1st – 6th October
I read six books this week
The first book that I read this week was Arcam by Jason Minick. The book had very good ratings and the blurb sounded interesting too. The story was good all right, albeit slow. The one-sided romance (probably?) Was cheesy. For a debut novel, the concept was very good – a nuclear holocaust, kidnappings, murder and good ol’ detective work. Somehow, the book was not up to my expectations.
The next book that I read was Case of Passion fruit poisoning by Jessica Lansberry. This is the third book in Cookie Club mystery and I absolutely loved it! After all, who doesn’t love Cozy mysteries? More details in the review – coming up this week.
The next two books that I read were novellas. Novellas or short reads are my favorites. These books have less than 100 pages, which makes them a quick read. Plus, there is not much of character or scene description, which is quite a change, especially when you are reading a lot of 200+ pages books. Christmas at the Grange by T.E.Kinsey was a delightful read. The book was a standalone in Lady Hardcastle mystery series. After reading this book, I have decided to read the other books in Lady Hardcastle mysteries.
The girl with a secret crush was another short yet disappointing read. I haven’t read any books by Indian authors for a long time now, except for one by Ruskin Bond. Having heard a lot about Sudha Nair’s book – The Wedding Tamasha, which also won the Amazon award, I decided to read her latest short story – the girl with a secret crush. Crush was an understatement here. The girl has a crush on a famous author and she’s never met him. She proofreads his writing, has read his novels fifty times, followed every article on his blog and watched all his interviews – isn’t this a bit too much? At least I felt that it was a bit too much!
The next book that I read was Payton Edgar’s Agony. The book is such a charming and delightful read. Why didn’t I come across Payton Edgar series before?? The writing is dramatic (in a good way) and so is the story. There are certain issues that Mr. Edgar has but who’s complaining? Poirot is weird too, and that is what makes him the best detective ever!
Speaking of Poirot, the next book that I read was Black Coffee by Agatha Christie. It’s been a long time since I read a paperback. It’s also been a long time since I read Agatha Christie’s novels. The last one I read was Curtain: Poirot’s last case. As the name suggests, it was indeed his last case. It was heart-wrenching to see the old man die… Meanwhile, it had been more than a year since I read a paperback. Yes!!! Though I am partial to eBooks, reading a paperback made me change my opinion about eBooks. Paperbacks are better than eBooks! Shhh, don’t tell my Kindle – it is hanging a lot these days!
By the way, I recently watched Murder on the Orient Express. I did not like it. Branagh doesn’t do justice to the character – this is what I think. David Suchet is best actor to have played the role of Poirot. Even Peter Ustinov was not that bad. An egg-shaped man with a pencil-thin mustache – that is my Poirot. (No, he’s not “my Poirot”… not literally! )
That’s all for this week. If you missed the blog tour this week – Robbie’s one very odd teacher, then do check it out. It was an absolute delight to read this book. And from what it looks like, everybody is going crazy over Adam. 😀