Five Little Pigs

Title: Five Little Pigs Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Berkley Date of Publication: December 15th 1985 (first published May 1942) Rating: 5 stars “One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It…

At Bertram’s Hotel

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Harper Date of Publication: 2002 (first published 1965)\ Rating: 5 stars ‘’The children of Lucifer are often beautiful.’’ Hotels are fascinating places. Well, they can be quite a nightmare if you’re careless while booking or if the residents are a bunch of barbarians (which is often…

Midwinter Mysteries:A Christmas Crime Anthology

Title: Midwinter Mysteries: A Christmas Crime Anthology Writer:Various Publishing House:Sapere Books Date of Publication:October 30th 2019 Rating:4 stars ”I think you can let the baby Jesus go”, Slonsky said. ”He’s innocent, just like the real one.” Behind the shiny ornaments, the bright lights, the laughter, the flowing wine, and the presents, dark intentions may find a…

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

Title: The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Writer: Various edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: May 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”Although one snowflake had already sifted past the lights, the great doors of the house stood open. It seemed less a snowflake than a shadow; for a bitter wind…

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: October 1st 2009 (first published August 1901) Rating: 5 stars (Oh, come on…I was looking for a chance to use a Sherlock screencap for my header image…😁) ‘’It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet…

The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural

Title: The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: September 24th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”As we entered the grove of trees a curious oppression came over me. I think it was the silence. No birds seemed to nest in these trees. There was a feeling about it of desolation…

Paper Butterfly

Title: Paper Butterfly Writer: Diane Wei Liang Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: January 1st 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’This land offered nothing but harsh wind and dry yellow earth. Under the dome of the sky, snow-peaked mountains stood like unwanted burdens of the past. This was the province where the Great Wall ended, where the Silk Road…

The Corset

Title: The Corset Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps I do have the liberty to come and go as I please. But I do not attend for my own amusement. I came for you. To offer some comfort.’’ Jesus Christ, this book…Where do I begin? After the outstanding The…

A Murder Is Announced

  Title: A Murder Is Announced Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: 2002 (first published June 1950) Rating: 5 stars ‘’People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous.’’ An idyllic village in the English countryside is waking up, its quirky residents about to start their day with their favourite newspaper, where an invitation to murder…

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published 1981) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There had never been a death more foretold.’’ Santiago is murdered in the market of a Colombian town. The perpetrators are two brothers. His crime? The supposed defilement of their sister, whose marriage to a…

Murder in Friday Street

Title: Murder in Friday Street Writer: Amy Myers Publishing House: Endeavour Media Date of Publication: June 3rd 2018 (first published December 20th 2005) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Friday Street likes to keep itself to itself.’’ I find that the beginning of summer is always an appropriate time to read a British Cozy Mystery. Now, my relationship with cozy mysteries has been stormier…

Alias Grace

Title: Alias Grace Writer: Margaret Atwood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: September 14th 2017 (first published September 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’…and the real curse of Eve was having to put up with the nonsense of Adam, who as soon as there was any trouble, blamed it all on her.’’ Grace is a murderess. She collaborated with her…

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Title:Picnic at Hanging Rock Writer: Joan Lindsay Publishing House: Vintage Digital Date of Publication:April 30th 2011 (first published 1967) Rating: 3 stars ”He reminded himself that he was in Australia: Australia, where anything might happen. In England everything had been done before: quite often by one’s own ancestors, over and over again.” Two years ago, I…

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Writer: Stuart Turton Publishing House: Sourcebooks Landmark Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 (first published February 8th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I’m a man in Purgatory, blind to the sins that chased me here.’’ What would it be like if one day we found ourselves in an another body? What if this happened on…

MACBETH

Title: Macbeth Writer: Jo Nesbø House of Publication: Penguin Random House, Hogarth UK Date of Publication: March 15th 2018 Ratings: 5 stars ‘’A seagull swept in over Fife through the silence and moonlight under a cloud-free night sky. Below, the river shone like silver. On the west of the river- like an immense fortress wall- a steep black mountain rose to…

Child 44

Title: Child 44 Writer: Tom Rob Smith Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 3rd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be? Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart?’’ What a month this has been so far… Gearing up the scheduled readings for…

Nightwoods

Title: Nightwoods Writer: Charles Frazier Publishing House: Sceptre Date of Publication: May 24th 2012 (first published 2011) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And that’s why we look back on that time so fondly from the dimmer years to come. Remembering the days when we were like Greek gods. Mighty and idiotic.’’ Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier remains one of my most memorable…

Lies That Comfort and Betray

Title: Lies That Comfort and Betray (A Gilded Age Mystery #2)  Writer: Rosemary Simpson Publishing House: Kensington Books’ Date of Publication: January 30th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ”I’ve learned to prefer the starkest of truths to the most comforting of lies.” In my opinion, there is only one city whose gritty historical background can be compared to London’s and, naturally,…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…