Book Review: The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

My thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Nina de Gramont weaves a rather interesting and very readable tale in The Christie Affair but while I enjoyed reading it a lot, I had some reservations which have prevented me from rating it as high as I might have otherwise.…

Book Review: The Sittaford Mystery (1931) by Agatha Christie

The Sittaford Mystery (or The Murder at Hazelmoor), a standalone by the Queen of Crime, first published in 1931, is a quite perfect read for the season with a murder in a snowed-in English village difficult to navigate, a fair few suspects, and a touch of spookiness! Our story opens in the small village of…

Book Review: Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

Destination Unknown, first published in 1954, is a standalone by Christie that falls firmly into her thriller category, in fact even more so than some of her other thrillers I have read/reread recently as we have no murder mystery at the start (as for instance, in The Man in the Brown Suit, They Came to…

Book Review: Crooked House by Agatha Christie

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile…. And they all lived together in a little crooked house. Like Five Little Pigs; One, Two Buckle my Shoe (also published as The Patriotic Murders); and A Pocket Full of Rye, among many others Crooked House (1949), a standalone Christie novel too, takes inspiration…

Book Review: Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime by Agatha Christie

My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Agatha Christie being one of my favourite authors, when I got this one from NetGalley, I couldn’t help but bump it up on my TBR pile! Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime is a collection of…

Book Review: They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

They Came to Baghdad, first published in 1951, is one of Agatha Christie’s espionage/thriller novels which very much centres around the issues of the day—the post war environment, and ideas prevalent at the time. I read the book for a Goodreads group with which I’m reading through 12 lesser known Christies this year. This is…

Book Review: Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie

Sparkling Cyanide is one of four Christie books in which Col. Race appears. We meet him at different stages in his life in different books. An army-man who has been among other places, in India, Race is also an MI 5 operative. As part of a group challenge reading lesser known Christie books, of which…

Book Review: Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Death Comes as the End is the only historical mystery by the Queen of Crime, and in one of my very favourite settings--ancient Egypt. This was a reread for me but after a long time so I had forgotten much of the story including whodunit. Miss Marple, Christie’s elderly lady detective, often uses her knowledge…

Book Review: Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

I revisited this standalone as part of an Agatha Christie challenge (reading lesser known assorted Christies) with the Reading the Detectives group on Goodreads. This one is certainly quite different from Christie’s usual, and though not my favourite I enjoyed it very much. Our story opens with Dr Arthur Calgary, a scientist (we don’t know…