Here are some more rapid reviews.
Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…
I’d forgotten quite how many murders there were in this one! Being back with Poirot, it was like greeting an old friend. There were elements of racism in this one, but I still really enjoyed it. Overall I gave it 5*. This was from my shelf, and was the 5th of my #20booksofsummer project.
The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.
This was a quick and enjoyable read. None of the characters were particularly likeable, but I found the plot had me gripped and I kept going back for more. I did find the beginning a bit too long though. Overall a decent 4*. This was also from my shelves, and the 6th of my #20booksofsummer project.
Murder at the Brightwell, by Ashley Weaver
Glamorous Amory Ames might be wealthy but she is unhappily married to notorious playboy husband Milo and she willing accepts her former fiancé, Gil Trent’s plea for help in preventing his sister Emmeline from meeting a similar matrimonial fate.
Amory and Gil set off for the Brightwell, a sprawling seaside hotel in Devon, where Emmeline and her intended, the disreputable and impeccably groomed Rupert Howe are holidaying along with a sprinkling of other rich and sumptuously-dressed guests.
Champagne flows but the sparkle soon fades as a dark and unresolved history between Gil and Rupert surfaces. After a late night quarrel the luxurious hotel is one guest fewer by morning. When Gil is arrested for murder, Amory is determined to defend his innocence. But if she’s right the killer is still in their midst – can she prove it before she too becomes a victim?
Extravagance, scoundrels and red herrings abound as Amory draws closer to the truth.
This was an enjoyable and quick read. I enjoyed the writing and plot – even if it does require a bit of suspension of belief. The characters were really well written too. Not as good as Agatha Christie – but good enough for me to read more. Overall I gave it 4*. This was from my bookshelf, and book 7 of the #20booksofsummer project.