Mini Reviews (5 books)

I am trying to finish off reviewing all my reads of 2010 (39 books, wow!). These 5 books were very good but I think I can talk about them in a few words because they are much- read books and I just enjoyed them a lot. But really can’t add anything more to what is already said about them.  

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie(Hercule Poirot)
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
first published June 19th 1926
Synopsis:

Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there’s another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.

My Thoughts:

This was recommended to me by Nishita (Nishita’s Rants and Raves), in the comment’s section of my Body in the Library post. She told me that this one was really good one and I am not ever going to guess the murderer. Oh my, this was a really clever one and Poirot was there right from the very beginning. Nish was right, I would not have imagined and was perfectly shocked when the murderer was revealed. Great plot and perfect ending.

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (Ms. Marple)
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1942

Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets-a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir. But all of that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, appears to have been driven to suicide. “I can’t go on,” her final note reads. Only Miss Marple questions the coroner’s verdict. Was this the work of a poison pen? Or of a poisoner?

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the title but as in the case of Cat Among Pigions (Hercule Poirot), I kept waiting for Ms. Marple. She came in the last half, but in any case because of the other book, I did not let that spoil my fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I did think this was not going to be the very best Ms. Marple book and you should not start with this one.

The Winter Rose by Nora Roberts

My Thoughts:

This was kind of a short story, a fairy tale. I actually really liked it. A beautiful princess entraped by a curse which means she has to live in eternal winter with her people. A Handsome Prince comes along and then the Magic of Love. This is one of those fairy tales you would like to read once in a while. The writing is fabulous and I really like Nora Roberts. Got to read more by her. Any suggestions?

84, Charring Cross Street by Helene Hanff
Paperback, 112 pages
Published 1970

It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty love affair.

My Thoughts:

Just Awesome, wonderful and heart-warming. I LOVED this book and I want to re-read it someday very soon. It is a lovely collection of letters and how can you not love Helene. Read it, it is definitely one of the best books I have read this year.

Cantervile Ghost and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
Published by Maple Press, 2010
Ppaerback, 190 Pages.

My Thoughts:

My copy of this collection had 5 stories –
The Canterville Ghost – Ghost, spooky + hilarity = great fun! Enjoyed!
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – This was, in a way, very interesting. I actually liked this one a LOT!
The Sphinx without a Secret – I felt really sad at the very end for the lady protagonist.
The Model Millionaire – Cute story. Liked it.
The Portrait of Mr. W.H. – I just could get into this one at all. It had lot of Shakespeare talk, which went over my head. I did not complete this one.
All in all, I loved 4 out of stories. I think this was a great collection.

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  1. Veens, I love these mini reviews! You give just enough info to make an educated decision about reading them. You’ve been reading a lot more than me in recent times. I will have to try a book by Nora Roberts. I know she’s quite popular. 🙂

  2. Lovely mini reviews. Thoroughly enjoyed them!
    I just loved 84 Charing Cross Road, and want to catch up with the movie too.
    If you liked 84 Charing Cross Road, I’m sure you’d like The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. Do check it out if you haven’t read it already.
    Sadly, I haven’t read any Agatha Christie or Nora Roberts. Their books which you have listed sound lovely. I definitely would like to begin, though. Do let me know of any suggestions for beginners. 🙂

  3. The idea of mini reviews is really cool! 84 charring cross is on my radar and its been a while since i read short stories. I havent read any Nora Roberts yet,but agatha Christie is the standard filler i use between heavy books. Love the new background !

  4. I really need to read 84, Charing Cross Road. It sounds wonderful and I don’t think I’ve seen a bad review of it! And I’m glad you liked The Canterville Ghost. I enjoyed it too, though I haven’t read any of those other Oscar Wilde stories.

  5. You shoud join the Agatha Christie challenge! They all look great, but I’m adding 84, Charring Cross Street to my wish list.

  6. I NEED to read some Agatha Christie!! I can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by her. I’ve also heard a lot about 84 Charring Cross. Glad you liked them–sometimes it’s nice to read a book and just enjoy it for what it is.

  7. I read 3 Agatha Christie’s this year for a challenge — was planning on reading The Moving Finger, but didn’t get to it. I enjoyed the ABC murders and A Murder is Announced. The 84 Charring Cross sounds great — I really enjoy the epistolary format. Thanks!

    I hope you are enjoying “Sweetness” I did. I’m loving Saving CeeCee Honeycutt right now.

  8. 84 Charing Cross Road is one I’ve been meaning to read, I’ve heard so many good things about it. Glad you’re caught up on 2010 reviews … I’m still going 🙂

  9. I loved 84 Charing Cross Rd. I’m so glad you did too. I’ve read a few Miss Marples, but have seen many of the BBC television movies.

    Oh and what a great idea to do mini-reviews to catch up.

  10. Great mini reviews, Veens! Sometimes you just have to do that right?

    Yay, so glad you were shocked by the big reveal in the Murder of Roger Ackroyd. So far it’s my favorite Christie book. And, what bookworm doesn’t love 84 Charing Cross Road right?

  11. Ah Nora Roberts, no one writes magical romance like her. Try the Three Sisters trilogy, it’s awesome.

    84, Charring Cross Street is on my Wishlist, hope to get to it soon.

  12. I just finished “And Then There were None” by Agatha Christie and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend it. If you get a chance, do pick it up.

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