Appointment With Agatha: The Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration

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February and March 2021: Reading Recap

Well, go figure.  The first quarter of 2021 is already behind us, never mind that I’m still having to remind myself on occasion to write “2021” instead of “2020” … (and we’re even a week into April already, but let that go). Anyway, since I never got around to doing a “February in review” post, […]

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Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Well, talk about a book that you really cannot discuss without sticking spoiler warnings onto it right, left and center!  Christie was initially raked over the coals for its solution — and while her fellow mystery authors stoutly stood by her, it strikes me that it actually does break at least one of [Ronald] Knox’s […]

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Agatha Christie: The Secret of Chimneys

Oh, I would love to love this book so much more than I ultimately do.  There Christie goes and takes me on a merry romp in the spirit of The Secret Adversary (whose plot, let’s face it, is every bit as implausible as that of The Secret of Chimneys), complete with adventurers, mysterious manuscripts and […]

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Agatha Christie: A Pocket Full of Rye

As a detective protagonist, like Agatha Christie herself, I prefer Miss Marple to Hercule Poirot, and among all of the Miss Marple books, this is one of my all-time favorites.  Needless to say, this was a (well, actually my umpteenth) repeat visit, courtesy (also on repeat) of Richard E. Grant’s narration as part of the […]

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Agatha Christie: Crooked House

  Spoiler warning: Only go on reading if you’ve read the book and know the solution to the mystery. I already own print as well as audio CD editions of all of Christie’s full length novels, but Audible last year started rereleasing them in “two for the price of one” digital packages, and who am […]

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Agatha Christie: The Man in the Brown Suit

This was the monthly “main” read in the Appointment with Agatha / Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration group read (my blog master post can be found HERE; the Goodreads group is HERE): Like almost all of Christie’s spy / political conspiracy novels, this won’t ever be one of my all-time favorite books by her — parts […]

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Links

24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Hanukkah, Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.   I’m using Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Links, which I revisited yesterday […]

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh audio)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Book: Read a book with active military or veteran characters, about or set during WWI or WWII, or with poppies on the cover.   In honor of Sean Connery, who played Colonel Arbuthnot in the 1974 all-star adaptation of this book, I decided to revisit […]

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Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (Kenneth Branagh audio)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – Kwanzaa, Book: Read a book written by an author of African, African American or Caribbean descent or a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, or whose cover is primarily red, green or black, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, […]

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Agatha Christie: Towards Zero & Ordeal by Innocence

Reading Progress Updates 1%: Audible.de has “double feature” deals on a bunch of the Hugh Fraser / Agatha Christie audios at the moment, so for this buddy read I decided to use one of my credits for those (even though I already have the CD versions of both, but what the heck, it’s Christie and […]

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My Annual Christmas Movie Double Feature: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas & A Christmas Carol

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie. Watching my traditional Christmas Eve double feature:   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2019321/24-festive-tasks-door-20-christmas-task-2

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Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Annual Christmas Reread)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Book: Read a Christmas book. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas — what else?   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2004564/24-festive-tasks-door-20-christmas-book

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Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

  24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Book: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Sixth and Seventh Extra Square – Terror in a Small Town & Halloween

      Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1964626/halloween-bingo-2019-sixth-and-seventh-extra-square

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Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (Buddy Read): Umm. So …

… I binged and finished this in one go yesterday.  Is that a bad thing?  I mean, it’s still a buddy read of sorts, isn’t it?     Related Posts Death on the Nile Buddy Read (David Suchet Audio): Buddy Read Announcement Opening Post Death on the Nile: Kenneth Branagh Audio Version Murder on the […]

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Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile – Buddy Read, Reading Progress Update: 1%

… aaaand … they’re off.  (Finally.) If only Mr. Suchet’s narration were to stay as lovely and engaging as it does in the beginning.  Oh well.  I’ll happily revisit this for his Poirot if for nothing else nevertheless.   Related Posts Death on the Nile Buddy Read (David Suchet Audio): Buddy Read Announcement Second and […]

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Nile

“Death on the Nile” Light Reading a play that you’ve never seen performed is a bit of an awkward experience, because you have to imagine pretty much every interpretative thing that makes a play come alive when acted, from the stage setting to the actors’ vocal inflections, behaviour and the clothes they wear.  In this […]

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Calling all Agathytes: Death on the Nile in May

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader   Themis, BrokenTune & I are planning to revisit Death on the Nile next month, around May 18th! Death on the Nile is a particularly delicious Christie puzzle mystery, with lots of delightful side plots, some romantic intrigue, a bit of espionage, and appearances both by Monsieur Poirot, our favorite Belgian, and the enigmatic Colonel […]

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (David Suchet Audio)

Still as much fun as ever.  David Suchet obviously is Poirot — but this is the one audio recording where he is equally obviously having the time of his life with the rest of the cast in an “Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets” manner, and I’m enjoying being along for the ride every […]

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Agatha Christie: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Listening Progress Updates 20 of 450 Minutes: “But what could you expect?  Nobody over fifty understood anything at all.  They had the most extraordinary ideas. ‘I expect it was the War,’ thought Bobby loyally.  ‘It upset them and they never got straight again.’ He felt ashamed of his father and sorry for him.” Oh, Agatha.  […]

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