#review #Afterthefuneral by #AgathaChristie #whodunnit

This is Agatha Christie’s 29th book, maybe 30th as listed in some of the lists. If you enjoy Poirot’s mysteries, there is no reason to miss this one.

​I picked up this book because of the intriguing blurb and, of course, because of Poirot too. It didn’t disappoint. I had read the dentist one earlier (One, two, Buckle My Shoe) and found it a bit far fetched, in that the detective knew special facts which were outside the reach of the reader. In such a situation, the reader can’t be expected to have a surmise of their own. However, in this book, the facts are laid out and you can even make your own guesses. Without actually steeping up the action, Christie manages to increase the anticipation of revelation towards the end. Quite unputdownable and interesting as it provides an interesting theory of how others see us as compared to how we see ourselves. Also the tricky role of mirrors in our life.

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#Review Last Man She’d Love 

Happy to share a five star review for Last Man She’d Love.

Here is what Wendy has to say at Amazon UK;

Another corker from one of my favourite romance authors.

“Loved this book. A rogue with charisma and chemistry and a woman trying to make the best of her life. Sometimes the best things happen when you cross your fingers and pretend.”

Many thanks, Wendy!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R2JXS4X6UYO0I8/

 

You can check out the book at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07475QM2N

 

#review False Colours by Georgette Heyer 

False Colours is a light historical romance by Georgette Heyer. You can read more about the book at Goodreads.

My review:

I found this book an absolutely enjoyable read. Quite as funny as Cotillion and Friday’s Child by the same author, without the slightly prolonged last part of Friday’s Child. The end was a bit tame, but the whole story went by without the dreaded sagging middle which sometimes creeps in even the brilliant works of Georgette Heyer. All in all, a light hearted and very comedic love story. The shades of grey are very well done in the characters. 

#review Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of short stories featuring the offbeat problem solver Parker Pyne.

 Blurb: The forlorn, the anxious and the puzzled have all beaten a path to Parker Pyne’s office where, armed with just an intuitive knowledge of human nature and a small retinue of talented employees, he turns their fantasies into reality – for a modest fee, payable in advance.

Here’s my take on the book, story by story.

The Case of the Middle-aged Wife: An entertaining read which offers a delightful and lateral view of romance and marriage.

The Case of the Discontented Soldier: Very imaginative with a twist at the end.

The Case of the Distressed Lady: Quite a good twist but not entirely unexpected.

The Case of the Discontented Husband: Left me laughing.

The Case of the City Clerk: Again a lateral view of life. 

The Case of the Rich Woman: More than a twist, this offers you a lens to look at life and happiness in a broader perspective.

Have You Got Everything You Want?: With this story, the direction of the book veers from human puzzles to the more gruesome world of crime. You remain curious till the end.

The Gate of Baghdad: The descriptions are vivid and the twist is believable.  

The House at Shiraz: Good twist but saw it coming.

The Pearl of Price: Entertaining read.

Death on the Nile: I found this the weakest of stories. The motive for the murder was not very satisfactory.

The Oracle at Delphi: Good twist at the end. Enjoyed reading.

All in all, a superb repertoire of mysteries which will keep you hooked to reading. The tone of the book changes midway and I felt it would have been better to have kept the funny stories separate from the crime ones, but still the book doesn’t disappoint at all. Another Christie entertainer.

#review #BathTangle by Georgette Heyer 

Bath Tangle is a historical romance by Georgette Heyer. It features two strong protagonists and a sort of double romance with two secondary characters which are much more likeable than the main characters.

​I really didn’t know how to rate this book. The beginning and the end are so much better than the middle.

First of all, I had a different impression of it than what the book turned out to be. I picked it up, thinking it would be something in the line of a light adventure, maybe similar to the Corinthian. The cover gives the impression of more liveliness than is present in the story. 

*Warning for spoilers ahead.*

The start gives us a different picture of the heroine than what we find as the book progresses. She doesn’t come across as headstrong and bad tempered in the beginning, but soon that image is dispelled. The book becomes dull for a few pages but perks up as the setting changes. 

Serena and Ivo are not very lovable or aspiring protagonists. The plus about the book is they had been depicted with all their faults without any excuses. However, continued clashes and battle of wills just makes the reader tired. The ending provided some insight and of course a lot of romance but I did wonder what sort of life they would have together if they can’t get along with each other. Moreover, they are unlikely to retain many friends either. A romance rather like Wuthering Heights, though a bit mellower.

Another thing I missed was that very little explanation was given for their past. Little or no account why they became engaged or why it failed. It would have helped to understand them better.

The reason I ended up giving four stars was that there was an uplifting feeling in reading Serena’s totally independent nature. She does become aspiring in the sense that she doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion and cuts herself no slack, so to speak. However, it is clear she can do as she pleases because of the license her position and social status gives her, so that takes away any feeling that she has faced any hardships to become what she is. Still it was good to read this sort of female character.

#Review The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine

The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine is a medical romance from Harlequin.

The heroine, Dr Emily Clifford is a dedicated medical professional who has been oversensitive about her birthmark all her life because of a bad parent. Her failed marriage makes her even more emotionally scarred. She seeks refuge at a beautiful Fijian island where she takes her medical skills but is surprised to find another doctor already there. Dr. Joe Braden has his own personal demons to fight.

One of the hallmarks of the book is that it is thoroughly researched. The medical and cultural backgrounds are firmly blended together to form a realistic picture. I liked the portion about dengue and what the author put in as dengue remedies because the disease and the remedies are quite prevalent in India and shows how much thought author has put in the research.

Emily is vulnerable yet strong. Damaged hero Jason is worth drooling over. Both are confused by their mutual attraction and even more complicating is when her brother comes to learn of it. The author has handled it sensitively. When they get stranded on the island, Jason’s determination yet uncertainty about saving them from storm makes him very human. Emily learns new strengths as the book progresses and how she overcomes her weak self image forms the crux of discovering romance.

All in all, a well written and tender romance.

#Review Writing a Book a week by Alex Foster

Writing a Book  a Week by Alex Foster is a kindle book available at Amazon. I came across it at Goodreads. Last time I checked it was available for free download at Amazon here.

Here’s my take on it.

​A well written book. Obviously the concept is somewhat far fetched. If you’re reading to find some miracle way to do what the author proposes, it’s far beyond the reach of an ordinary person, sandwiched between job, and other things. But for providing inspiration this book works wonders. If you’re lagging behind in your projects and lacking inspiration, this book will certainly set you back on the track.

Pick it up if you want some pep and zing back in your writing.