Tag Archives: HarperCollins

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

Daughters of War, set in 1944, follows the story of the Baudin sisters while they live under the Nazi occupation in Southern France. The three sisters are separated from their widowed mother, who now lives in England, before the war, which has made Hélène, the eldest sister, their de facto mother. Hélène, an artist turned […]

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

So I have decided that I’m going to try and read all the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted books before the winner announcement on 5 June. Even though the Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the awards I follow, I usually take my sweet time reading the shortlist. But this year, since the only […]

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie (Book Vs. TV)

It has been a while since I last read a novel by Agatha Christie. Back in 2017, I read the first six books in the Hercule Poirot series and really liked The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Most of the rest were good 3-star mysteries too, but I never warmed up to Poirot, so when I […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

All the bells in Norfolk were ringing for Elizabeth, pounding the peal into Amy’s head, first the treble bell screaming out like a mad woman, and then the whole agonizing, jangling sob till the great bell boomed a warning that the whole discordant carillon was about to shriek out again. The Virgin’s Lover, as you might guess, […]