Archives for agatha christie

My Porridge & Cream read… Sue Featherstone @SueF_Writer #books #humour #chicklit

Today I’m delighted to welcome chick lit novelist Sue Featherstone. Her ‘Porridge & Cream’ read is Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie. “It’s hard to pin down a single Porridge & Cream read because there are a number of old favourites that fit into my comfort-read category. Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels, for instance, Noel Streatfield’s children’s stories and Josephine Tey’s whodunits. But I’m going to choose Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie, which I first read in my early teens in the late 1960s when I sneaked it off my dad’s bookcase. “Truly, Christie is the queen of crime fiction.” BUY Sue Featherstone’s Bio Sue Featherstone is a Midlander, who has spent most of her life living and working in Yorkshire. Her debut novel A Falling Friend, co-authored with Susan Pape, was published by Lakewater Press in 2016 and a sequel A Forsaken Friend followed in March 2018. The pair, who have also written two journalism text books together, are currently working on the final book in their Friends trilogy. Sue was a journalist and public relations practitioner before moving into academia 20 years ago to teach news and magazine journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. Married with two grown-up daughters, she recently welcomed her first granddaughter Iris who is ‘the
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Categories: Book Love and Porridge & Cream.

#Bookreview ‘The Mystery of Three Quarters’ by @sophiehannahCB1 #crime #mystery

I am not a great lover of continuation series, books written by a new author after the death of the much-loved originator. It seems a cynical moneymaking move and I fear it will ruin my love of the original author’s books. I grew up loving Agatha Christie and have not, until now, been tempted to read the new Poirot stories by Sophie Hannah. But about to go on holiday, feeling tired and longing for something familiar but new, I picked up The Mystery of Three Quarters. And what a delight it is. The story starts as Poirot is challenged in turn by four strangers, each accusing him of naming them as a murderer. Affronted that fraudulent letters have been sent in his name, Poirot sets out to investigate. He suspects however that the supposed victim Barnabas Pandy does not exist. But Pandy does exist, or did, for 94-year old Barnabas Pandy is dead, drowned in his bath. Told by Poirot’s police sidekick, Inspector Edward Catchpool, this is a clever and mystifying story of Pandy, his two grand-daughters, and long-buried guilt and shame. Hannah writes with ease and I slipped seamlessly into loving and believing in her Poirot. As with all
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Categories: Book Love.

Book review: The Killing of Polly Carter

This is the first of the ‘Death in Paradise’ series by Robert Thorogood that I have read. It is the second in the series, and I picked it up unaware of the TV series of the same, the sixth series will be aired on the BBC this year. So, I am playing catch-up. My first reaction was that it seemed lightweight, but the story and the characters pulled me in. This definitely fits into the comfort crime category so effectively occupied by MC Beaton. Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a man out of place, an English policeman on a tiny Caribbean island, he is a proper chap who persists in wearing leather shoes and woollen suits even at the height of the summer heat. His team is small and their resources are limited, which makes this more of an old-fashioned tale as they put together clue after clue. The setting is luscious. Supermodel Polly Carter is dead, is it suicide or murder? In the true Agatha Christie fashion, of whom Thorogood is a childhood fan, this is a ‘closed room’ mystery where few people have the opportunity and motive. One by one, each of Polly’s family and friends are suspected,
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If books were real, Hercule Poriot…

Hercule Poirot… would travel with the very best Egyptian cotton sheets from Italian label Frette. And a butler to iron them, of course. Poirot has survived his reincarnation, Dr Who like, through various actors. My favourites are Peter Ustinov in the 1978 film of Death on the Nile [above] and David Suchet from the BBC drama series [below]. Buy the DVD. ‘Death on the Nile’ by Agatha Christie [UK: William Morrow] Buy now How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Mikael Blomkvist in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ Jack Ryan in ‘Patriot Games’ Elizabeth Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Hercule Poirot… DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1gm
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Famous writers, writing… Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: “If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything.” In other words, you’d better have thought of everything, every twist and turn, every character trait, every possible and impossible plot angle… or your readers will catch you out in unpredictability, spot your mistakes. And then there are the things that happen out of your control. So beware! Click here to read The Guardian’s article about bloopers in books… … and here to read how the UK edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Corrections had to be withdrawn from print because the wrong version was printed. Click here to read The Bookseller’s report on how Penguin had to pulp copies of Lolita because of a missing foreword.   ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ by Agatha Christie [UK: Harper] Buy now See these other famous people, reading & writing:- George Orwell Iris Murdoch John Updike And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Famous writers, writing… #author Agatha Christie via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-XE
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

↑↓ Going Up Going Down 12

↑ & ↓ Poirot, re-invented I’ve never been sure of contemporary authors writing sequels to novels whose creators have long since passed. My one exception, I am happy to concede, is PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. I am not sure what to make of the news that Sophie Hannah is to re-create Hercule Poirot. Hannah, who describes herself to The Bookseller magazine as an “obsessively” devoted Christie fan who read all her novels as a 13-year-old, is a proven crime writer so hopefully the most famous Belgian detective will be in safe hands. The book, currently title-less, is due out in September 2014. My instinct is to say, leave well alone. ↑ Way to go, Jeffrey, Barbara, Lindsey, Lynda, Harriet & Emily Jeffrey Archer, Barbara Taylor-Bradford, Lindsey Davis, Lynda La Plante [her latest mainstream thriller, Wrongful Death, is out this week] Harriet Evans and Emily Barr are the six authors who have written short books especially designed for adults who don’t usually read. The campaign, sponsored by Galaxy and supported by Arts Council England, has distributed 4.5 million books since it started in 2006. http://www.quickreads.org.uk/ ↑ Boutique book festival at Kings X London Lit Weekend is a new literary festival
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If books were real, Miss Marple…

Miss Marple… would be a member of St Mary Mead’s reading group which meets every Wednesday lunchtime at the public library. They are currently reading The Great Gatsby in honour of the film, Miss M likes the book but disliked the film which she thought rather indulgent. Next on the list is a Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. Miss M rather likes Jack Reacher [above] though she is not sure about Tom Cruise. ‘The Body in the Library’ by Agatha Christie [UK: Harper Collins] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Jackson Brodie in ‘Case Histories’ Mattie Ross in ‘True Grit’ Jo March in ‘Little Women’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Miss Marple would have a crush on Jack Reacher THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY by Agatha Christie via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-s7
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