A talented albeit empty-headed actress publically announces her wish as to the death of her husband but appears to be innocent when the man is, in facA talented albeit empty-headed actress publically announces her wish as to the death of her husband but appears to be innocent when the man is, in fact, found dead. Only Hercule Poirot can solve a case such as this. ...more
While on holiday at a Cornish leisure resort, incomparable Belgiun sleuth Hercule Poirot and his unfailingly loyal lap-dog Arthur Hastings stumble acrWhile on holiday at a Cornish leisure resort, incomparable Belgiun sleuth Hercule Poirot and his unfailingly loyal lap-dog Arthur Hastings stumble across a case of the most peculiar kind: rather than solving a murder which has already happened, they must instead prevent a murder that has not yet happened but assuredly will! ...more
A notoriously ruthless French money-lender is murdered in a crowded aeroplane cabin by an arrow dipped in South African snake venom, and no one saw orA notoriously ruthless French money-lender is murdered in a crowded aeroplane cabin by an arrow dipped in South African snake venom, and no one saw or heard a thing! Only the fantastic Hercule Poirot could possible solve a mystery as bizzare as this! ...more
I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time three years ago and have successfully read it at least once a month since. This is my favorite book in tI read Pride and Prejudice for the first time three years ago and have successfully read it at least once a month since. This is my favorite book in the history of books, and in my opinion, perhaps the greatest love story ever told. Although Lizzy Bennet stands, at the beginning of the book, as the living personification of judgment and hot-temperament, I can never find it in me to think ill of her, because she always manages to guide me to the end-lesson seamlessly. (f.y.i, lesson= don't judge!)
And no one can talk about Pride and Prejudice without mentioning Mr. Darcy, otherwise known as the first literary hero that I ever fell in love with. When you first read him, you end up hating him right along with Lizzy, and each time afterward, when you begin again, you still want to hate him, but then that mysterious something happens between volumes II and III and *bam!* Darcy suddenly isn't so proud anymore, and Lizzy is halfway in love with him before she even knows she's begun!
I'm terrible at explaining all the reasons that Pride and Prejudice is the best book in the world. All I can say is that I laugh, I cry, I swoon, and I end up screaming at the black and white pages in front of me like they're going to morph into a face and talk back. Read it! Trust me, Lizzy will become your BFF, and Darcy will pay you a very special visit in your dreams the next night. Tallyho! ...more
Between the covers of this novel I find perhaps the most clever of Agatha Christie's novels. Upon these pages is the prime example of dexterous deceptBetween the covers of this novel I find perhaps the most clever of Agatha Christie's novels. Upon these pages is the prime example of dexterous deception. Whereas readers are quickly taught to identify unreliable narrators, this novel teaches that there is, in fact, such a thing as an unreliable reader. The murderer, after all, did not lie about his actions: we just took for granted that we knew what the truth was.
Not twenty-four hours after his fiancee suicides as a last resort of escaping a ruthless blackmailer, Mr. Roger Ackroyd is found brutally murdered behind the locked door of his study. Luckily for the friends and family of the deceased, their gossipy little village just happens to be the scene of retirement for the ever sharp and perceptive Monsieur Hercule Poirot! ...more
An archaeologist on location in Iraq is concerned for the health of his nervous wife and hires clever and sensible nurse Amy Leatheran to lend serviceAn archaeologist on location in Iraq is concerned for the health of his nervous wife and hires clever and sensible nurse Amy Leatheran to lend services both medical and companionable. After an unfortunately short amount of time, however, Nurse Leatheran is shocked to discover her charming and mysterious patient murdered in her own bedroom. The shock of the brutal crime is, of course, heightened by the possibility that the murderer is, in fact, a member of the archaeological team; a possibility that is only one of the several entertained by the always charming, clever, interesting, and outrageous Hercule Poirot, whom has once again come to right all wrongs by the final page.
It is in my opinion that Mrs. Agatha Christie could not have turned out a terrible novel had she have been specifically paid to do so. Although "Murder On the Orient Express" --- which is actually given a reference at the end of this book --- continues to rein at the top of my list of favorite Christie novels --- followed closely by Death on the Nile and the Mysterious Affair At Styles --- Murder In Mesopotamia is as wonderful and clever as the woman who wrote it. The pacing is perfectly set, neither too slow nor too fast, and because the narrator is, as before mentioned, clever and sensible, the point of the matter is quickly arrived at. The characters are fully formed and ready to either be adored or hated as the reader feels best. All in all, it was a pleasurable journey, and I would most definitely read it again in time.
I do admit that I allowed myself to become quite a bit cocksure while reading this book. About a quarter of the way through I fancied that I had the thing solved, and that I must be cleverer than I before realized, and poor Mrs. Christie must have been going through a rough spell when she wrote this, because she gave the thing away too quickly. Well, as it turned out, I'm not nearly as clever as I thought I was, although I do need to re-evaluate my capacity of conceit. Mrs. Christie was, indeed, quite possibly the cleverest mystery writer ever blessed with access to a typewriter, and I've learned to never forget it again. Of course, really, I really rather prefer to be found wrong. If a day ever comes that I find myself more clever than my favorite authors I do honestly believe that it will break my heart. Nothing could siphon the fun out of reading so thoroughly. To my great relief, then, I had absolutely no idea as to who was the murderer: or, more accurately, the person who I thought was the murderer was no more guilty than I myself was. Fortunately for Lady Justice, I have no more law enforcement ambition than I do for deep-sea diving! ...more
One of the cutest stories that I've read in a long time! I would have loved to have experienced something like this when I was sixteen. All of the SASOne of the cutest stories that I've read in a long time! I would have loved to have experienced something like this when I was sixteen. All of the SASS books are really sweet and interesting and just makes you envy the hell out of this kids that aren't even real; but they're just adorable, light, breezy, and the perfect solution if you need to pass a couple of hours. Pick this one of first. ...more