Agatha Christie's '4.50 from Paddington' was first published in 1957 and is the 8th book in the Miss Marple series. Image sourced from the 4.50 from Paddington sales page on Amazon.com under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book, click here. Mrs McGillicuddy catches the 4.50 from Paddington station. At a certain … Continue reading 4.50 from Paddington: A Miss Marple mystery
Here is a wonderful review and well written synopsis of my debut novel, ‘Underneath the Killing Tree.’
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this short story by the author but have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
On a sunny morning in 1920, Emlyn Quinn is found hanging from the linden tree on the lushly landscaped estate of Loxley Hall. Ruled as a suicide, her passing is dismissed by the local authorities and may have gone unnoticed had it not been for Mary. Mary Loxley, Emlyn’s kid sister has returned to Loxley Hall from Paris after receiving a cryptic message for Emlyn just days earlier. Convinced that Emlyn’s death was not a suicide but a murder, Mary is determined to uncover the truth.
In present day, Detective Inspector Andy Bliss is called to a gruesome crime scene in the industrial district. With the victim being the proverbial “one that got away” in the Detective’s history, he should…
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Agatha Christie first published The Secret of Chimneys in 1925. It is the first appearance in any of her books of Superintendent Battle (Here an Inspector) and it also features an amateur detective by the name of Anthony Cade. Image sourced from Amazon.com and used under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: The Secret of Chimneys
Limerence is a relatively recent addition to the English dictionary. The word was coined in 1977 by an author who was looking for a word to describe someone who was in a state of infatuation. Some people mistakenly use it as a noun to describe someone who is in love - however their is a … Continue reading Word of the Day: Limerence
Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly was first published in 1956. It is a Hercule Poirot mystery and as with Elephants Can Remember, he is teamed up once again with the famous mystery author and Agatha Christie's alter ego, Ariande Oliver. Image sourced from Amazon sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: Dead Man’s Folly
I once knew a cat named Nefa. I was never certain as to whether she was named after the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, or if her name came about due to her notoriously sinister actions. Nefa enjoyed sitting high above, swiping her sharpened claws indiscriminately at all who passed! Regardless of the origins of Nefa's name … Continue reading Word of the Day: Nefarious
To be completely frank, I had never known the exact meaning of the word perspicacity. I had heard it a number of times and had made an educated guess as to its meaning from the context that it had been used, however I had always been too lazy to pick up the dictionary and check … Continue reading Word of the Day: Perspicacity
Who would have thought that we needed to invent a word specifically to refer to throwing someone out of a window? But that is exactly what we have here. For those of you who have ever wondered about the meaning of defenestration - look no further. Defenestration is the act of throwing someone out of … Continue reading Word of the Day: Defenestration
Agatha Christie's, Lord Edgware Dies, was originally published in 1933. It is a Hercule Poirot mystery, written entirely from the perspective of his running mate, Captain Hastings. From the beginning, as Captain Hastings reminisces about the murder of Lord Edgware, we are told that Hercule Poirot considers this case to be one of his failures … Continue reading Lord Edgware Dies: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons was first published in 1959 and centres on an exclusive girls' boarding school in England - Meadowbank. Image taken from Amazon.com sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book click here The story begins with a revolution in the Middle East where Prince Ali Yusef … Continue reading Cat Among the Pigeons