I am behind with my monthly wrap-up and with all things blog to be honest. It’s been little Leo’s first birthday (where that year went I do not know) so I’ve been busy sorting out his party and then I had a lovely bout of food poisoning so I am behind with life at the moment!
September saw the birthday of Agatha Christie so I decided to indulge myself a little and have a Christie binge to celebrate. Which is why seven of my fourteen reads this month have been Christie mysteries. I’ve had heaps of fun with this so I might have to do it every September!
WHAT I’VE BEEN READING
‘The Wicked Cometh’ by Laura Carlin. Victorian London and there are sinister deeds afoot on the dark murky London streets. A book of two halves for me – the first half I struggled with, but the second half was absolutely brilliant!
‘Greatest Hits’ by Laura Barnett. Over one day, musician Cass Wheeler delves into her past and faces her hurt. I loved this book! A fantastic concept for a book. It was full of emotion, heart and music, I couldn’t put it down. A brilliant read. Book Review – ‘Greatest Hits’ by Laura Barnett
‘Endless Night’ by Agatha Christie. A couple move into their dream home built on old gypsy land, their happiness quickly turns to a nightmare. So full of atmosphere, this has to be one of the best Christie’s I’ve ever read. With a fantastic, unpredictable twist, it would easily sit among the psychological thrillers of today. Book Review – ‘Endless Night’ by Agatha Christie
‘Anatomy of A Scandal’ by Sarah Vaughan. A well-known politician is accused of a heinous crime. This was a slick, gripping and addictive read. It’s clever and very much of our time.
‘Sad Cypress’ by Agatha Christie. A girl awaits trial for murder, but Hercule Poirot believes she’s innocent. I love that I can never guess whodunnit when I read a Christie book! This is a great outing for Poirot, although we don’t see much of him, he still discovers the truth.
‘Sparkling Cyanide’ by Agatha Christie. Six people witnessed the death of Rosemary Barton a year ago now they are brought back together, but tragedy strikes again. A fantastic mystery, full of classic Christie elements. Book Review – ‘Sparkling Cyanide’ by Agatha Christie
‘The Comfort of Others’ by Kay Langdale. Elderly Minnie and young Max become unlikely friends one summer and help each other in many ways. A dark yet beautiful tale of the human need to be heard and understood. Max and Minnie’s friendship is unbelievably touching, a book full of emotion and hope. Book Review – ‘The Comfort of Others’ by Kay Langdale
‘Portrait of a Murderer’ by Anne Meredith. A family are together at Christmas, someone is murdered and everyone has motive. In this unique crime tale, we discover who the killer is very early on and get to enjoy a glimpse into the mind of a murderer. Intriguing and clever.
‘Cat Among The Pigeons’ by Agatha Christie. There’s a shooting at an elite girls’ school, one of the girls calls upon Hercule Poirot is help them. This was such an enjoyable read, it’s so very English and I loved it.
‘Resort to Murder’ by T.P Fielden. The second outing for Miss Judy Dimont, a body is discovered on the beach at Temple Regis. The police say accident, Miss Dimont says murder. Quaint, enjoyable and a pleasure to read. This new crime series set in the late 1950’s is a fantastic addition to the cosy crime family.
‘The Thirteen Problems’ by Agatha Christie. The Tuesday Night Club come together and discuss mysterious unsolved crimes, but Miss Marple is sharper than she looks and has answers for them all. A wildly entertaining Miss Marple short story collection, I loved every minute of reading this and it was great seeing Miss Marple doing what she does best!
‘My Absolute Darling’ by Gabriel Tallent. It’s always just been Turtle and her dad, he loves her more than anything and he will do all he can to keep her with him. This was a very uncomfortable read at times, it’s brutal, shocking and pretty grim. But it also has an underlying story of hope. This one will stay with me for a long time.
‘The Moving Finger’ by Agatha Christie. This has become a new favourite Christie! Poison-pen letters are circulating around Lymstock and one has caused the recipient to commit suicide. This is a Miss Marple mystery but she doesn’t appear until near the end of the book and then only fleetingly pops in to solves the mystery. I loved the feel of this book – a small village, great characters, a spot of romance and a mystery that has everyone gossiping. Great fun!
‘A Murder Is Announced’ by Agatha Christie. A notice appears in the local Chipping Cleghorn paper announcing a murder at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm. Another Marple mystery that centres on village life. Suspicion is rife when the announced murder is attempted and Miss Marple uses her observations and knowledge of human behaviour to suss out the truth.
‘Resort to Murder’ by T.P Fielden. The second outing of Miss Judy Dimont of Temple Regis. A body is found on the beach, the police say accident, Judy Dimont says murder.
‘Spoonbenders’ by Daryl Gregory. The Amazing Telemachus Family reached the height of fame in the mid-1970’s with their magic and mind reading act, until one day the magic just disappeared one night on live television.
‘Portrait of a Murderer’ by Anne Meredith. A family come together for Christmas and someone ends up murdered. Everyone has a motive but only one is the killer and readers get a peek into that killer’s mind.
‘My Absolute Darling’ by Gabriel Tallent. Turtle is everything to her dad. He loves her more than anything and will do anything to keep her with him.
‘Entanglement’ by Katy Mahood. The story of two families whose lives and tales interlink. A story of connections and of choices.
‘The Story of Our Lives’ by Helen Warner. Four friends who have stuck together over twenty years. And who have kept a secret for twenty years. Now that secret threaten to come to the surface.
‘The Word Is Murder’ by Antony Horowitz. Murder and mystery when a wealthy woman is strangled. A private detective hiding his own secrets takes on the case. And a reluctant author becomes drawn into the story.
‘Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore’ by Matthew Sullivan. A bookshop patron commits suicide and his favourite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind.
‘The Silent Companions’ by Laura Purcell. Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her husband’s country estate, The Bridge. She only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company, or so she thinks…
Hope you all have a lovely bookish October!