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SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: Dead Man's Folly - Part 2

So, who caught the premiere of DEAD MAN’S FOLLY with David Suchet last night? It was great fun and am so glad to see Poirot once again. As part of the Summer of Christie, and gearing up for Sophie Hannah’s MONOGRAM …
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BOOKS for August

I can’t believe August is already here! I feel like I just watched the fireworks for the new year. Down here in the South, the days are long and humid. High noon is spent hiding inside from the worst of …
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SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: Dead Man's Folly

The second title in the Summer of Christie is Dead Man’s Folly, a fête-filled mystery for Poirot. Mrs Oliver, an acquaintance of his (who also happens to be a mystery writer) asks Poirot to join her for the weekend at a …
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REVIEW: I WAS JACK MORTIMER by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

This deceptively small book reads like a layered film noir. An innocent cab driver is drawn into a labyrinthine plot when his fare is shot and killed in the back seat. The driver, Sponer, is perhaps of less than average …
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Three Odd Books – via Futility Closet

Three Odd Books – Futility Closet. B.S. Johnson’s 1969 “book in a box” The Unfortunates consists of 27 unbound sections, ranging in length from a single paragraph to 12 pages. The first and last chapters are specified, but the 25 in between …
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REVIEW: DUEL WITH THE DEVIL by Paul Collins

No, it’s not about that duel. It turns out the two worked as lawyers defending a young man accused of murder in 1800 New York City. It’s a bizarre and expertly-told story that sheds light on life when our country …
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REVIEW: SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS by Edgar Cantero

This is an updated, modern take on the supernatural gothic tale. Set in present day, a young British man (only identified as A.) inherits an estate in rural Virginia. The house is over a century old and it seems each …
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REVIEW: THE VISITORS by Sally Beauman

“The Orient—including present-day Turkey, Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa—exerted its allure on the Western artist’s imagination centuries prior to the turn of the nineteenth century.” Jennifer Meagher, Dept. of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The cover alone …
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BOOKS for July

  As summer heats up, reading on the porch, with a tall glass of lemonade is a must. Here are some titles to dive into while you relax to the drone of a faraway lawnmower and the flash of lazy lighting …
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SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: And Then There Were None

It’s the first book in our Summer of Christie! We are counting down until Sophie Hannah releases Agatha Christie’s Monogram Murders. I watched Hitchcock and read Poe, Christie and Sherlock at a young age. Weird, I know. It’s just that …
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ACCENT: BLISS HOUSE by Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict refreshes the typical Gothic story with this novel. Set in present day Virginia, a recently widowed mother and disfigured daughter move in to the ancestral home. The house is nestled in an uncomfortable middle ground between Southern sensibilities …
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REVIEW: BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager

Centered around the brutal and shocking assassination of the Duke of Orleans, brother to the King of France.Returned home one night, he was set upon by a gang of mounted ruffians who bashed in his skull and left him for …
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Crimes Dark & English

  This is a brilliant behind-the-curtain novel. It pulls together known facts in such a way as to make it nearly believable. Here, the famous writer Thomas De Quincey (who wrote The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater) comes to life, along …
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REVIEW: DREAMING FOR FREUD by Sheila Kohler

DreamingFreudKohler has an exceptional ability to imagine point-of-view in a realistic and enlightening way. Though this book is a novel, it is heavily researched and quite plausible. In it, the reader is treated to the inner thoughts of “Dora”, one …
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It's a Summer of Christie!

This summer, (re)read some of your favorite Poirot stories in anticipation of The Monogram Murders‘ release this September. Here is the schedule, posted by Book Club Girl: Here’s a schedule of when I’ll post questions to discuss for each of …
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