Thursday, 30 October 2014

Ten Best Agatha Christie Poirot Books

Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective, is one of Agatha Christie's most memorable creations. He's an unlikely hero, being small and gentlemanly and not the sort to get his hands dirty. Despite that, he's been catching criminals for many years and doesn't seem to get any older or less popular.

Poirot has appeared in plays, TV shows, movies, played by a wide range of actors. Most of them have been a success because they have behind them the writing of Agatha Christie, an amazing author of crime fiction.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Five Favourite Books For A Desert Island

A challenge: describe five favourite books to be marooned with on a desert island. Should be easy - books in every room, on every surface, on most of the floors ...

Three hours later, about 200 books have been through my mind and been rejected. Too short, too easy, too un-desert-islandish. Eventually settle on five and start writing. Finish number four and the doubts creep in. Delete number four and rethink. Got it!

Friday, 28 June 2013

The Drop, Michael Connelly

A Harry Bosch story, the eleventh in the series, and one that continues the tone of the rest of the set. It's very different from the Mickey Haller novels but fans of Michael Connelly will like it.

Bosch is a detective, retired but brought back on a limited contract to work on cold cases. He's had a great deal of success in solving crimes but been far less successful in climbing the career ladder. Being kind, I'd call him a driven loner who lacks empathy. Being unkind, I'd say he was surly and arrogant. Be that as it may, there's a well-crafted book here.