Review: Crooked House (Agatha Christie)

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Genre:
Crime, Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Publication date: 1949 (Original Publication)
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal
Page Count: 302
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Blurb:
In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…

REVIEW:

Why hello there! It has been way too long since I last reviewed here. I do apologize for the lack of posts for this blog. Life has been hectic with so many personal and work commitments that I had to put reading, and blogging, on hold. I do miss blogging and bringing you loads of recommendations, so hopefully I’ll be back to blogging regularly starting this May πŸ™‚ I’ve got a few book reviews up my sleeve!

So on to my latest review!

β€œI’ve never met a murderer who wasn’t vain… It’s their vanity that leads to their undoing, nine times out of ten.They may be frightened of being caught, but they can’t help strutting and boasting and usually they’re sure they’ve been far too clever to be caught.”

Crooked House happens to be my first Agatha Christie. This was a gift from a friend and whilst I wish I could have started with And Then There Were None as my first AG book, Crooked HouseΒ is a good enough book. Nonetheless, I now understand why AG is so famous as a crime writer. Her writing is simple enough to follow along and her plots always, always keep you on your feet! I remember reading this on the train, and I almost missed my stop numerous times because I was too engrossed in the whole book!

β€œCurious thing, rooms. Tell you quite a lot about the people who live in them.” 

Crooked House lets us peek into the peculiar house of the Leonides where a mysterious death has taken place (which is how all of AG stories start, I’ve heard). While the plot takes you on this journey to better know the family and the young man associated with them, it does have an air of cliche-ness surrounding it where you try to figure out who the murderer was and whether s/he was obvious in the book. But despite that, you have this sense of feeling that you’re closer to figuring out who the murderer was and how great it would feel if you had gotten it right.

AG plays with our emotions and sets a suspenseful setting while reading her book. And I love books that just grabs your attention from the beginning and makes you think in order to solve the case. And while AG is a well known crime writer, she didn’t become popular by writing cliche plots and endings….

β€œWhat are murderers like? Some of them, have been thoroughly nice chaps.” Β 

This story grips you in from the beginning and the plot twist will shock you (apparently she’s very good at these too). I thoroughly enjoyed being surprised as the murderer was revealed and thought this book was an overall nice read. It gave me a fresh new insight to how crime fiction is written! Give it a go if you want to try out crime fiction. I’ve only tried a handful and AG is definitely someone you shouldn’t miss out on reading!

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Review: The Gun Seller (Hugh Laurie)

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Genre: Crime, Thriller
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 1996
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal
Page Count: 340
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Blurb:
When Thomas Lang, a hired gunman with a soft heart, is contracted to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts instead to warn the intended victim – a good deed that doesn’t go unpunished.

Within hours Lang is butting heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femmes fatales, whilst trying to save a beautiful lady… and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

REVIEW:

I have so many mixed feelings for this book! On one side, I love the humor and sarcasm infused within the book. It was truly written with the persona and voice similar to that of Dr House from the House series where Hugh Laurie is hugely known for.

On the other hand, I’m beginning to realise that spy novels aren’t really my thing.

The Gun Seller is about Thomas Lang, an ex army man, who finds himself in the middle of a secret organization set to create war in order to sell one of their defense weapons. That’s the gist of the book and Lang was blackmailed to enter the organization. Along the way he questions the justice in his actions and involvement that plays around with the lives of other people. There were a lot of politically incorrect statements intentionally set within the book. Laurie questions the stability of a government and what it means to actually take care of the millions of lives under your protection.

β€œHaving a vote once every four years is not the same thing as democracy.” Β 

I truly enjoyed this solely for the numerous times I laughed out loud at the cynical sentences and sarcastic comments about life, love and money.

β€œIt is the middle of December now, and we are about to travel to Switzerland – where we plan to ski a little, relax a little, and shoot a Dutch politician a little.” Β 

The plot is a bit too slow for me, but no doubt this book would probably appeal more towards male readers who have interests in movies like Die Hard or Mission Impossible. Since I am neither a fan of these, I didn’t get to enjoy the book in its entirety.

I do however would recommend this if you’re looking for a good laugh and some misadventures that reminds you of Dr House if he were an international spy. Imagine all the cynicism and sarcastic comments directed at pretty girls… And I do hope you enjoy this more than I did!

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Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Gailbraith)

Genre: Crime

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Synopsis:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

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