Our book exchanges were kind of like drug dealing, minus the secrecy. My sister was the medium, her friend the dealer and I, the customer. Of course, I only borrowed. Bibliophiles everywhere understand the reluctance of parting with one’s books.
This friend of my sister’s introduced me to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series quite a few years ago. I have read more books with Hercule Poirot as the protagonist, but soon that will change.
July was a really good month for me. I have read Jane Eyre, Uprooted, On Writing, Misery, And Then There Were None, Murder On The Orient Express, The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Death In The Clouds, The Mystery Of The Blue Train, Peril At End House, Dead Man’s Folly, The Murder On The Links, (reread) Night Of The Living Dummy II and Why I’m Afraid Of Bees.
The ones in bold are written by Agatha Christie. I used to read a lot of crime fiction once but then my taste changed. The last one I read was The Book Of You which I received as a gift. It was engaging but nothing I ever want to read again. I am also not a big fan of the type of stories that involve a murder/serial killer, a romance, some sort of backstory of the detective/protagonist. I understand this kind of story is popular but everyone has different taste.
The books written by Agatha Christie are mostly crime centered. We get to know Poirot as an individual with a distinguished personality without chapters being dedicated to his backstory. The only book that managed to actually give me that feeling of ‘I was not expecting that, at all!’ was The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd. This is not me saying I guessed who the murderer was for every book, I didn’t. But that raw feeling of awe was a welcome effect of The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd.
Some people say that her books are similar which I didn’t agree with. As many opinions as there are people. One thing is same: the characters associated with the victim always have some secret. But it is applied in different situations and doesn’t lose its magic to keep the reader engaged. I guess it depends on what type of story is your cup of tea.