Today, I'll be discussing Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness (previously published as Poirot Loses a Client.)
Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #16) by Agatha Christie
A wealthy, elderly spinster has fallen ill in her country home, and weeks earlier, she'd had a nasty fall down the stairs. Everyone blamed the accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her beloved terrier. But the more Mrs. Arundell thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th, she wrote a letter to Hercule Poirot with her suspicions. Mysteriously, he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th, by which time, his client was already dead.
Dumb Witness, the 16th book in the Hercule Poirot series, is an enjoyable and delightful classic, detective mystery. Once again, Christie manages to create and develop an enticing storyline, a fascinating set of characters, and an ending that's thrilling and difficult to uncover.
This novel features Christie's absorbing literary skills, superb word choice, and a common yet intriguing plot.
In addition to the bewitching premise, Dumb Witness' cast is striking. Highlighting a family motivated by wealth and greed while revealing the unique and admired skills of Poirot and Hastings, it's easy to understand why this Christie mystery is adored. Although there are other Poirot novels that are sure to be more suspense-filled and captivating, this novel is a good read nonetheless.
Dumb Witness is a story of deception, family betrayal, and the lengths people go to get what they want.
If you're a fan of character-based novels and are looking to read a classic mystery, Dumb Witness may be a great pick for you.
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Today, I'll be reviewing the 24th mystery in the Hercule Poirot series.
The Hollow (Hercule Poirot #24) by Agatha Christie
“Henrietta!” the dying man said for all to hear. Was it an accusation?
A gunshot had rung across the grounds and drawn the weekend guests to the swimming pool.
There laid the body of John, and all Henrietta could do was stare in horror at the gun in Gerda’s hand. Gerda stood dazed, looking down at the limp body of her husband. While Veronica, the murdered man’s childhood sweetheart, had just visited The Hollow the night before.
Was one of these women guilty of murder? Hercule Poirot would have to uncover the motive of this crime—for it appeared an act of passion...
The Hollow is unlike any book in the Poirot series. The premise is unique, the setting inviting, and the cast of characters bewitching. But despite these impressive elements, there is one key component that is missing from the popular mystery: danger.
Many times throughout the story, Poirot insists that the featured crime was committed by a calculated killer—one that would stop at nothing to get his/her way. However, the narration fails to invoke the sense of threat and menace that is so often discussed.
In addition to this shortcoming, there is another fault that can't be overlooked. When evaluating the pace of the story, it’s clear that the discovery of the murderer’s identity is short and rushed in comparison to preceding events. While the investigation is illustrated throughout 200 pages, the crime is solved so surprisingly quickly, it makes the story anticlimactic.
Despite these drawbacks, The Hollow is a fine novel. Nonetheless, there are far better picks in the Poirot series to choose from.
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Today, I'll be discussing one of the best romance novels of 2018, One Day in December.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.
Laurie spends a year searching for him at every bus stop and cafe in London. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway...
Then one day, Laurie finds him at a Christmas party where her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces Jack—the man from the bus--as her new boyfriend.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.
Silver's latest reminds readers that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
Josie Silver's latest novel was one of my favorites of 2018 (and that says a lot considering I'm not a huge fan of romance).
One Day in December is a beautiful narrative that highlights the things that make life worth living-- friendship, family, and love. But despite this, ODID is also a tale of heartbreak and struggle.
Silver's latest features a fun plot, captivating diction, and quirky, laugh-out-loud moments. However, the star of the novel is, undoubtedly, the cast of characters the author has so carefully created.
The relationship between Jack, Laurie, and Sarah combined with their distinct and delightful personalities make this a story that is memorable, enchanting, and full of hope. Their place in life shifts and changes throughout the ten years shared with the audience, and because of this, readers grow to love the characters that have so wonderfully grown, failed, succeeded, and everything in between.
One Day in December is a tale for the hopeless romantic, but it's also a lesson for the everyday individual. Jack, Laurie, and Sarah's experiences are a reminder that struggle is inevitable, that life may not always turn out the way we want it to, but that maybe, just maybe, we're exactly where we're supposed to be.
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Today, I'll be discussing the fan favorite, 2018 thriller, An Unwanted Guest.
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway, but when a snowstorm hits, no one is able to get away...
It's winter at Mitchell's Inn. The cozy cabin, nestled deep in the woods, features spacious old rooms with antique wood burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.
But when the weather takes a turn for the worst, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests try to make the best of it.
That is, until one person turns up murdered... and then another... and then another...
Lapena's 2018 novel is one of the best classic mysteries of the year.
An Unwanted Guest features a binge-worthy storyline, on-the-edge of your seat suspense, and MAJOR Agatha Christie vibes.
The novel takes place at an isolated lodge in the middle of the woods. Here, at Mitchell's Inn, guests and staff are forced to join forces when one of them is found dead. But soon, bodies start to pile up, and suddenly, it's evident that someone in the group is the killer.
An Unwanted Guest is a brilliantly written book. The story is filled with crime, mystery, suspense, and features an immensely captivating cast of characters. As a matter of fact, in this case, the answer to the mystery lies within the characters themselves.
The guests, which find themselves face-to-face with a killer, all have secrets they're desperate to keep hidden. One of those secrets is the key to solving these heinous crimes, but one person at the lodge will do anything to make sure their secret stays buried...
Ready to expose the killer at Mitchell's Inn? Pick up a copy of An Unwanted Guest.
Today, I'll be discussing Shari Lapena's second thriller, A Stranger in the House.
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Karen and Tom Krupp are happy...
Until one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. Her purse, phone, and ID are still in their place.
Suddenly, there’s a knock on the door—it’s an officer. Karen’s at the hospital; she’s been in an accident. She seems okay, but she can’t seem to remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.
When the Krupps arrive home after the accident, Karen can tell something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in the house...
Unlike Lapena's heart-stopping thriller, The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House is simply an okay read. Despite the intriguing storyline and concise diction, Lapena's second novel is ordinary.
Although the characters featured in this book exhibit potential, they lack depth. Lapena fails to develop a multi-dimensional cast, which in doing so, makes it difficult for the audience to feel enthralled or captivated by the story.
A Stranger in the House also lacks thrill and suspense. In spite of the unusual crime and peculiar suspects featured in the story, the chain of events that make up the plot fail to evoke anticipation and excitement.
Because of this, by the time Lapena introduces plot twists, it's already too late for readers to feel engrossed by the story.
If you're in the mood for a mystery or thriller, consider picking up Lapena's other two novels. The Couple Next Door and An Unwanted Guest are stand out picks for fans of crime.
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