Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews: A Taste for Death, The ABC Murders and The Red House Mystery #MountTBR2020 #20BooksofSummer #mmdchallenge #FFRC2020

Hello friends!

Here are some more recent reads.

A Taste for Death, by PD James

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When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew’s Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice–all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death.

Oh dear. I really struggled with this. I found it overly descriptive, in a weird way. The author described every room that was entered. The plot was very slow, and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Overall I gave it 2*. This was from my shelf, and is book 16 of the #20BooksofSummer.

The ABC Murders, by Agatha Christie

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When Alice Ascher is murdered in Andover, Hercule Poirot is already on to the clues. Alphabetically speaking, it’s one down, twenty-five to go.

There’s a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling card is to leave the ABC Railway guide beside each victim’s body. But if A is for Alice Asher, bludgeoned to death in Andover; and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill; then who will Victim C be?

I knew I was going to really enjoy this from the minute it began. Mostly told from Captain Hastings point of view (including a foreword by him – I’ve never seen a foreword written by a fictional character) it was another book that I just couldn’t put down. As usual, plenty of twists and red herrings. Overall I gave it 5*. This was from my bookshelf, and is the 17th in the #20BooksofSummer project. I also plan on using this towards the 3rd book by the same author for the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge.

The Red House Mystery, by AA Milne

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Far from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for A.A Milne’s only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper. And when the local police prove baffled, it is up to a guest at a local inn to appoint himself ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and, together with his friend and loyal ‘Watson’, delve deeper into the mysteries of the dead man.

The Red House Mystery is a lost gem from a time before Tigger and a perfectly crafted whodunit with witty dialogue, deft plotting and a most curious cast of characters.

I really enjoyed this. Very entertaining and clever plot, with likeable and quirky characters. I was very taken in with the red herrings. Shame there aren’t more. I gave it 4*. This was from my own shelf, and is book 18 in the #20BooksofSummer project. I also plan on using this towards the Fictionophile Fiction reading challenge – title is the name of a building.

7 thoughts on “Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews: A Taste for Death, The ABC Murders and The Red House Mystery #MountTBR2020 #20BooksofSummer #mmdchallenge #FFRC2020

  1. Rare feat in which I have managed to read all three of the books you have in your post. I imagine our ratings are quite similar. P D James’ books started out well, but as they got longer, the weaker they became. A A Milne did write another mystery of sorts, Four Days Wonder – more of a comic thriller than a whodunnit.

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