Thursday, August 25, 2016

Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie

After so long, I've finally read another Agatha Christie book. And even though this wasn't a Poirot or even a Miss Marple, I really enjoyed it.

Murder is Easy starts when Luke Fitzwilliam comes back to England. On his train, he meets Miss Pinkerton, who is on her way to Scotland Yard to report a serial killer. At first, he thinks that Miss Pinkerton is a dotty old lady who is seeing too much into things, but then, he reads about her death. One death is a coincidence, but when the doctor that Miss Pinkerton claimed would be killed next turns up dead, he decides that it's too much of a coincidence and decides to go down to the village to investigate.

Luke, and his friend's cousin Bridget are two very interesting characters, and I really enjoyed their verbal sparring. I'm not even surprised that they end up together (I actually think it's a lot more believable than most of Christie's romances), although it does sort of jump out of nowhere. But I've sort of gotten used to the fact that "constant quarreling" somehow means "flirting" in the books, so I realised what was going on before they made it clear.

By the way, how old is Luke? He's "honourably retired on a pension" but has a friend who has a cousin (Bridge) who is in her late twenties. So obviously he's not extremely old, but I doubt he's that young either, since people do tend to believe that he and Bridget are cousins rather than uncle and niece. Unless cousins had a much greater age gap back then. Christie never clears that up, and I think that is one of the unsolved mysteries of the book.

I must say, the mystery just sorts of get solved, which isn't very satisfying. But, it's fun to read the amateur detectives go about their business, so on the whole, I really enjoyed this book. I've a soft spot in my heart for Christie, so I might be giving her books more latitude than others, but I enjoyed it, and I think Christie fans will enjoy it too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock

This book basically proves that you should read the blurb to refresh your memory before reading the book, because I started without reading, and the book and I ended up with a rocky start. But in the end, I managed to get my bearings and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Lost in Wonderland has two characters: Mouse (aka Kayla), who has been raised in Wonderland, and Shiloh, her crazy older brother. In this book, Wonderland is a secret non-governmental organisation that trains their operatives to kill serial killers (because the daughter of one of their founders was abducted and killed by one). The monster that Shiloh and Mouse encounter is back, and what goes on is a thrilling tale where nothing is what it seems.

Although the beginning was confusing (and I admit that was my fault - I tend to dive into books without checking the blurb on Goodreads first), a quick check put me on track and I really enjoyed it. The 'Dark Wonderland' vibe got stronger as the book progressed and the ending, while open, still provided me with enough closure that I didn't want to hurl the iPad against something.

All the chapters are short, which is to say that they are extremely fast-paced, and I basically finished the book in less than an hour because of that.

If you're looking for a quick, thrilling read, this is a good book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

I managed to go to the library on Saturday, so I have a stack of new books to read! Today, I started the fifth and last book - The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. I've been meaning to read more fiction set in/inspired by Asia, and this was quite highly recommended. It's inspired by the custom of ghost marriages, and it's set in Melaka!

My teaser:
" "Yes," said the ghost as she folded herself on one of the dining chairs. Unlike myself, she had far less mass, for her sleeves trailed through the wood of the chair, and she was so light that a puff of air would have dislodged her from her perch" (Page 115)
What about you? What are you reading this week?
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Book of Lies by James Moloney

I re-read The Book of Lies last week and I still love it. I think it's amazing how some books just stay with you. It seems almost random at times.

The Book of Lies starts when a boy comes to an orphanage. His name is Marcel, but someone gives him a new name (Robert) and a whole new backstory. But thanks to a little girl called Bea, he remembers his true name. Also, there are two other kids at the orphanage: Proud Nicola and angry Fergus. Obviously, Marcel clashes with Fergus. Obviously they play a big part, or I wouldn't mention them.

Soon, the three of them find out that they are not who they think they are. Like Marcel, Nicola and Fergus have had their memory wiped and new ones installed. And then the real action begins.

This story has tons of twists and turns, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The truth of who the kids really were - for example - was confusing, and even at the end, not very clear.

I really liked the four main characters (Bea, the little girl that helps Marcel is one too), and the way that Nicola grows was really great. Fergus... Grew a little, but I think that this isn't his book to shine.

Oh, and silly me only realised this was a trilogy on my last read! So I'm gonna have to look for the second book as soon as I can (which is not looking hopeful, because this series came quite a few years ago, and it's not in the eBook library so...)

I totally recommend this for fantasy lovers! Especially if you like stories with magic books that have a mind of their own.