Hallowe’en Party

In keeping with this recent re-reading trend of mine, I read Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party. (There’s another one on that list, you’ll see soon.) Usually, I prefer reading Miss Marple mysteries to Hercule Poirot simply because of the settings of these stories and that quality of unseen evil that pervades them all without getting hampered […]

Crooked House

Agatha Christie, it’s said, claimed Crooked House to be one of her own two personal favourites of her own works. And it’s easy to tell why. I’ve read almost all of Christie’s novels and there are some I was compelled to return to just because snatches of the story stood out so distinctly in my […]

In the Garden trilogy: Blue Dahlia

Imagine a wild-eyed ghost that appears night after night in your baby’s nursery and sings it lullabies while it rocks in a creaky chair. Scared? Not so much? I still remember reading my first Nora Roberts, even though I don’t remember which one it was.  It was a hot summer’s day when I was in […]

The Phantom of the Opera

This one’s been written about and sung and danced about and even immortalised by Scooby Doo. And still, in my opinion, nothing could do the original justice. Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera is simply beyond brilliant and I can’t even begin to pay homage to the imagination it takes to write something like that! […]