It takes a while for the story to come together but Campbells writing is entertaining, so the wait in enjoyable. Monkey - yes, that's a person - and hIt takes a while for the story to come together but Campbells writing is entertaining, so the wait in enjoyable. Monkey - yes, that's a person - and his friend Lorna feel like real people so you want to find out what happens to them. The rich excentric that hires them - though doesn't pay them - seems a bit far fetched when he doesn't exactly know what he needs them for apart from Monkey's climbing skills. I'm not sure why Lorna gets to tag along. The plot is intriguing but the whole book seems like a prelude to book II in the series - there are so many questions left unanswered....more
**spoiler alert** I am writing a mystery (the third book in the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure) so I want to listen to good mystery novels and who is b**spoiler alert** I am writing a mystery (the third book in the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure) so I want to listen to good mystery novels and who is better than Agatha? - Not many :)
Stats: First published Nov. 1, 1937. Audio book is 8 hours (7 discs). This audio books was narrated by the actor David Suchet.
Blurb: (Goodreads) Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She's the girl who has everything--including the man her best friend loves. When Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, they meet brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot feels that something is amiss.
What I liked: I really didn't have a clue to "who done it" until the very end even though the murder took place on a moving boat. And I think the only reason I figured it out before Poirot announced it was I think maybe I have read the story a long time ago but don't remember that I read it. But I didn't remember the surprise at the very end. I wonder why Christie decided to add that last bit. It is interesting as a writer how there is quite a bit of setup before the murder even takes place. That would never fly in a story written today. And not only does the murder kill once, but three times before Poirot figures out who did it. I always enjoy Christie's portrayal of Poirot - he does think highly of himself.
What I didn't like: There was a bit too much background information to my liking and it got a little confusing about who was who, because there has to be many different characters since the murder happens on a moving boat and there has to be various people to suspect of the crime. David Suchet does a wonderful job creating the different characters.
I was up for a mystery. I wanted to listen to Agatha Christie but the library I was in didn't have her in audio (unheard of!) so I picked this up. I'dI was up for a mystery. I wanted to listen to Agatha Christie but the library I was in didn't have her in audio (unheard of!) so I picked this up. I'd never read Beaton (aka Marion Chesney) before. It's not the first dead body I've read about in a chimney, however. I wonder if this is mostly a writer's fantasy or do murderers really stuff bodies in chimneys? Sounds difficult to me!
Stats: published in 2011, print is 247 pages, audio book is 5 discs or 5' 37", narrator is Graeme Malcolm.
Blurb: In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.
What I liked: I especially liked the narration. Malcolm does a wonderful job with the various characters so that you can almost picture them. I don't know the man, but he's got to be from England or maybe even Scotland, where the story takes place. I liked the town folk of Lochdubh (what a wonderful town name - I wonder if it's real?). Beaton/Chesney does well in playing up the local flare. The lady spinster giving the bad guy bleach with his tea was a particularly nice touch! And the Hamish character is very lovable - a practical man (gets rid of a dead body rather than have his cat implicated), smart and quirky. I'm not surprised she has more books around him.
What I didn't like: The author has an odd writing style - bouncing around from one character to another to tie up loose writing end no matter what was going on. It threw me at first but by the end, I was used to it and could just take it in stride. I wonder if all her Hamish mysteries are written this way?
I like the premise of the book and Crofoot sure does know how to write steamy scenes. I hadn't read the first book but it was written in such a way thI like the premise of the book and Crofoot sure does know how to write steamy scenes. I hadn't read the first book but it was written in such a way that it didn't detract from this story. I have to say the mistakes were a bit distracting....more