Spider’s Web by Charles Osborne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As with most books that are based on screenplays this book was relatively short to read. It was a wonderfully laid out who-dun-it by Agatha Christie who practically invented the genre. I’m not sure what else to say here as Agatha Christie is a very well known and classic author of the detective novel.
All I can really say is that I’ve been enjoying reading her books, plan to read more as I find them, and now that I’ve read “Spider’s Web” will be looking to find the screenplay version somewhere so I can watch how it plays out.
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Another duo from my local library, 2 very different books – one by Agatha Christie, a classic mystery, another by Stephen King someone I’m surprised I haven’t read more of on this blog as he’s one of my favorite authors.
In the bestselling tradition of Black Coffee and The Unexpected Guest, a classic Christy mystery is finally available in novel form. Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room and must hide it from her husband and the police while attempting to uncover the identity of the murderer.
At first glance, Stephen King’s latest bears a familial resemblance to Christine , his 1983 saga of a haunted, homicidal Plymouth Fury. But From a Buick 8 is a marked departure from this earlier tale of adolescent angst and teenage tribal rituals. It is the work of an older, more reflective writer, one who knows that the most pressing questions often have no answers.
The story begins in western Pennsylvania in 1979, when a mysterious figure parks a vintage Buick Roadmaster at a local gas station, then disappears forever. The police discover that the Buick isn’t a car at all but rather a Buick-shaped enigma: self-healing; impregnable to dents, dirt, and scratches; composed of unidentifiable materials; and containing a completely nonfunctional engine. Confronted with a mystery of unprecedented proportions, the troopers of Barracks D claim the Buick for themselves and spend 20 years attempting to understand its nature, purpose, and provenance.
Over the years, the Buick is the site of a number of inexplicable occurrences, from occasional blinding “lightquakes” to more sinister happenings that suggest this alien object is a doorway to another dimension. King recounts the most dramatic of these with an intensity and attention to detail that evoke a primordial sense of terror, awe, and revulsion. Through it all, and despite the obsessive fascination of those around it, the Buick remains an impregnable mystery. And that, of course, is very much the point. The world, King tells us, rarely stops to explain itself. From a Buick 8 is one of King’s best, mostly tightly focused novels since The Green Mile . With great narrative economy, it encompasses 25 years in the interconnected lives of a diverse group of characters, and its unmistakable, deeply familiar voice is as haunting and engaging as ever. On the evidence at hand, it’s clear that King continues to command the hypnotic power that has made him one of the dominant figures in modern popular culture. Bill Sheehan
Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve been watching the Poirot television series for quite some time now, they’ve been on Netflix and some episodes can be found on YouTube. I love the idea of solving crimes without all this technology we’ve become accustomed to.
So when I found a copy of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in my local library I snapped it up and read through it rather quickly. I soon found that the collections of short stories followed the episodes pretty closely, but the episodes contain quite a bit more information than the stories. The shows would depict everything as it happened, while in the stories, some of that had already happened.
That didn’t matter much as I was already a fan of Poirot and his investigations.
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Not too long ago I finally became a member of my local public library – a rather antiquated way of procuring books, but still a wonderful way to find books and meet others who like to read. So I picked up a couple of books, one is a self-help book describing the law of attraction and the other is crime fiction classic.
The Secret’s 10th Anniversary Edition includes a new foreword by Rhonda Byrne, and 10 of the most life-changing insights she’s had over the last 10 years of practicing and living The Secret every day. The 10 insights alone will accelerate your understanding and mastery of the law of attraction.
What connects a movie star, an archaeologist, a French maid, a prime minister, a wealthy dowager, and an Italian count? Crime, of course – and the master crime-solver, Hercule Poirot. Half of them have fallen victim to a terrible crime; the others have fallen under suspicion. This collection brings together 14 stories, 14 crimes, and twice as many suspects from Poirot’s mysterious adventures around the globe. This time, he investigates the mysterious murders that followed the opening of Pharaoh Men-her-Ra’s tomb.
Have you visited your local library lately? What have you been reading lately?