This was good, as usual. Marsh writes a lot like Agatha Christie and even when Roderick Alleyn deals with spies or international criminals, the booksThis was good, as usual. Marsh writes a lot like Agatha Christie and even when Roderick Alleyn deals with spies or international criminals, the books still have a hometown feeling. I also appreciate that her mysteries aren't filled with so much filthy language and situations. The books deal with interesting mysteries well constructed and entertaining....more
This is a nice little light-weight cozy mystery. The plot centers on the Annual Fete which is to be held in Hemlock Falls. Sarah Quilliam ends up on jThis is a nice little light-weight cozy mystery. The plot centers on the Annual Fete which is to be held in Hemlock Falls. Sarah Quilliam ends up on just about every committee there is to help with all the activities of the Fete. Unfortunately, there is trouble on the various committees and from outsiders who have a whole other issue. At times the plot gets a little fanciful, but basically it is just a good lightweight mystery with engaging characters and quirky situations....more
I have a feeling I would have liked this book better if I had read the rest of the series first. The book seemed to drag some to me. I also found it aI have a feeling I would have liked this book better if I had read the rest of the series first. The book seemed to drag some to me. I also found it a little convoluted. There are a large number of coincidences that all have to fall into place to make the book work.
I hated the ending. It makes it almost impossible to not read the next book in the series. The reader has invested in some of the characters and it is as if the book ended mid story. I think I will go back and read the first book in the series and see if it is better....more
This book had been lost and has been unpublished for 60 some years. It was written to help raise fund for stained glass windows for Christie's church.This book had been lost and has been unpublished for 60 some years. It was written to help raise fund for stained glass windows for Christie's church. It was later remade into Dead Man's Folly which had a similar plot but different ending.
The story takes place at "Greenshore" and centers around an ancestral home and two murders. In the beginning, the reader learns that a beautiful Victorian Folly was built in an unappealing setting. The folly seems almost another character in the book, its pall hangs over everything. The new owner of Greenshore has a beautiful but simple minded wife and there is a fete begin given on the grounds. A murder role playing adventure has been planned by Ariadne Oliver, a great friend of Hercule Poirot. She asks Poirot to attend because she feels that there is something wrong in the situation and wants him to be available.
The players take on their roles, but suddenly it is more than a game when the pretend corpse is actually murdered and someone disappears. The crime is complex and so is the solution but most of it can be figured out....more
This was ok as a cozy mystery but there are ways to make the characters more distinctive. I listened to the book while driving from Virginia to FloridThis was ok as a cozy mystery but there are ways to make the characters more distinctive. I listened to the book while driving from Virginia to Florida, and it was just about right for listening while traveling. I might be a little more enthused about the book if I had read the earlier books first, but this was available to download from my library to my Kindle.
The mystery begins with a Founder's Day celebration on the village green in front of a landmark gazebo. Unfortunately, the airplane which is carrying the Founder's Day banner crashes into the Gazebo killing Debora, Tricia's good friend. Everyone begins to get suspicious when her husband, sells her store, parcels out his son to Debora's mother, cremates the body and brings a date the non/memorial of his wife 2 days after she was killed.
Soon, there are other deaths, each one leading Tricia to the identity of the murderer. I found it a little difficult to tell some of these people apart, but as I said, it might be because I didn't read the first book....more
This isn't the edition I read, but I can't find the right one. This story has always fascinated me. There are a few mysteries that stand out because tThis isn't the edition I read, but I can't find the right one. This story has always fascinated me. There are a few mysteries that stand out because their solution is so novel and yet fits all the facts. Like Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,The Adventure of the Speckled Band has a unique solution that fits all the facts. It is very hard to see the solution until it is solved by Sherlock Holmes because it is so clever, and yet I can see some diabolical person trying to do it....more
This is an old favorite that never disappoints. I have found that Agatha Christie's plots are so complicated and the clues so complex that I have a haThis is an old favorite that never disappoints. I have found that Agatha Christie's plots are so complicated and the clues so complex that I have a hard time remembering who actually was guilty. I can read most of her books every 10 years or so and enjoy them all over again. Of course, there are a few that are so perfect that I could never forget the criminal. This includes The Murder of Roger Ackroyd , Murder on the Orient Express , and And Then There Were None.
This book introduces Hercule Poirot to her readers. His character is so carefully delineated that it is hard to believe that he doesn't actually exist. This is especially true once David Suchet was cast to portray the little Belgian. While many of her characters are not as well drawn, her stars certainly are.
To me Christie sets a standard in mystery writing by which others are judged. Her plots are complex, but all the clues are there to figure out who the murderer is if you can weed out the red herrings. She also explains all the clues which point to someone else. I've read too many mysteries where the reader is faced with red herrings which are never explained. I want to know that I could have solved the mystery if I had paid attention (or was smart enough!) If you have a person standing over the sleeping and now dead victim with a knife in his hand dripping blood and he doesn't turn out to be the murderer, you need to explain what he was doing there....more
It has been ages since I have read these Miss Marple short stories and they were excellent! Miss Marple, some friends and some detectives all discussIt has been ages since I have read these Miss Marple short stories and they were excellent! Miss Marple, some friends and some detectives all discuss crimes from their past which were interesting, both solved and unsolved. Miss Marple makes the point that most crimes need to be solved not only for the sake of the murdered person, but for the sake of people who were suspected but innocent.
In each case, Miss Marple understands the personal aspect of the crime and is able to apply it to the crime in question. While I always try to observe all the details, just like Miss Marple, I hardly ever can solve the crime. I have to say that the reader is always provided with enough information to come to a conclusion, but the depth of her understanding of human nature is enough to rival the best detective....more
This is one of the most memorable of Sherlock Holmes' cases. A mad with bright red hair calls on Sherlock Holmes with a shocking story. He has been enThis is one of the most memorable of Sherlock Holmes' cases. A mad with bright red hair calls on Sherlock Holmes with a shocking story. He has been encouraged by his assistant to apply for a vacancy in The Red Headed League. All he has to do is to come and copy from the encyclopedia every day for a number of hours. He can not leave for any reason. Suddenly, the job disappears. The sign is gone and the man who rented the business space is not the name of the person he dealt with. What is going on? Sherlock Holmes asks a series of questions and then he goes to visit the site of the copying as well as the houses or businesses on the street behind.
I am using these Sherlock Holmes stories to teach my granddaughter to "think outside the box." She is homeschooled and I teach her Language Arts (among other things.) I feel like classic mystery stories combine the vocabulary and structure as well as deductive reasoning. They also are just plain fun....more