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A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

A middle aged cleaning lady is killed in a small English village. The woman’s lodger is suspected and arrested for the crime. The motive for the crime seems to be the two hundred pounds that the woman kept under a loose floorboard and that the lodger, James Bentley knew about. Superintendent Spence, officer in charge of the case is not satisfied. He seeks expert consultation: … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

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Funerals Are Fatal

“Funerals Are Fatal” begins, very aptly, after the funeral of a rich and lonely old man called Richard Abernethie. In fact, this is the American title of the book, the British title being, more aptly, “After The Funeral”. As in many instances in literature  not just mystery novels, the heirs gather for the funeral and the subsequent reading of the will. It is the solicitor … Continue reading Funerals Are Fatal

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A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” E ” — Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

The Jolly Roger Hotel on Smugglers Island close to the coast of Devon sounds like the ideal location for a relaxing vacation. Hercule Poirot like several other guests is here for this purpose but like so many other of his holidays finds himself a the centre of human drama and murder. The victim is an actress who is found strangled on a secluded beach accessible … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” E ” — Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “D” Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile is possibly the most “glamorous ” of Agatha Christie’s books. It takes place on board a luxury cruise down the river Nile. Although lots of Agatha ‘s stories are set in “high society”,this book excels in exotic locations. Agatha takes about five chapters to assemble her cast of characters. She uses “patent formulas ” like a rich heiress who snatches a … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “D” Death on the Nile

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A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “C” is for Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Crooked House is one of my favourite stand alone novels by Agatha Christie. By “stand alone” I mean those that are not part of a series featuring one detective like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Apparently Agatha shares my views. In her preface to this book she says, “This book is one of my own special favourites. I saved it up for years, thinking about … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “C” is for Crooked House by Agatha Christie

A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

In post war London the atmosphere of Bertram’s Hotel attracts impoverished genteel upper class ladies and gentlemen who can no longer afford these luxuries at home. They are equally attractive to rich and flashy young people who enjoy being coddled here. Anglophile American tourists get their money’s worth of the English experience at Bertram’s. While this period glitz and decorous glamour continues at Bertram’s, a … Continue reading A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 A is for Agatha

Agatha Christie, the best selling novelist of all time has sixty six novels and fourteen short story collections to her name. She has been entertaining her readers for one hundred years. Her most popular books are those featuring Hercule Poirot making him the most popular detective in English fiction. His fans outnumber those of Sherlock Holmes and his exploits have been translated and adapted countless … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 A is for Agatha

A to Z Challenge 2021 — Theme Reveal — Agatha Christie

The A to Z Blogging Challenge occurs every year in April. You are supposed to publish a post every day with the topic beginning with a letter of the alphabet. Sundays are excluded so that works out perfectly for the twenty six letters. Under the rules, you can pick a theme and post accordingly for the entire month or you can keep it open ended. … Continue reading A to Z Challenge 2021 — Theme Reveal — Agatha Christie

Truthful Tuesday

https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/truthful-tuesday-september-15th-2020/ The Questions Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not? What was the first book you remember enjoying reading? What three books best sum up your taste in literature? My Answers Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not? This is difficult to answer since I have lots of favourite … Continue reading Truthful Tuesday

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Gothic in Greenland

“Gothic” is something that I associate with the colour black and with all things dark and gloomy. Greenland is a place where all is snow and sparkling white. To my mind then, Gothic and Greenland are poles apart, as different as chalk from cheese. “Gothic” could also signify Gothic Romances such as “The Mysteries of Udolpho” by Ann Radcliffe. Jane Austen refers to this novel … Continue reading Gothic in Greenland