Book Reviews, Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Thrillers

REVIEW: Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie

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.

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Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Reviews

Book Review: Strip Jack by Ian Rankin

Rebus’ life is full of twists and turns, some are the creation of his own actions along with jeopardising investigations he is often involved in. Strip Jack is another one of those. The depth Rankin bestows in his character is enchanting. Rankin’s words complete Rebus. They’re companionship is brawny. Without one of them, I cannot imagine other one’s world.

I have read more than half of the books published under John Rebus’ series and this one is a masterpiece. If you ask me, why? For the reason that I have never seen any of the Rankin’s story to start and end at equal levels so astonishingly.

The story begins with a police operation. Raiding a brothel in a relatively high-class neighbourhood but, they happen to find the an MP name Gregor Jack belonging to North and South Esk constituency who, so far in the public eye had been an immaculate. Continue reading “Book Review: Strip Jack by Ian Rankin”

Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Reviews

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

This book does not lack even a drop of suspense. ‘Thrilling‘ is just another word to describe it. And yes, the more you read, the more you will find yourself surrounded by the likes of Clarence Starling, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford, Dr. Chilton, in other words, the world of Hannibal created executively by Thomas Harris.

I remember watching The Silence of the Lambs, and then I had no idea in what I am indulging my curiosity. But it was fascinating, and horrifying, and more fascinating. Then came Hannibal created by Bryan Fuller which I can say just polishes one’s fascination and is adapted in a whole new way. Playing with original characters with elegance and style is what Bryan Fuller has done with it.  Continue reading “The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris”

Books, Essay, Reviews

JOHN REBUS- An Uncontrollable Persistence

According to Ian Rnakin, John Rebus was born in 1947, brought up in Fife, has roots from Poland, by a stage hypnotist. In 1987, Rankin’s novel Knots & Crosses introduced us to the tough Edinburgh Detective Sergeant.

Rebus, to me, is a hypnotist himself. I sometimes feel that he has inherited his father’s abilities even not following the profession. He takes a reader’s conscience bit by bit and hypnotize him until that reader is plunging in the darkness of John Rebus. He’s the surreal Scotsman, the more you hate, the more you will end up loving him.

Ian Rankin prefers to leave the physical appearance of his characters to the reader’s imagination, although when Rebus is first introduced in Knots and Crosses, we learn that he has brown hair and green eyes. His enisle lifestyle means that his clothes are often less than immaculate. He was married, but divorced sometime in the 1980s. His ex-wife and his daughter appear frequently in the novels both as human and ghosts of past.

John Rebus has a fierce drive to succeed in his field and identifies closely with others who are facing adversity. Although he holds a law enforcement position, his postwar upbringing has influenced him to have a distrust of authority and an intimidating personality. Continue reading “JOHN REBUS- An Uncontrollable Persistence”


Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #2

This post is based on the Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1 where I talked about what and why Librivox. Click on the link see for yourself. 


In this post, I’ll make sure that you get familiar with Librivox. Here are some tips for getting started on Librivox.

All the readers on LibriVox are volunteers, finding a good audiobook can sometimes be hit-or-miss. Here are some tips I’ve found useful when searching for audiobooks on LibriVox: Continue reading “Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #2”


Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1

If you read books and you surely get lost into them by procrastinating the world to continue to read ‘just one more chapter’. But the book-fatigue knocks in and tells you to stop. But you don’t want to. You want to read as long as you can breathe. That’s what you love to do, willingly. But what about the demon, book-fatigue?

There are times when it is tiring while reading. The strain in your eyes and a glimpse of ache in your back tells you to give yourself a little rest and think about the future. It’s not the last book you are reading on this planet. Many more to read.

To overcome that resistance you do think that there must be an alternative. What if I could hear them?

Hear the words as of they are music to ears, hear them and soothe my own thirst for reading. Well, when there’s a will there’s a way. Continue reading “Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Mastermind- How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most curiosity generator fictional character and has been impressive in his ways for over a century. Starting from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books to the modern day adaptions on screen, every generation has known him. Even those people, who haven’t read the books but are always eager and curious to watch adaptions. Many on screen actors have tried cherishing him in their own ways, but few have grasped our curious mind by similarity in looks and characteristics. Sherlock Holmes, by using his simple methods and techniques of observing and deducing things, even the minute details which most of us at the times are ignorant of. He deviate our curious minds towards a disciplined approach and motivates us to remain fully aware of our surroundings and to practice the art of deducing. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Mastermind- How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova”

Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

It is almost been a year that I have read anything written by James Patterson. His last book I read, was Mistress which was mediocre. I gave my reasons and one of them being that James Patterson books are well written when they are not co-authored. And this book, I, Alex Cross proves that statement right.

I, Alex Cross is a fast read thriller though being 400 pages, can be read in a day. And the fineness of Alex Cross’s narrative is what makes it a must read if you want to read anything written by James Patterson. The plot gets better when Alex Cross gets personally involved in a crime scene. Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson”

Books, Essay


No, I am not talking about Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction here. But what is Pulp Fiction anyway? The real pulp fiction goes back to the magazines that used cheaper pulp paper in order to sell in great volume to a voracious reading public. These magazines had their heyday in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

It was fiction for the people, for the guy on the crowded subway going to work, or the busy mother with five kids who got a little reading time at night. It was for the people who wanted to be caught up in a fictive dream. It was not written in a style aimed at some elite literati. Continue reading “PULP FICTION, Anyone?”

Blogging Tips, Books

TWITTER Hashtags Every Reader Should Know

Hashtags are the most important element to use Twitter successfully. Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with others who share your interests and to find out about upcoming books. They can help you to raise your reading knowledge and the opportunity of interacting with other readers.

You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t over use them, be natural and never spam people.

Below are #hashtags that every reader should know: Continue reading “TWITTER Hashtags Every Reader Should Know”