November is here and we’re about to go back into lockdown, so it’s kind of like it March again. Supposedly for a month but we’ll see how that goes. If I do get furloughed, at least I can use my time getting on top of my TBR. I’m currently reading my 71st book of the year. That’s 21 above my original target of 50. I doubt I’ll be able to double it but I’ll get bloody close.
Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 6
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 2
Number of audiobooks: 2
I had a lot of books that I’d planned on reading this month but, as you can expect, I didn’t still to my proposed TBR. I had a last minute change of heart and decided to take part in an impromptu Agatha Christie binge. Starting with this one. I’ve always liked the twist in this book. It’s not quite as amazing a some of her others but it’s a very well-plotted murder mystery.
It was October so, of course, I had to read this Agatha Christie offering. I know it’s not exactly a supernatural tale and she definitely has spookier offerings. However, it felt like a must. Plus, there’s something very gruesome about a child being killed at a Halloween party. Particularly when she is drowned in the apple bobbing bucket.
This was the book that started my Agatha Chrisite month off. I’ve been wanting to reread this for ages. I don’t think I got chance to reread Murder on the Orient Express before the film came out, so I wanted to make sure this time was different.
I hadn’t read this collection of Christie short stories before. Or, at least, I hadn’t thought I had. Turns out it’s just a bunch of her previous shorts but together in one spooky collection. I can’t say that I’ve ever been massively into her short stories but that’s not because I think they’re bad. More to do with my feelings on short stories. I prefer a longer format. Still, this was another Halloween appropriate read.
I spent a lot of time trying to decide what rating to give this one. Sometimes 3 seems like a good rating and sometimes it feels harsh. So I went back and forth between 3 and 3.5 stars for quite a while. I’m still not convinced that I made the right choice. I didn’t want to suggest that I hadn’t enjoyed reading but I don’t think it’s one of the best. It’s a little meandering and long-winded compared to some of her other books. I also think the twist is a bit more obvious here.
I also struggled with this rating. Did I got 3.5, 4 or even 4.5? It was tricky. I think the plot of this book is good but I also think the final reveal is a bit rushed. I decided to go with sheer enjoyment because, despite its minor faults, I do think this is an good mystery. It might not be her most intricate. It isn’t even her best locked room mystery. What it is, is a classic Poirot with plenty of the Belgian detective and, really, that’s all I need to be happy.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
I only finished this on Saturday, so my review isn’t up yet. Meaning my rating could change. It’s been 100 years since this was published but it’s every bit as exciting now as the first time I read it. But does it really stand up with her later works? It’s hard to tell.