As you know, I love a bit of cosy crime. I’ve enjoyed reading Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle for as long as I can remember. More than anything, I have an affinity for the novels from the Golden Age of detective fiction. Just give me a whodunnit in a country house, an amateur sleuth and plenty of red herrings. That’s all I really need. Modern crime fiction is getting too pretentious for my liking. It’s trying to be more like television and it’s getting ridiculous. So, when this contemporary version of a Golden Age novel I knew that I had to give it a go. I’m always wary of books that get compared to Agatha Christie because no modern writer has ever been able to match her genius. Still, I’m always hopefully that someone will come close.
You know you’ve made a cultural impact if you inspire an episode of Doctor Who, right? Season 4 is one of my favourite seasons because I think Donna is the best companion in modern Who. It also has some fun episodes. Most importantly for this post is The Unicorn and the Wasp. An episode in which Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance is connected with an alien murder mystery involving a giant wasp. Death in the Clouds is referenced towards the end of the episode as evidence that the encounter stayed with her subconsciously. I do wonder how many Who fans picked up the book following the episode. Maybe hoping for something fantastical and extraterrestrial? The giant wasp on the cover of my copy might certainly suggest something rather more sinister to anyone who hasn’t already read it.
Just when you think Chris Evans can’t get any better than beardy Captain America in Infinity War, we get Chris Evans in knitwear Now, I’ve always been a huge lover of knitwear because I’m a secret grandma. What I didn’t expect was for knitwear to be quite so sexy but Rian Johson clearly saw that as a challenge. Therefore, we have ourselves an original and exciting new Hollywood film that also features some of the hottest knitwear scenes ever. And I say that as someone who once bought my friend a book of sexy knitting projects. I’ve spoken a lot about Oscar snubs recently but the biggest one by far is that the costume department on Knives Out didn’t automatically walk away with the win for making Chris Evan’s cable knit an internet sensation. No offence to the actual nominees but none of them have made quite the cultural impact that whoever first pick up that cream jumper has done.