Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple’s Last Case

by Agatha Christie

series: Miss Marple book 13

 

 

 

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.

 

 

 

Sleeping Murder is a relatively unknown Miss Marple book, or at least for me it was. I hadn’t heard of this one but found it at Half Price Books when I went Agatha Christie shopping. The premise behind the book sounded so good. I enjoyed the slow to unfold story line and the cast of characters were great.This one reminded me a lot of my all time favorite of her’s And Then There Were None. Gwenda goes to England ahead of her husband to find and establish a house for them to live in. She is drawn to one in particular and starts to have visions of a time when she was just a toddler. She finds that a bit off since she grew up in New Zealand. Upon some sleuthing of her own she finds out she did indeed live in that house before. Her visions turn sinister when she see’s a murder through her 3-year-old eyes. Can her, her husband and new friend Miss Marple get to the bottom of things or should they just let it be…

Well if you know Miss Marple and Agatha Christie they can’t just let it be

Agatha Christie really is the Queen of Mystery and if you haven’t read her please try to pick up one. My middle grade reader loves Agatha Christie books and for the most part they are fine for her. This one does mention adult situation in 3 sentences for a total of 15 words. Nothing she hasn’t heard on Teen Wolf. I’m really glad I read this one and a bit sad as well. She wrote this as well as another one to be published after her death as a farewell to Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I really wish she had written Sleeping Murder way before since I really enjoyed the husband and wife sleuthing team of Gwenda and Giles. Guess if I want a team I’ll just have to read the Tommy and Tuppence book series.

So if you are a fan of mysteries, thrillers and suspense grab Sleeping Murders from your local library or bookstore. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie and haven’t read this one yet you simply must, it was so good!

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None was my first jump into Agatha Christie. I love a good mystery and classics so I’m not sure why it took me so long to read one of the legend’s books. This was a good one to start with because besides Murder on the Orient Express I believe this is just as popular. I also grabbed the recent movie remake from the library so I could watch the book come to life afterwards.

And Then There Were None (Book): This book was so fast pace and non stop action. Every time I thought I might know who it was they were no longer in the picture. This was a book I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it all in 1 setting. This book hooked me and I want to read and collect all of her books. I can see why she is called the Queen of Mystery. Even now so many years later her books are still so good. I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with a good classic and this proves it. The characters were all a little unlike-able but I think that was the point. They did horrible things and got away with it. What really made this atmosphere seem eerie and upped the mystery factor was the nursery rhyme and the little solider pieces. Each murder followed the nursery rhyme and then a pawn would be missing. I really liked the plot line of each character being a pawn in this persons game. It was an angle that I wasn’t expecting and really made the story fit together so well. It did read a little dated but not so much that it would be hard for the younger generations to read and enjoy it. My classic bookworm reader in the house loved it and she even figured it out. If any one ask me for some good thrills and chills books to read I will be telling them they have to read this book!

And Then There Were None (Movie): The movie did change-up some of the story line and while I knew the changes since I had just read the book it didn’t ruin the movie for me. I was fine with the changes. That being said there was  only thing I would have taken out. The party scene where they were all doing drugs. I mean yes drugs were around even back then but it didn’t really add anything important to the movie so I would have left it out. The characters in the movie seemed a little less evil and I liked them a tiny bit better than I did in the book. Most of the time I will say the book was better sometimes way better. In this case yes the book was better but for me the movie was just as good in its own right. I think if someone watched this having never read the book or any Agatha Christie books they might just go to their library or bookstore and grab some of her works.

This combination hooked my bookworm and I and we decided we are going to read and collect all of Agatha Christie’s books. We hope to find more movies or TV Shows based on the books so we can continue the Read and Watch with not only Agatha Christie but with more classics. We are making October Agatha Christie binge read and see just how many we can read. We also want to read Murder on the Orient Express before the remake comes out on the big screen November 10th.

Final Girls

by Riley Sager

I got a copy of Final Girl as the BOTM (Book of the Month) July book selection. I joined 3 months ago when they were running a special 3 months for 30 bucks and a copy of Into The Water by Paula Hawkins for free. I love that you pay for 3, 6 or 12 months up front so that amount of months is paid for in advance. You get to pick your book and can skip 1 month each membership time-table. I’m doing another 3 months to see if it’s something I want to keep up and maybe sign up for a longer period. OK on to this 5 star book…

 

 

Final Girls was so good I’m not sure where to begin. I knew I wanted to read this a long time ago when I first heard about it. I love horror movies and in all there is that final girl who is the sole survivor to an unthinkable act. This book was dubbed as a must read for fans of those movies. This book was so good. I was hooked from page one and was even reading while cooking  – which is hard to do when it involves making burgers and fries. The writing style was good and I liked the way the story flowed. The characters and there were a lot were well developed and I didn’t get confused by who was who and what back story did they belong to like some other books. There were a lot of backstories within the main story and I liked reading about all of them. I will say I figured out the who was behind everything fairly early on in the book but still enjoyed it so much. I didn’t have the why and back story of the character so I had to keep reading to see just what was wrong with that character. Final Girls are strong girls and survivors and Quincy had some issues of being the sole survivor. She blocked out everything which was her coping mechanism. She also had trust issues, I mean who can blame her right? Overall I think the author portrayed her well-rounded for having been through something that horrible. I really think Final Girls would make for a great movie or 1 season TV show. The ended kinda seemed like it could continue but I’m not thinking that is the case. Maybe the author left it open for us to decide or for them to return to if they ever want to.  Overall I would say this by far is my favorite book I’ve read this summer and will be top 3 for 2017. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great well-rounded page turning book that keeps you up at night or in my case getting up at 4 am because you can’t sleep another wink till you finish the book.

about the book: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life-like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.