Agatha Christie: Read and To Read

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So I love reading Agatha Christie books, especially Poirot stories. I used to absolutely love the TV shows too! I also feel like as Agatha Christie books are older they are barely ever talked about in the book blogging & booktube world!

So I thought, why not share some love. In this post, I will be talking about the Agatha Christie books I have read and the ones that are on the top of my TBR list! Of course, I want to read all of them, but I will just share the immediate ones. Also, this will be focusing on the Hercule Poirot series as they are the ones I want to read first. I want to read the Miss Marple ones too, but I’m focusing on Hercule Poirot first. Also, I will be listening to most of these on audiobook as I have really enjoyed the ones I’ve listened to so far and I really enjoy the narrator and also there is a tonne of them on Scribd!

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So I’ll start with the well known ones!

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So, this is one of her standalone’s and it is one of the most intense ones I’ve read so far! You are constantly guessing who is murdering everyone and then everyone is dead and you are still thinking ‘Wait, what?! Who was the murder?!?!’. And no that isn’t a spoiler… It’s in the title!

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This one is probably the one that everyone has heard about… So I don’t need to say much. This was the first Hercule Poirot book I read and loved it! Even though I had seen it on, I think, TV but it had been a while ago. So I was still really invested in the mystery of this one!

Now onto the lesser known ones!

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Trains again! This one I was a little iffy going into because I was thinking it might be similar to Murder on the Orient Express, but I was so wrong. Yes, it is a mystery on a train, but it was completely different and was still so gripping.

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Just a note first, this one has two names! There are different names on the US editions & UK editions I think. It is also known as Murder at Hazelmoor. This one was so good! This one uses a ‘paranormal experience’ to set the murder up, so it was really unique. All of Agatha Christie’s books are so unpredictable!

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This was my most recent Agatha Christie read and it was really good too. It was a little different as instead of Poirot coming in before or just after the murder, this one is set 16 years after the murder. Even with no physical evidence Poirot swoops in and discovers the truth and it’s amazing.

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Okay, so I won’t be posting any info about these as I do not read synopsis’s for Agatha Christie books as I don’t want to know anything! I will link the Goodreads for them all below so you can check out the goodreads synopsis if you want to know what they are about.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Big Four
Evil Under the Sun
Poirot Investigates
Murder in Mesopotamia
Death on the Nile
The Murder on the Links
Cat Among the Pigeons

I’m really keen for Poirot Investigates as it will be the first book of short stories I read by Agatha Christie. So I’m keen to see how that one goes!

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Which Agatha Christie books have you read?
Which were your favourite?
Which ones are still on your TBR?

Let me know in the comments!

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She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: She Be Damned
Author: 
M.J. Tjia
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publication Date: Aug 1st, 2017
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:
4 star

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London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again.

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So,  I do really like this cover but honestly, I like the cover by Legend Press/Legend Times Group a lot more! I will put a picture below. On goodreads, it says that copy won’t release until July 2018, but you can already purchase it through Book Depository! Links at the bottom of the post.

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book! It sucked me in completely!
I did start this book a while ago but I only got 15% into it and I put it down. I was in a bit of a reading slump and decided to put it down and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition first in case my slump affected how I felt about this book. But after jumping back into this book yesterday I flew through it!!
** The writing is very detailed and very graphic. I would not recommend this to someone that is uneasy with graphic content but it didn’t worry me. This book talks a lot about sex, violence, horrible stuff happening to people and has a fair bit of negative language directed towards some of the characters. So just be aware of that before going into this book**

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The plot was also amazing! It again drags you in. I wouldn’t exactly say it was action packed but it had an awesome balance of action and information which is perfect for a mystery.
Besides that, I can’t really talk about the plot as it’s a mystery and I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Heloise is an awesome character. She is so intelligent and does not let being a female hold her down. She still gets in and gets shit done and doesn’t wait around for the males to do it.
I didn’t like the short romance of sorts that happened. I didn’t love the guy that was the love interest. He actually kind of annoyed me.
Amah was an awesome character. She was kinda sassy and sarcastic and I loved it.

There were tonnes of other more minor characters but as a lot of them are possible suspects, you automatically kind of don’t like them just in case they are the murderer. So I can’t really say if I actually like them or not because of that!
I hope that makes sense!

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So I did really enjoy a majority of the book but there was one thing that made it a bit difficult to read. That was that I had such a similar feeling to Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I recently read that book and loved it. There were a lot of similarities between the two. We have a female, set in the past and they are battling against being looked down upon due to their sex. The victims of the murders are prostitutes in both books and the way they have been murdered in similar ways too. In SBD they have their sexual organs cut out and in SJTR the victims have different organs removed after they are killed. So as you can see, I felt a strong similarity! Not that that is really bad as I loved SJTR, but it did get slightly confusing at times when thinking about the events in the book.

So yeah, overall I enjoyed the plot, I loved the writing and the MC was awesome!

I don’t know if this book will be part of a series. The book kind of ended off as if there will be a second book, but it doesn’t say so on Goodreads. However, it is called ‘She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery’ which makes me think it will be part of a series like the Poirot and Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie.
I hope there will be a second book as I would 100% pick that up!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Pantera Press NetGalley for this opportunCheck out

check out the Pantera Press Website where you can purchase or get details on the book!

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You can purchase the book here:

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: 
Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 358 (Paperback)
Publishers: Delacorte Press
Rating:
5 star

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. From the Hardcover edition.

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So this is just going to be a short spoiler free review. I 100% think this is a book that you just need to jump into and figure out on your own, so that is why I this is just a mini review.

As for the writing, it was so well written. The entire time you were left guessing with absolutely no clues as to who is the real bad guy until the Bayview Four start doing their own investigating and start bringing up clues. This book hooked me so much, it was so suspenseful when it came to finding out who killed Simon! I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot is really good too! Not predictable at all! When you start suspecting one person there is something that pops up that changes your mind. The whole time you are just shuffling around in your mind who it could be. Very well done mystery book! And also, that bloody ending!!!!

Overall, I loved it! It was so well written and I never wanted to put it down! It was suspenseful and mysterious and just an amazing debut from Karen M. McManus and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!



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