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message 1: by Mike (last edited Aug 25, 2020 01:33AM) (new)

Mike Finn (goodreadscommike_finn) | 233 comments I just got this in my email


Is it generated by GR or does it come from this group? Just curious.

Either way, it was a timely reminder"
Is it generated by GR or does it come from this group? Just curious.

Either way, it was a timely reminder


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Brenda (gd2brivard) | 120 comments It comes from Goodreads. It is a nice feature, isn’t it!

On the individual group page if you click on the «My Membership » link and scroll to the bottom, you will find it there and can adjust the days receipt if you like.  


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Peregrina651 (peregrina651peregrinations) | 106 comments Mike -- Love the "Golden Aging" pun ;-)


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BrokenTune | 348 comments Peregrina651 wrote: "Mike -- Love the "Golden Aging" pun ;-)"

Love the name of the thread, too.


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Mike Finn (goodreadscommike_finn) | 233 comments I've just been shopping for a copy of 'The Man In The Brown Suit' and I found a new audiobook version that seems promising:



Alison Larkin is a narrator who has set up her own audiobook publishing platform. Alison Larkin Presents, which she seems to be using to narrate various classics. She published 'The Man In The Brown Suit' this month.

This version includes the Poirot short story, 'The Case Of The Missing Letter'.

She's also set up a website
https://alisonlarkinpresents.com

or you can buy from Amazon.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (themis-athena) | 471 comments Mike wrote: "I've just been shopping for a copy of 'The Man In The Brown Suit' and I found a new audiobook version that seems promising:

Alison Larkin is a narrator who has set up her own audiobook publishin..."


I have a few recordings narrated by her -- they're not bad, though for the Poirots, I prefer Hugh Fraser.


message 7: by Mike (last edited Dec 13, 2021 11:31PM) (new)

Mike Finn (goodreadscommike_finn) | 233 comments Hello everyone,

I thought it would be helpful to maintain a list links to the reviews of the Christie books I've read, including the ones I read before this challenge started.

So far, I've read and reviewed twenty-two novels and I've read two short story collections.

The Christie Books

1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles - ***Star
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1922 The Secret Adversary - ****Star
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1923 Murder on the Links: ***Stars
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1924 The Man in the Brown Suit: ***Stars
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1924 Poirot Investigates: ***Stars
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1925 The Secret of Chimneys: **Star
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March: 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: *****Stars
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1928 The Mystery Of The Blue Train **Stars
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1929 The Seven Dials Mystery ""1/2 Stars
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1930 The Murder at the Vicarage: *****Stars
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1932 The Thirteen Problems ***Stars
(No Review)

1931 The Sitaford Mystery ***Stars
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1933 Lord Edgware Dies ****Stars
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1934 Murder On The Orient Express *****Stars
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1936 The ABC Murders: ****Stars
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1938 Appointment with Death; DNF
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1938 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: ***Stars
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1942 The Body in the Library: *****Stars
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July: 1944 Towards Zero: ****Stars
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December: 1949 Crooked House: ***Stars
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1959 Cat Among the Pigeons: ***Stars
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1966 Third Girl: **Stars
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September: 1969 Hallowe’en Party: ***Stars
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1972 Elephants Can Remember: ***Stars
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 109 comments Yeah, Third Girl is not a good novel.


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Mike Finn (goodreadscommike_finn) | 233 comments


Over the past few years, I've found myself reading more and more Golden Age Mysteries: crime fiction mysteries written from 1900 to 1969. For me, the journey started in January 2017 with Agatha Christie's (rather disappointing) 'Elephants Can Remember'. Eighteen Christie books later, I still have a long way to travel down that road but I soon found myself exploring byways that included not just the big names like Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh but lesser-known writers some of whom are being brought back into print and popularity by publishers like the British Library Crime Classics with their gorgeous covers and loving research.





The more of these books that I read, the more context I gain, both for the genre and for times that they flourished in. I'm attracted by the freshness of the writing in many of the books. I also find myself constantly being made aware of my own points of irritation with the entitlement expected by and accorded to the upper classes in these books and by the casual but relentless xenophobia, misogyny and racial prejudice that they embody. They remind me of how recently these views were unremarkable and how much pressure there is in Britain at the moment to return to them.





I'm going to use a post on my blog to keep track of the non-Agatha Christie Golden Age books I've reviewed and the reflections that they've prompted.





The first section is where I'll post links to reflections sparked by reading Golden Age Mysteries.





The second section has links to reviews of Golden Age Mysteries written by people other than Agatha Christie. These are sorted alphabetically by the surname of the author and listed in the order that I read them.



You can find the post here:
https://mikefinnsfiction.wordpress.co...


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