Saturday, September 23, 2017

Evil Under the Sun

Evil Under the Sun was the thirty-second novel written by Agatha Christie, the twentieth with Hercule Poirot. Poirot is on vacation at a small island resort just off Leathercombe Bay in England. After the body of a former actress and temptress, disliked by around all of the female guests, is discovered on one of the beaches on the Island, Poirot is brought on to assist the local constables in their investigation to find the murderer.

Just like in several of her other stories, this one has several suspects, which are nearly all the hotel guests in this case. Their are deceitful stories told by several of the suspects and it is up to Poirot to figure out why. It is a good story all together.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians (also known as And Then There Were None) was the twenty-ninth novel written by Agatha Christie. Ten people, almost all complete strangers, are each invited to Indian Head Island for a week. Each invitation had something referencing to former friends and or employment possibilities. After they all get to the island, they are informed that their mysterious host is unable to join them until later in the week. After the boat that brought them to the island leaves, stranding them, just the ten. Soon after the murders begin. Who and where is the mysterious host? Who is the murderer?

This book keeps the reader trying to figure out who the murderer is through the entire story. It is as much a thriller is it is a mystery and written in such a way that it keeps the reader glued to the book.
It is a very well written and enjoyable book.

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World of Sleuths Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Easy to Kill

Easy to Kill (also known as Murder Is Easy) was the twenty-eighth novel written by Agatha Christie. It as about Luke Fitzwilliam, a freshly retired policeman returning to England from Asia, who ends up in a alone in a compartment on a train with an elderly woman. The woman tells Luke about some recent deaths in the village she lives in and how she believes they are all homicides. She is on her way to Scotland Yard to tell them about her hunches because the constable and everybody else in her village would just laugh. The following day, Luke reads in the newspaper that she was hit by a car and was killed walking to Scotland Yard. Luke decides to go investigate the deaths and gather some evidence to give Scotland Yard, so he goes to the village, posing as an author writing a book about the local folklore.

This book is credited as a Superintendent Battle novel, but he doesn’t appear until the last two or three chapters of the story. There are a number of suspects like in the authors other stories, but unlike most of them, the reader can start guessing who the murderer is before they are actually exposed. It is a good story.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ***
(Three out of five stars)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Murder at Hazelmoor

The Murder at Hazelmoor (The Sittaford Mystery in the UK) was the thirteenth novel written by Agatha Christie and is a standalone mystery. The story takes place at the edge of Dartmoor during a cold and snowy period. Most of the residents of the tiny village of Sittaford gather in the largest house in the village for a fun evening despite being snowed-in and they decide to have a séance for fun. In the middle of the séance, a different spirit starts communicating with them informing them that a long standing member of the village has been murdered. Is this a joke or is it for real?

This story keeps the readers interest peaked with a good number of suspects with around each one having a tie to somebody at the séance. The reader can guess what some of the incidents might be in the book, but there are several that are hard to guess including the surprising end.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Peril at End House

Peril at End House was the fourteenth novel, the sixth Hercule Poirot, written by Agatha Christie. This book takes place in the town of St. Loo in southern England where Poirot and Captain Hastings are on vacation. They come across a Miss Buckley who tells Poirot that she has had three near misses with death over the same number of days. This persuades Poirot to come out of retirement in order to find out who’s trying to kill her.

There are several possible suspects in this story with several twists and turns throughout. It’s interesting following Poirot and Hastings in their investigation and has a surprising ending. It keeps the reader guessing at who is behind these attempts until the very end.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dolores Claiborne




Dolores Claiborne is a psychological thriller written by Stephen King a bout a woman whose husband has a mysterious death during a total eclipse in 1963 and her wealthy employer who is under her care dies almost thirty years later. The setting of this book takes place on a small island just off the Maine coast. This story is her confession.

The format of this book is one that I’ve never seen before. The full book is her confession and in her words. The only dialogue the reader sees in this book is that in her confession or her replies to the questions that the local police ask her. The reader doesn’t see any of those questions, but the way she replies gives the reader a good idea what was asked.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)


Friday, September 1, 2017

The Cardinal of the Kremlin



The Cardinal of the Kremlin was the fourth novel written by Tom Clancy, the fifth in the Jack Ryan Universe (chronological order). This book takes place in the 1980’s while Ronald Reagan was President, both the United States and Soviet Union are individually working on their own Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) programs and the Soviet Union is in the middle of a war in Afghanistan. A high ranking Soviet official that has been acting as an agent for the CIA, code name Cardinal, for 30 years is discovered and can jeopardize the nuclear arms reduction talks going on between the United States and the Soviet Union. Jack Ryan is part of the diplomatic team sent to Moscow for the talks. He is also working on trying to get Cardinal out of the Soviet Union without anything being leaked about Cardinal’s spying against the Soviet Union.



This book has action throughout the entire story. There are times that it does seem to go slow. There are characters outside of the ones introduced in the previous books in the series that the reader will get to love or hate. Overall the book is thoroughly enjoyable.



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World of Sleuths Rating: ****

(Four out of five stars)