Today I'll be discussing a mystery I've been dying (hahahaha) to read.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let's begin...
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others.
GUYS. This book is FREAKING insane. I have NEVER read anything like this. And I know I know, I say that about a lot of books, but I really really mean it this time.
First, I have to thank Thalia over at NYC's The Mysterious Bookshop for this recommendation. I went in one day, told her what kind of books I like, and she pulled out this little gem and told me to "try it out." So Thalia, if you ever stumble upon this one day, kudos to you.
It's kind of hard to explain The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle without spoiling the story, so I'm going to keep this real vague. This novel is a mix between Agatha Christie and Blake Crouch. If Blake Crouch doesn't sound familiar to you, he's the author of Dark Matter (and now Recursion). He writes crazy science fiction novels and is bloody brilliant at it.
Yes, you heard (read?) me correctly. This novel is a blend of mystery and sci-fi. It's great, one of a kind, and you have to go buy it asap.
I'm 100% sure this is going to be one of my favorite novels of 2019. I say one because Riley Sager released a book a couple of days ago and Ruth Ware's is coming out very soon. If you're an avid reader of AZE you know how much I love these two, so there's zero chance that I'll be able to pick a favorite. Don't worry though, this isn't a competition--there's enough room in my heart for all three.
If all that raving didn't convince you, I hope this does... GO BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU LOVE MYSTERY AND SCI-FI or even if you're looking for something different. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle gets this girl's stamp of approval (if that means anything at all).
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Hey there book friends!
Today, I'm discussing my latest Agatha Christie adventure...
Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot #15) by Agatha Christie
It was the matchup of the century: four sleuths--Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty's Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot--invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.
Before picking up Cards on the Table, I felt like it had been forever since I had devoured an Agatha Christie novel. The minute I opened the page and read the first sentence I actually sighed and said "honey, I'm home." Weird, right? Well, that's how much comfort these stories bring me.
Okay so, enough shenanigans. Let's dive into the review shall we?
I have got to say that Cards on the Table is one of A.C.'s more memorable stories. The plot is fun and intriguing--it's one of those whodunnits that drive you crazy because YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO DID IT before time runs out.
This is the second time I was able to figure out the murderer before I got to the end. And I don't think it's because I'm a kick ass detective, I just think that after reading 20 A.C. mysteries I finally got the hang of this thing.
It's also an added bonus that this Poirot mystery is a true delight. Aside from the storyline being quite memorable, the cast of characters is superb. All eight featured characters are intelligent and cunning, which makes for a wonderful set of suspects.
This is an authentic whodunnit if there ever was one, and I recommend it to all my fellow detective mystery lovers.
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Hello fellow booksters!
Today, I'll be reviewing one of 2019 most anticipated summer romances.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. But when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry leak to the tabloids, American/British relations are threatened and White House staff has to do everything they can to save it.
Soon, the allies are staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince-- they just didn't expect the friendship to turn into anything more... As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry--one that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. Now the pair is forced to make decisions: How do you want history remember you? And more importantly, what's worth a sacrifice?
Red, White, and Royal Blue is unlike any novel I've read before. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of "flowery" writing, but I've decided to make an exception for this uplifting and captivating story (as I do with Tana French, obviously.)
Casey McQuiston's debut novel may follow the story of a complicated romance, but it's the vivid and memorable cast of characters, such as President Ellen Claremont and the White House trio, that make Red, White, and Royal Blue a story to remember.
This narrative is funny and lively, but it's also real and powerful. I barely ever cry when I read. (The Harry Potter series, A Man Called Ove, and Me Before You are the exceptions). But McQuiston's latest novel made me shed a tear or two, AND THAT, in itself, is HUGE PEOPLE.
I could sit here and say how much I loved Henry and Alex, but instead I'll say GO PICK UP THIS BOOK. I'm sure you won't regret it.
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