A Look At My Week

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I treated myself to a whole week of mysteries. Four of them, actually. I do love a good mystery, and all four were good. However, a couple were really good. I’ll tell you about them starting with the best one first — 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie.

I’ve said it many times on this blog, but I truly love it when an Agatha Christie novel features Jane Marple. She’s a very wise woman of about 70+ (I’m guessing here). She’s not an official detective, but some people at Scotland Yard consider her deduction and people skills invaluable. So do some of her friends.

When a friend, Elspeth McGillicuddy, sees a woman being killed on another train as it passes her train, she notifies Jane. Figuring this out is complicated, but Jane. with help, does it. She figures out which train it could have been (the 4:50 from Paddington), what happened to the body, who the woman was, who the man/murderer was, and why was the woman killed. It was a very intricate puzzle that was interesting to follow until the very satisfying solution. The characters were also unique. If you’re looking for a sweet Agatha Christie to read, I suggest this one.

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Damaged by Lisa Scottolini is the fourth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series about the two partners in a Philadelphia law firm. Mary DiNunzio is suing the school system in order to help a severely dyslexic middle-school boy. He needs to go to a special school, but the system won’t let him. It’s hard to believe that so many people want to block him, but there are very powerful and passionate people against this case. This story really touched my heart and I had a hard time taking a break for my normal life-practices.

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Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger is the third book in the D.C. Smith series. I read these books simply because of D.C. Smith. He’s a former Chief Superintendent of Detectives who is back to being a simple Inspector. So far I haven’t learned anything specific about why he was demoted, but he is very distainful of the people in authority. Fortunately, he has great respect among his fellow detectives. He’s very capable as well as helpful to those on his team. The story in this book starts out as a simple one — a man has disappeared from an oil rig out at sea. Was it an accident or a suicide? Smith’s instincts tell him there is something wrong. It’s complicated, but Smith and his team doggedly persue the truth. I was surprised by what they found which is always an excellent outcome for me.

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The second Agatha Christie novel I read this week failed me, probably because I compared it to 4:50 From Paddington, the one I mentioned above. There are two deaths in this story: After The Funeral. They are both thought to be natural deaths, but the family’s solicitor is suspicious. He calls in Hercule Poirot to nose around which of course he does beautifully. It was just an okay story for me.

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Away From the Blog:

We’ve had a good time this week pretending to be pirates. A friend/family member turned seventy last week. To celebrate, his wife and daughter hosted a pirate-themed party. Everyone was encouraged to wear a costume and adopt “pirate talk.” Since it was a potluck, some guests tried to bring “pirate food.”

There was a get-acquainted treasure hunt and a costume contest as well as a pirate line-dance. That’s my husband – Pirate Jay – pictured on the left. He and I haven’t been to a costume party in years, but it was so much fun to get into the spirit of this one.

I hope your week has been fun too. Happy Reading.

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One Response to A Look At My Week

  1. It looks like you had a great week of reading.

    That party looks like a blast! I wish I was a creative hostess like that.

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