, playing a game of famous detective-imitation along the way. I’ve, er, never heard of most of those detectives, Read More …

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

I didn’t really have any expectations for this, mostly because I’m only familar with Christie’s Poirot books and not much else. However, I was immensely satisfied to discover that this is a truly excellent book. I had a lot of fun reading it! The action and drama was kept high throughout the course of the plot, and the twist at the end was marvelously well-done. I didn’t expect it at all– in fact, I thought Read More …