Film Review – Glass Onion (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed Knives Out but I can’t say that I was a huge fan. At least, not as big a fan as most people seemed to be. I suspect that it’s because I’m a big lover of Agata Christie, so I didn’t think Rian Johnson had done anything that revolutionary. I also didn’t think the plot was that remarkable but, again, when you’re used to the Queen of Crime, few people can live up to my expectations. What I did enjoy about the film was the characters. Particularly, Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc. So, I was excited by the announcement of a sequel. Especially a standalone sequel that had nothing to do with the original. Could it be as good or even better than the first film? Even without Chris Evans in his sexy knitwear?

Book Review – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

It’s been a while since I last read an Agatha Christie novel and I haven’t read anything festive this year. So, I decided to combine both in one go. I haven’t read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas for a while but I did watch the TV adaptation last year. It seemed like the best kind of book to pick up just before Christmas. At a time when there is so much going on and there’s always some distraction. I was planning to read each part on the designated day but that didn’t work out. In the end, I just smashed through it on Boxing Day. It was exactly what I needed.

Film Review – See How They Run (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sometimes I feel as though I’m the only person on Earth who didn’t think that Knives Out was the revolutionary and original murder mystery that everyone else believes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but the way some people go on, you’d think Rian Johnson had invented the drama. Although, I’m generally underwhelmed by whodunnits in general. It might be because of my love of Agatha Christie or because I’m just too cynical. Either way, I just think they’re too obvious. It’s such an oversaturated market that we’ve seen it all before. I just think it’s difficult to shock, so you need to do something special to keep me on board. I was keen to find out if See How They Run would do that.

Book Review – Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

Sorting out my library card has been an absolute revelation. I’m so annoyed that I gave so much money to Jeffrey Bezos for Audible when I could have been doing this. Admittedly, there isn’t a lot of choice and most of the books I want to listen to are already taken. On the other hand, it means that I can listen to books I wouldn’t have wanted to waste a credit on. Like this one. I’d heard about this book but didn’t really pay much attention. I’ve read a couple of Herman Koch’s books before and didn’t really rate them. In my opinion, The Dinner is massively overrated and Summer House with Swimming Pool was disappointing. So, I didn’t expect much from this one but, as it was free, I decided to try it out.

Book Review – The Dinner Guest by B P Walter

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

It’s so hot that I can’t even think about reading anything. I was a mess yesterday that I don’t know how I’m going to cope at work. I know people make fun of the UK for having terrible weather but it’s true. We aren’t prepared for this kind of heat. We should all just agree that on days with a red weather warning, we all just stay home and try and read. Or at least listen to audiobooks. I think I could cope with that. Speaking of audiobooks, I borrowed this from the library recently after having the paperback for ages.

Book Review – The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Do you remember how I had vowed to slowly make my way through all of Agatha Christie’s books by reading at least one per month? Yeah, that went out the window in recent months. So, I decided to pick one up in June. How did I decide? I went on Spotify and found the first audiobook that was in English. I also don’t think I’ve ever read this one before. If I have, it didn’t leave enough of an impression on me. As long as I didn’t need to know anything about golf then I knew I was going to alright.

Book Review – The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can tell from my weekly rundown, I tend to get a little excited when I buy books. I’m one of those people who will buy an entire series of books without reading a single one. There are only two books in this series so far but I bought both pretty close together. Meaning there was more pressure to enjoy the book. If I hated it, I’d just end up with a book I was never going to read.

Film Review – Death on the Nile (2022)

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

It was already going badly for Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile thanks to Covid. Then there were the seemingly endless controversies that plagued the cast. Clearly, somebody was trying to tell him not to bother. I mean somebody other than me. After the dull and forgettable Murder on the Orient Express, I wasn’t exactly counting down the days for this to be released. It doesn’t help that I think this Christie book is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book and I do think the twist is cool. I just don’t think it’s one of her top 5. It might be popular but that doesn’t always mean something is good. So, the thought of Branagh attaching his fake moustache for this wasn’t exactly keeping me going through lockdown.

Book Review – Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare

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Rating: 1 out of 5.

Statistically, we’re not all going to enjoy every book. There are so many books published per year that you’re bound to come across plenty that sounds great but just aren’t your thing. I don’t really request things from NetGalley very often but I went a bit mad towards the end of last year. There were just so many books that sounded really great. I’m slowly trying to catch up but it’s taking some time. Anyone who has been keeping up with my Sunday Rundowns may well be sick of seeing this book title. So am I. It’s been weeks. Thankfully, I finished it this weekend. I’ve never been happier to put a book down.

Book Review – At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I always used to think that I preferred Miss Marple stories but I think this is because of the adaptations. Or, at least, the women who have played her. There have been plenty of great portrayals of the character that made her seem much so wonderful. Going back to some of the stories that I haven’t read in a while, I’m starting to realise just how much help the adaptations have had.