Awards and Agatha Christie....

Hey, I got a blogger award!

This is the Literary Blogger Award For Energizing And Inspiring Reading-- (very appropriate for this month, I thought.)  It was given to me by Helen, who does all kinds of writing and book news on her blog Straight from Hel.

Here are the rules to the Literary Blogger Award:
1. Accept the award and post a link to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Pass the award on to three people and link to their blog.
3. Notify those you nominated for the award.

And here are my choices:

-John over at Running After My Hat:  John has an abundance of awesome quotes, poetry and literary references.  There's always something over there that I've never seen before.(and I mean that in a good way)

-Editorial Ass:  Moonrat over at Ed. Ass not only has all kinds of book industry coolness, but she's part of the Fill in the Gaps Project, where people are challenged to read the classics they've been putting off.  If that wasn't enough, she's one of the organizers of the Gravity's Rainbow Readalong

-Actually, The Fill in the Gaps Project rates their own nomination.  This is an open blog where anyone who is signed up for the project can post reviews.  I don't know if you can blog-award a blog with so many "authors" but they are certainly  "Energizing And Inspiring Reading"!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reviews...

The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Mystery Masters Series) by Agatha Christie
The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Mystery Masters Series)
Christie, Agatha

Meh.  Not enough Poirot, too many disparate plot points and I didn't care much for the narrator. The mystery was decent though. 2 stars

Ordeal by Innocence (Mass Market Paperback) by Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence
Christie, Agatha

A doctor returns from an expedition to discover that he was the only alibi of a man convicted of murder.  The man has died in prison, but the doctor wants to make amends by discovering the real killer.  An interesting and unusual Christie book, but not a particularly memorable one. 3 stars

Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback)) by Agatha Christie
Three Act Tragedy
Christie, Agatha

Another Poirot, and a pretty good one.  The crime is creative and red herrings abound.  Plus the solution plays out over a much longer period of time than most Christie books do, which makes the ultimate twist all the more interesting.  Told from the point of view of Mr. Satterthwaite of Mysterious Mr. Quinn fame.  3 stars

A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced
Christie, Agatha

Just when I thought I'd read all the really good Christie books, I found this one.  It was one of those mysteries where you start yelling half-way through.  "They did it!  They totally did it!" But you keep reading because you're not really sure.  And then you turn out to be right.   I love that.  And I love the idea of announcing a murder in the paper before you do it.  Delightfully devious.  5 stars

Hallowe'en Party (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
Hallowe'en Party
Christie, Agatha

I figured out who did it in this one too, and it was a fun read.  But the narrative wasn't as smooth.  Still, it had plenty of Adriane Oliver, the scattered writer who is far and above my favorite Christie character.  So, 4 stars

A Daughter's Daughter (Hardcover) by Mary Westmacott
A Daughter's Daughter
Westmacott, Mary

Believe it or not, this is an Agatha Christie book.  Turns out Ms. Christie also wrote under the name of Mary Westmacott.  This book--the story of a mother and her grown daughter--is kind of a relational suspense novel.  No dead bodies or whodunits.  But it was surprisingly moving, and managed to be sad without overly depressing me.  4 stars.

See you Monday!


  1. Congrats on a blogger award well-deserved! Yeah, ain't that Helen something!

    Great reviews. Leads me to another Christi

  2. Sylvia- Thanks! I hope you enjoy the book(s). :)

  3. Yay Miriam!! I love your blog and you totally deserve the award! :)


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