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
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
He had been good at spinning tales ever since he was a young boy. His younger sister would listen enthralled for hours on end as he made up stories of magical places and enchanted forests filled with birds and butterflies. When he grew up, he joined the army. Despite such a macho career he yearned to make up stories. Unknown to his colleagues, he started … Continue reading 20. His silent secret
David came whistling down the stairs. His mother was busy frying kippers while his father sat at the kitchen table with his first cup of tea and the newspaper. David had cleared his O levels with flying colours just yesterday. Now he was full of plans for the future. It was his dream to study at Oxford and then teach at one of the colleges … Continue reading What do you see # 6
“I woke up with a start. The clock in the hallway struck two. Something did not feel right. I got out of bed and opened the window. A clear starry sky with the moon in ascendancy met my eye. Everything was still. The old barren tree in the backyard had an eerie silhouette. The burning sensation in my lower chest and upper abdomen seemed to … Continue reading What do you see # 2
photo by Watari via Unsplash It was hard to imagine the splendour of this passageway as it had been a hundred years ago : its floor lined by a thick pile carpet, its ceiling hung with a succession of chandeliers that shone on the aristocracy making their way to the ballroom beyond. Now the passageway and the ballroom, like the rest of the castle, were … Continue reading Vestiges of a glorious past.
“Hurry up, you lot,’said Oscar, the maitre d’ hotel to the chef and his assistants. “Monsieur Jaques will be here in two shakes of a lamb’s tail and you are not ready.” “Do not worry monsieur. The chicken roulade you ordered is ready. So is the salad and the mousse,”reassured the chef, “I will make the sauce for the roulade once the guest is seated. … Continue reading A not so pleasant surprise!
Mrs. Sheep and her Lambikin were waiting for the MSU (Mobile Shearing Unit) but Lambikin had butterflies in her tummy as this would be her first time. A fashionably dressed young woman passed by wearing a chunky pullover in a beautiful cable design, quite appropriate for this cold morning. She had styled it with tapered denim jeans, ankle high boots and a handbag on a … Continue reading Waiting for a haircut….
I was really irritated by my glasses. Attracted by a new frame I had impulsively ordered two new pairs in different colours. Then I made the further mistake of picking them up from the optician without checking if they fit properly. Casting my irritation aside I picked up the Sunday paper. On weekdays I give newspapers a wide berth but on Sundays I skim though … Continue reading #SoCS July 20/19 — Frame
For my parents wedding anniversary, we had a big family picnic on the beach. We pulled out all the stops with the food and the cake. We played games, listened to music and went beachcombing for shells and driftwood. But the best part was that before the party broke up, we collected all the litter in huge trashbags that we had brought with us. This … Continue reading A Sustainable Celebration