I must confess the Hercule Poirot is not one of my favourite detectives. Not even close. But that’s personal opinion. What I enjoy most Poirot’s cases or I must say, Agatha Christie’s writing is the how the cases unfold in the end after reaching the climax. This book has a brilliant ending, that’s all. No spoilers. I enjoy her writing which never fails to create a tension on the reader to get to the end of it. And Then There Were None is the best case scenario.
This one certainly one of the most famous Agatha Christie’s crime tale. Whomsoever I am talking with about crime fiction, does bring up Agatha Christie (even if they haven’t read her). The queen of crime as they like to call her, but Hercule Poirot certainly not the king of detectives.
Murder on the Orient Express is a renowned locked room mystery. A locked room mystery, if elaborated is a crime that sounds impossible to ensue. The plot starts on the famous Orient Express train that promises to take her passengers to a journey across the Europe, but is stuck somewhere in between due to heavy snow. Now this is a real incident, an experience the queen of crime has shared with us, her readers from the memorabilia of her life.
This locked room mystery is based on the whole coach of the Orient Express and Hercule Poirot happens to be in that coach. The deed is done, the culprit runs away and Poirot is given the task of bringing the culprit into the spotlight and by deducing his every move, to satisfy his own curiosity as well as the readers of the book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie”→
In Italy, people call a story that consist of detectives or crimes giallo, for the word yellow. The reason is that since 1930s mostly crime fiction books had yellow covers. The earliest known crime fiction book is over twenty pages and is written by Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher and published in 1829. It is called The Rector of Veilbye and is supposedly based on a true murder case from 1626 in Vejlby, Denmark. The story is in the form of diary entries by a character named Erik Sorensen whose focus is on a trial about an unexplained disappearance of a farm labourer and after fifteen years the bones are unearthed.
The evolution and popularity of the genre increased in late nineteenth century in UK and USA, offering cheap paperbacks and mass producing them. Author like Arthur Conan Doyle made a huge contribution in the development of this literary genre for the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Continue reading “The World of Crime Fiction”→
2014, has been a sublime reading year for me. Not only I conquered my target of reading a hundred books (as currently, I am sixty four books ahead of my schedule and few hours are still left), I have read a variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, many kind of sub-genres. I am happy to meet Diversity this way.
Hereby, I conclude a list of ten books that I am recommending to you.
Let’s start with a classic. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a great piece of Gothic Fiction, well written novel which will give to rise to a whiff of compound thoughts when you are done with it. This book is a great example of how society has not changed much in the past two centuries in terms of greed for power, immortality, and innovation.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Exquisitely written, complete, this biography of the iconic computer genius is a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal clashes that destroyed friendships and careers, and of course, Steve Jobs. Continue reading “Ten Books I read in 2014”→
2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.
The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.
10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.
9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book.
I have never been on good terms when reading Agatha Christie. She made me bore and I confess guiltily (it’s not my habit generally) I have left her two books previously in between while reading. But few years back, a wise man recommended her to me, told me to read her books, stick to them. And this time I did.
And There Were None by Agatha Christie, another recommendation by a special friend whom I’ll thank personally, wanted me to read this one. I read And There Were Nonein few hours (only two breaks in between) and it was hard to put down. A complete thrilling and terrifying experience which made me go mad and fall in love with it. After a long time I did feel such thrill and adrenaline rush through my body. Had read so much crime fiction in the past, I could not conclude the final outcome which was absolutely brilliant.
It is the story of ten individuals who are invited to an isolated house on Soldier Island, Devon, England. During their first dinner together, a recorded message accuses each of them of a terrible crime. One by one, they begin to die. One of guests must be the killer, but who is it? The plot ofAnd Then There Were None is so simple yet it is extremely difficult to execute.
The characters are so adequate and well-crafted and the pace is extremely good, not too fast nor too slow. I quite liked the way author portrays the effect the murders have on the characters, specifically once they realize that no help is coming. Although not everybody’s reaction is described in great detail, a general feeling of fear is successful. There isn’t much in the book but I am sure the plot will give you a chill afterwards when you have read it. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I was reading it. A total crazy classical murder mystery.
This book was a great way for me to spend my weekend while in bed due cold. Agatha Christie does it brilliantly and the book deserves lot of praise. Totally recommended to anyone who wants to read.
I’ll be reading more of her novels because of this!