Category Vintage Crime

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

Agatha Christie had started writing The Mystery of the Blue Train while she was going through a rough patch in her personal life. Christie had already put out a book that she did not like (The Big Four) and according to her autobiography she never really liked The Mystery of the Blue Train either. While […]

The Big Four by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

The Big Four is a story about a gang of four super-villains who want to dominate the world. At the beginning of the novel, Poirot is the only one who is after the Big Four with officials thinking Poirot is following a mirage. So Captain Hastings, whose steadfast loyalty has been proven before, joins Poirot […]

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous Poirot novels and considered to be a cornerstone of vintage crime fiction. The novel’s wow factor was not clear to me at the beginning; it started out quite ordinary. Roger Ackroyd knew too much about the affairs of the woman he had been […]

The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

The plot The Z Murders occurs over a short time-span of a day and a half. The story starts at around 5 AM in the morning when Richard Temperley arrives at Euston station. Temperley is expected at his sister’s house, but he doesn’t want to go there too early and bother the servants. Instead, he […]

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates is the third volume in Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. It is a collection of eleven short stories altogether, and I am having mixed feelings about it. In the opening story; The Adventure of The ‘Western Star’, we have a fabulous actress who has been receiving notes demanding that she returns her precious diamond […]

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

As you might remember reading a vintage crime book per month is one of my reading goals this year. Last month I started reading Agatha Cristie’s Poirot novels, and since I am reading them in order, The Murder on the Links is what was up next for me. After rekindling his friendship with Hercule Poirot […]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

With Agatha Christie’s Poirot being available on Netflix, I thought now will be a good time to reattempt reading Agatha Cristie novels. I like to do things in order, so the book I picked is Agatha Cristie’s first published novel which also introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. According to John Curran’s Introduction, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the […]

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

I must have been around fourteen-years-old the first time I read a vintage crime novel. It was A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie, and it did not leave much of an impression. I was still learning English at the time – it is not my mother-tongue, which in retrospect might have been a factor. But other […]