A Bibliophile’s Pile (1): New Year, New Books

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







Holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.) – Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely is set during Christmas.


The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely


10 thoughts on “A Bibliophile’s Pile (1): New Year, New Books

  1. Dagny says:

    I love the Amelia Peabody series, especially the early and middle ones. For me, the latter few fell off a bit. I’ll tell you why later – it would be a bit of a spoiler now. They were still good, just different and not as much my cup of tea.

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  2. bettylouise31 says:

    Elizabeth Peters is a favorite author of mine. I have all her books. The first 3 or 4 books are mostly satire. Each a little different. I love THE LAST CAMEL DIED AT NOON, another satire. Along the way you can see how Ms Peters grew as a writer. There is a definite change at FALCON AT THE PORTAL at that point they become mysteries. I have read all many times but before I started my WordPress blog. I don’t review books I read awile ago. I will rate them. You might like to read Barbara Michaels as Ms Peters wrote romances with a touch paranormal in many of them. Another Peters favorite is NAKED ONCE MORE. It features Jacqueline Kirby.


      • bettylouise31 says:

        The first two books are more like stand-alones and don’t really fix into the story. While Evelyn is mention in most of the books she is not an important character. Some of the books, if reading now I would not rate 5 stars. Ramses, Neffert, R. Emerson, Master Criminal, and the Bastet and other cats are the main characters.


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