Today, I'm discussing another Hercule Poirot case: After the Funeral.
After the Funeral (Funerals are Fatal) Hercule Poirot #29 by Agatha Christie
When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. Just hours earlier, Cora was heard saying: "It's been hushed up very nicely... He was murdered, wasn't he?"
Now, nothing makes sense, and the family's solicitor has no choice but to turn to Hercule Poirot for help.
This Hercule Poirot mystery is one of the most difficult to review.
On one hand, the storyline is extremely captivating. The ending also makes this one of the most memorable novels that Christie has ever written. However, the slow pace of the narrative accompanied by the underdeveloped cast of characters takes away a lot from this novel.
Despite having the potential to be one of the author's best, After the Funeral lacks Christie's traditional sense of "whodunnit." Because the story focuses more on whether or not a crime was committed and less on who actually committed the crime, readers don't really get the chance to get to know the characters. This not only takes away from the eerie and dangerous aspect of the plot, it also makes it difficult for audience members to draw their own conclusions.
In spite of these contradicting elements, After the Funeral is a wonderful mystery. While it's not Christie's best, it should definitely be added to your "want to read" list.
Have you read this Hercule Poirot mystery?
Today, I'm discussing one of Liza Palmer's most successful novels: Conversations with the Fat Girl.
A big thanks to Forever publishing for my free copy.
Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At twenty-seven, she's still serving coffee at Joe's while her friends are getting married, having babies, and thriving in their careers. And now Olivia, Maggie's best friend since grade school, is getting married too. The man in Maggie's life? Well there isn't one, except the guy she has a crush on, Domenic, who works with her at the coffee shop. Oh, and her dog, Solo (the name says it all).
When Olivia comes to town and asks Maggie to be her maid of honor, Maggie is thrilled... but she can't help comparing herself to the new and "improved" Olivia. Way back then, they befriended each other because they both struggled with their weight. Now grown up, Maggie is still shopping in the "women's section" while Olivia went and had gastric-bypass surgery in search of the elusive size 2. But as the wedding nears, Olivia's seemingly perfect life starts to unravel, and Maggie realizes that happiness might not be tied to a number on the scale.
Liza Palmer's upcoming rerelease is the story of 27-year-old Maggie--a young woman who has battled low self-esteem for as long as she could remember.
Maggie and her best friend Olivia grew up trying their hardest to make themselves invisible. They were sure that if they could not be seen, they could not be bullied. Now, Maggie and Olivia are in their late twenties. While Maggie is still battling the same issues, Olivia is down to a size 2 and living the life she always wanted: hanging with a group of thin, gorgeous women; marrying an intelligent man; and throwing the picture-perfect wedding. The only problem? Olivia is no longer the Olivia Maggie once knew.
Conversations with the Fat Girl is an interesting story. The writing is captivating, the plot is relatable, and the characters are authentic and vibrant. Palmer's novel is full of potential. The narrative is filled with powerful messages and lessons that are sure to resonate with hundreds of readers.
Unfortunately, the short anecdotes throughout the novel and Maggie's unlikable personality make it difficult for readers to make a strong connection with the story. Nonetheless, Palmer's shocking and empowering ending saves the story and makes Conversations with the Fat Girl worthwhile.
This rerelease will be hitting the shelves August 6th. Have you read Conversations with the Fat Girl? Will you be picking up a copy?
Today, I'm discussing one of my most anticipated romance reads of 2019: Meet Cute.
A huge thanks to Forever Publishing for my free copy.
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran--quite literally--into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover that the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Unfortunately, she never saw his betrayal coming either...
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever.
Will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Helena Hunting's latest novel is as captivating as expected.
This complex romance follows the story of Daxton Hughes and Kailyn Flowers--who once frenemies, are reunited when a tragic accident occurs.
Meet Cute is wonderful because it's a real-life romance. Unlike other love stories which often set impossible and unrealistic standards, Hunting's latest novel shows that while love is beautiful, it almost always turns up at the most inconvenient times.
Daxton and Kailyn are two people who are figuring out their life. Dax is dealing with loss while Kailyn is figuring out how to land her dream job. Their feelings for each other are complicated and could not have come up at a more difficult time, but despite it all, the pair is eager to make it work. For this reason, Meet Cute is a must read for fans of romance. Helena Hunting's latest features the elements of fate and romance while also being authentic.
If you have not purchased a copy, do so soon.
Have you read Meet Cute?
Hey there bookworms
Today, I'll be discussing one of my favorite romances of 2019.
A BIG thank you to Forever Publishing for my free copy. The Friend Zone will be available on June 11th!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen--especially when she meets the best man, Joshua Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.
The Friend Zone just might be one of my favorite reads of 2019. Abby Jimenez's debut novel is compelling, comical, and heartbreaking.
As previously mentioned, this book follows the story of Kristen Petersen and Joshua Copeland--two of the most genuine and candid characters featured in a work of romance. Kristen is witty, funny, and unapologetic. While Joshua is strong, determined, and big-hearted. Together, the pair is absolutely captivating.
Despite The Friend Zone being the author's first novel, Jimenez managed to create a wonderful narrative filled with both delight and heartbreak. Readers can expect to laugh-out-loud and even shed a tear or two.
This book is the perfect pick for readers who enjoyed Jojo Moyes' Me Before You or Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.
Will you be picking up a copy of The Friend Zone? Have you read it already? Chat with me in the comments below or send me a message on Instagram!
Today, I'll be discussing one of Agatha Christie's earlier novels: The Seven Dials Mystery.
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and it was evident that the prank had backfired with tragic consequences.
The Seven Dials Mystery might be my least favorite Christie novel (up to date).
At first glance, the storyline seems captivating. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
Despite the novel beginning with the murder of Gerry Wade, the focus of the story shifts--making it less entertaining and quite confusing for the audience. The novel features a handful of twists that are meant to keep readers on their toes but instead result in disapproval and displeasure. By the time the mystery is solved, the story can only be described as anticlimactic.
Not much can be said without spoiling the story, so I'll keep it short. If you enjoyed The Secret of Chimneys, you may like The Seven Dials Mystery. I recommend skipping it nonetheless.
Have you read The Seven Dials Mystery?
Hello fellow bookworms
Today, I'm back with an Agatha Christie mystery...
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
Lady Tressilian, an elderly woman confined to her bed, has invited several guests to her seaside home at the end of the summer. Guest Nevile Strange, incurs her displeasure by inviting both his current and former wife, thus causing awkward misunderstandings and tension between the group.
But events soon turn when Lady Tressilian is killed and Superintendent Battle finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.
What reason could someone have of killing the old woman? Could it have been greed or jealousy, or is something much sinister at bay?
Towards Zero is one of Christie's fine novels. Nonetheless, it can't be described as great or stand out. Despite being enjoyable, the novel lacks a memorable cast of characters and a unique storyline. Because of this, the book is great for readers who are looking for a quick and easy read but not for those trying out the author's works.
Like in other Christie stories, the novel is set at the home of a very wealthy host. The host is found dead, and soon, every guest and employee is a suspect. At first, the narrative is interesting because it makes readers wonder who would gain from the victim's death. Unfortunately, the outcome becomes predictable in the early stages of the mystery.
For avid readers of Agatha Christie, this is a good pick. However, if you're not very familiar with her stories, it's best to opt for a different mystery.
Have you read Towards Zero? Chat with me!
Today, I'm discussing Colleen Hoover fan favorite Maybe Someday.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college; working a steady job; in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter; and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Soon, Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either.
Finally, when their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...
While I understand why people would really enjoy this book, I can't seem to love Hoover's work.
A couple of weeks ago, I read It Ends with Us. And now, after finishing Maybe Someday--one of Hoover's most talked about novels--I've come to terms with the fact that her books might just not be for me.
Despite enjoying the author's writing style, I have a hard time connecting with her storylines and characters. Maybe Someday for example, features a really dramatic storyline and very unlikeable characters.
As much as I want to love Hoover's stories, my inability to connect with them makes it really difficult. Because of this, I'm coming to you all for help. If there's any Colleen Hoover book you think I might enjoy, send me a message on Instagram or comment down below!
In the meantime, I'll be checking out other romances.
Have you read Maybe Someday?
Today, I'll be discussing My Favorite Half-Night Stand.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is very single.
So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.
But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.
Can Christina Lauren do any wrong? This duo has written wonderful novels: Josh and Hazel, Roomies, and Love and Other Words. My Favorite Half-Night Stand is no exception.
Along with Josh and Hazel, Half-Night Stand is one of my C.L. favorites.
The greatest thing about this novel is that the characters, storyline, and writing are equally wonderful.
The protagonists, Millie and Reid, are complex and real. But the supporting cast adds a lighthearted element. Chris, Ed, and Alex are funny and genuine. Like Millie and Reid, they have flaws and insecurities. However, it's their strengths--their loyalty and compassion--that makes them memorable characters.
The plot of My Favorite Half-Night Stand is especially splendid. It very accurately represents dating in the 21st century: dating apps, awkward dates, and the occasional catfish. Though the story can be a bit predictable and cliche, it's impossible not to enjoy it.
Additionally, C.L.'s writing is as captivating as always. It's eloquent but also concise and easy to understand.
Altogether, My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a marvelous novel and a great pick for fans of romance.
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