The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie

Oh dear, I’m not a fan of this at all. It was just too absurd – an adventure in the style of the Famous Five or Five-Find-Outers-and-Dog but with (supposed) adults as the ‘adventurers’, which just doesn’t work. The characters are caricatures, far fetched and idiotic for the most part. I may be slightly biased as I realised about 50 pages in that I had seen a BBC drama based on it over Christmas (starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tommy and Tuppence), which, although I quite enjoyed the first episode, I found became irritating and ridiculous too (partly because I find David Walliams irksome). This is the first Agatha Christie book I haven’t enjoyed, and perhaps if I hadn’t had high expectations going in I may have liked it more. Nevertheless, I plan to stick to Marple and Poirot here on out. 1.5 stars.

Lord Edgeware Dies – Agatha Christie

Time for another book review! I just finished another Poirot mystery, it has the characteristic Christie-humour and plot twists up to the usual high standard. I didn’t guess the murderer, (it’s a good ‘un!) but fell into the trap (worse luck!). Of course there is the usual far-fetchedness but that didn’t stop this being highly enjoyable. Poirot remains the pompous little genius you love to hate, and I had to laugh at Hastings’ dread of the mention of his ‘little grey cells’. I have heard that the BBC adaptation is very well done so I’m going to look that one out for a rainy day. Recommend for a holiday or a decent bit of easy reading.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Boots

Yep, these bad boys are en route! Stood in a queue the other morning and a friend I am staying with at the moment was rocking a fab pair of DMs featuring a Hogarth painting. My-mind-was-blown. Seriously had no idea such awesomeness existed. So obvs it was necessary for my yellow-minded self to head on over to Ebay and have a wee trawl… And the rest is history.

Hoping, hoping hoping they arrive tomorrow, would really improve a fairly blah start to the week (stiff neck – really not feeling the android look). Proper bargain too, plus slightly worn so shouldn’t need hard core breaking-in. Winning.

Dead End Close by Dominic Utton

I was sent a free copy of “Dead End Close” in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the book, it has a variety of interesting characters, which are believable, relatable and portrayed very well by the author – it was nice the way their stories interweaved. The plot moved along at the right pace – there was some jumping forward and backwards in time by a few hours at a time which could be a bit confusing, but the main events were at fixed times and dates and it was always possible to work out where you were relative to them. It was always engaging – I never found myself getting distracted or having to reread sections, there was a lot going on and I got quite emotionally involved. There are some really sensitive issues dealt with, and some parts are hard to read but it is done very well in my opinion. I thought the conclusion was satisfying and appropriate [spoiler] and the ends were tied up nicely. I wasn’t completely convinced by the narrator. I have read ‘The Book Thief’ which uses a similar literary technique, and I think that perhaps the author was influenced too strongly by that and didn’t pull it off as effectively. That said, if I had come to this book without having read TBT I might have thought it was brilliant.

I would love to to read more about the characters, particularly those living at numbers 2,3 and 5 Dead End Close. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for something gritty and well written.

Introductions and oktapodi

This is an experimental blog where (hopefully) I will be posting regular short reviews about the books I am reading and maybe some details about any crafty projects I have on. Any awesome stuff EEEESPECIALLY awesome yellow stuff, be it clothing, books or crockery, will definitely be mentioned and I might go off on some personal life rants too depending how I feel, who knows? On that note, oktapodi: