A Bibliophile’s Pile (as in TBR pile) is a new feature for 2017. It’s going to be very similar to my Mini Review posts, but instead of theming each post, I’m just going to list what I’ve read in the past week. Easy peasy.
Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely (physical book / library)
An Agatha Christie style murder mystery with an Austen obsessed heroine is right up my alley. The romance wasn’t particularly successful, and Elizabeth is as reckless as the typical cozy heroine, so I can’t give 5 stars. But, this was a fun New Year’s Eve read, and I will definitely read more from Kiely! I tried *really* hard to finish before midnight, but I ran out of time.
Octopussy and the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming (audiobook / library)
Octopussy (an actual octopus, not a woman) is the most interesting story of the bunch, and *nothing* like the film. Bond is a secondary character at best.
The Property of a Lady contains too much info / research into Faberge and auctions (much like Casino Royale and cards).
The Living Daylights is rather boring as well, but Tom Hiddleston makes it sounds better.
Overall, Bond is not my cup of tea, but Hiddleston’s narration is divine!
Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely (physical book / library)
Well, that was just FUN! Nic and Nigel Martini are amusing sleuths / classic film buffs. I loved the ode to Hammett’s The Thin Man, and all the classic movie references.
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (audiobook / library / re-read)
I’ve read this book before, about 4 years ago, but I never continued with the series, because I was already reading a bunch of other series, and it works well as a standalone. The MC of Murder at Longbourn mentioned her fondness for Amelia Peabody, so I decided to give the series another shot, since I’m currently caught up with most of my other series. I’m glad I did! This was a fun mystery / social satire. I’m going to read at least one more to see if I like it as well (there was a big change at the end that could drastically affect the series).
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Agatha Christie Read Alongs
BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017
CRUISIN’ THRU THE COZIES 2017
Holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.) – Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely is set during Christmas.
POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017
The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely