Christie’s books are sheer genius; every time I read one I am impressed all over again at her superiority in devising plots, and this is one of her best.
This story features probably the first female detective and is a great read with lots of tension-building and mysteries. The heroine is Valeria Woodville who marries Eustace but becomes aware that there are mysteries and secrets from his early life. The reader discovers inconsistencies and puzzles and information along with Valeria, and it is a [...]
This is such a lovely book to read, as are all the Jeeves & Wooster stories. These books could be described as light and frothy but they are much more involved than that as every sentence has meaning and humour and is so well thought out.
This is the fascinating and true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, who was the richest heiress in Georgian England; it details her life and her great many mistakes, particularly her disastrous marriage to the violent and dishonest Andrew Robinson Stoney and her courage in escaping him and achieving a divorce and being independent at a [...]
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This book is a collection of love letters written by an unidentified woman to her beloved. The letters detail the process of a beautiful but tragic love story beginning with her discovery of her feelings for him and her fear that these are not reciprocated, then her joy at the revealing of his feelings for [...]
This is a family drama kind of book, much like Thornbirds or Penny Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy; one where the reader stays with the family for decades and sees each member grow up and deal with happiness and disappointments. The book tells the story of Alice and her life, her early relationships and career, [...]
I very much enjoyed the other book by this author that I have read ‘The Historian’ and so had high hopes for this one. The story is told from Dr Marlow’s perspective while he is attempting to discover the reasons for artist Robert Oliver’s breakdown, who is his patient. Robert refuses to speak any words [...]
Yet another Alan Bennett book; I was on a bit of a roll and once I’d discovered how good his books were I couldn’t stop reading more and more of him! This book had me chuckling just from the first few pages so I anticipated it would be another great story. It is the story [...]
This is an autobiography of Janice up to the age of 11, detailing her life growing up in Scotland in the 1950s and 60s with her elderly mother who is very selfless and tries her very best, and her sister Cora who is by contrast a selfish and quite cruel person.
This is a wonderful, entertaining, and touching story about Mr & Mrs Ransome who have all their possessions stolen in a burglary including chairs, beds, bathroom cabinets, mirrors, etc. While trying to deal with the shock of this, Mrs Ransome slowly begins to feel quite liberated with having to start all over again and a [...]