Agatha Christie Books I Read in May

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It’s time for us to Book it, folks! Share what books you read this month and let’s compare notes! This month I read all Agatha Christie books.

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A few weeks ago I didn’t think I would have much to report for our monthly book check-in, but I got on an Agatha Christie streak a week ago, and so I’ve got three books to tell you about. I’m actually up to 17 for the year, so that’s not bad. That’s like a three book a month average.

At the start of last year, I consulted the list of best-selling books of all time. And Then There Were None was near the top, so I tried it out. A little creepy, but not too creepy, just like I like my mysteries.

Agatha Christie Books I Read in May

So, I dug into see what else Agatha had up her sleeve. I read these three Christie novels over the last week or so:

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. I’d actually never heard of him before I looked up Agatha Christie. The story focuses on an English upperclass family and the mysterious poisoning of the family’s matriarch. The narrator is

I like to be able to solve the mystery, but not too soon into the book. I was surprised enough by the Whodunit.

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The Secret Adversary

For whatever reason, I found The Secret Adversary as following The Mysterious Affair at Styles on an Agatha Christie booklist, but it isn’t actually a Poirot mystery. It introduces another pair of sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence. Turns out they have their own series of mysteries as well, though not as many as Poirot.

I really liked this book except for one of the romances at the end. That was forced and far-fetched in the ultimate, but the relationship between Tommy and Tuppence is sweet. I would have continued with their next book except Amazon doesn’t have cheap kindle versions. I’m waiting on the library Overdrive system to come through for me on the next one there.

So, I turned back to Poirot:

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The Murder on the Links

The Murder on the Links is the second of the Poirot mysteries. He is accompanied again by his doubtful buddy, Captain Hastings. Seemingly, Hastings never believes that Poirot is doing anything worthwhile to solve the case and he bungles things in his own fumbling way. Then he is surprised when Poirot uncovers the mystery brilliantly. Such is the case in this mystery of two men found stabbed to death on the golf course.

And it makes me wonder if Hastings will ever get a clue.

So, those are the three books I read this month. I downloaded several other books, but never really got into them. I have Me Before You waiting on my kindle right now, checked out via Overdrive, but I’m wondering if I have the emotional bandwidth for that book these days. I know that it’s going to be sad, potentially heart-breakingly so, and I’m not sure I have that in me. Thoughts?

Read any good books lately?

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  1. Kim S says:

    Definitely read Me Before You. Other recommendation: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I like to read books without pre-conceived notions, so I’ll just say that all 3 of these are must-reads.

    • Me Before You is going to make bawl, though, right? Isn’t Stephen King creepy?

      • Kim S says:

        Possibly on Me Before You. It’s a heavy subject, but the girl character has a quirkiness that lightens the tone. For the Stephen King….this is not his typical stuff. It’s historical fiction, based on the JFK assassination. His writing is mesmerizing. Worth the 800ish pages. 😉

  2. Amy says:

    I’ll second that Stephen King novel. I read it when it first came out and could not put it down. If you’ve never read anything by him before and only know of his books like Pet Cemetery and Misery and so forth, you will be surprised to know how well he writes human relationships and history with a twist. Loved this one!

  3. Lyn says:

    I’ve read all the Agatha Christie books; I think I even own them all (in paperback). My favorite is the Miss Marple series. Especially “A Murder is Announced”.

  4. Emily says:

    I wasn’t very happy with Me Before You. It was one of those really heart breaking, sorrowful novels that had some lighthearted quirky moments. But the ending hit me like a ton of bricks: when I was done reading it, I felt heavy and sad. Not at all uplifting in my opinion; and I try to look for the good in the world.

    Read a Jan Karon novel instead!

  5. I am glad to know that about the Stephen King book, but the 800 pages gives me pause! I am reading the Golem & the Jinni, by Helene Wecker and really enjoying it- not your typical fantasy book. My listen-to ws Judy Blume’s, In the Unlikely Event- which I never knew happened, so I learned some history there- which I always like. Overall a slow reading month as May is so busy! I will have to try Agatha Christie as I love mysteries that aren’t grizzly!

  6. Tommy and Tuppence are so fun! By the Pricking of My Thumbs is one of my favorite Agatha Christie’s; I love how the two of them watch out for each other. I picked up Ordinary by Michael Horton this month. It was refreshing and encouraging. I feel like there’s so many books out there in Christian publishing calling women to dream bigger, pursue a bigger destiny etc. It’s not that setting goals is bad per se, but I’ve wondered for years if that message wasn’t at odds with passages talking about contentment and not worrying and being faithful workers at home…whether that wasn’t creating discontent in mothers like me who have chosen to stay at home with their kids. Horton does a good job Biblically making a case for our lives as Christians being more ordinary than spectacular, more everyday faithfulness vs. supercharged experiences. I love that there’s a chapter called, “Stop Dreaming and Love Your Neighbor”. It was a good balance of challenging thoughts and the hope of the Bible.

    • Did you watch the T&T TV show/miniseries? I noticed that there was one and was curious if it was any good.

      Horton book sounds interesting. I would say there definitely is that tension at play in our lives.

  7. Kirstin says:

    The Guardian has a great list of the top 10 Agatha Christie mysteries, as chosen by a Christie expert (go to tinyurl.com/zls39b9). I read my way through it last year.

    Last month I read Presence by Amy Cuddy (I still haven’t watched her famous TED Talk) and The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It’s a good book about productivity and time management.

    • I read The One Thing last year when I didn’t do booking it. Did you like it? I kept waiting to hear that the big deal was, but never got it. I don’t think I was tracking with him.

      • Kirstin says:

        I thought that The ONE Thing was worthwhile but not super original. The big deal is simply focus. It seemed most applicable to people in sales and entrepreneurs.

        I watched the three-part BBC remake of And Then There Were None that aired in the UK last Christmas. They “updated” it with profanity, implied sex, and lots of gore.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll read some Agatha Christie next! Here is what I did read in May 🙂 http://byquietwaters.com/reading-may-2016/

  9. Donna says:

    I began reading Agatha Christie in 6th grade (I’m 54 now LOL) I have read them al at some point. My daughter starts 6th grade in the fall- I think its time to introduce her to Poirot and Miss Marple.

  10. Wendy Clark says:

    I love the Mrs. Marple and Tommy and Tuppence series. Sleeping Murder is oh so good. Just the right amount of creepy, but not gory or disgusting.

    • I’m reading #2 of Tommy and Tuppence. Don’t like it as well as the first since they’re so much older and it’s more like short stories.

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