365 Film Challenge Part 28: Mystery Special

Film #97: Murder Most Foul I've never been a massive fan of Miss Marple, I've always preferred Poirot as a character. This 1964 big screen outing is possibly my favourite Marple adaptation I've seen mainly because Margaret Rutherford's performance is totally different. She's a more bullish, louder take on the character, while still keeping the … Continue reading 365 Film Challenge Part 28: Mystery Special

Favourite Books of 2019

That time of year again, where I do my list of best books and movies. As usual, I've split my favourite books into fiction and nonfiction. Let's crack on. Nonfiction 5. Jump! by Daniel Engber Engber's short book is about the attempts to create parachutes as aviation began to take off (pun intended). He captures a … Continue reading Favourite Books of 2019

Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

After Murder on the Orient Express, this is probably Hercule Poirot's most famous case and further evidence that travelling with the Belgian sleuth is inadvisable. Fellow passengers on trains and planes have bought the farm while travelling with Poirot, and here death visits while he's on a Nile cruise. Poirot is in Egypt for a … Continue reading Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Book Review: Miss Marple’s Final Cases and Two Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Having recently been won over by Agatha Christie, I decided to tackle my least favourite of her characters, Miss Marple. I've seen TV adaptations of some of the books and while Christie herself favoured Marple, I'm not a fan. She just seems like a bit of a stuck up busybody, and any murderer she was … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Marple’s Final Cases and Two Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Book Review: Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

I'd quite enjoyed the introduction of Christie's crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence in The Secret Adversary, and having got into Christie's other writings recently, decided to pick up this collection of their continuing adventures. Now married, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are approached by their old government agent friend Mr Carter to assist in a new … Continue reading Book Review: Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I've read a few of Christie's Poirot stories before and while diverting enough, wasn't overly impressed. I found the stories to be inferior versions of Sherlock Holmes and didn't much like the narraror Hastings. Luckily in this book, Hastings is not the narrator and the book works better for it. Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian … Continue reading Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie