A couple more Christie novels..

I’ve read Evil Under the Sun and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. I gave both books four stars. They were enjoyable reads, but in both cases I was closer to three stars than five; some of the previous Christie novels I’ve read I consider to be better written. Evil Under the Sun takes a while to get going, but I’m not sure how to evaluate that book on account of probably having read the first part too fast; it seems reading George Martin recently established a habit of ‘just reading along’ without thinking too much about where you’re going, a habit which took a bit of time to become aware of/get rid of. I only realized that I was reading rather fast after I’d half finished the book, after reading roughly 70 pages/hour during the first couple of hours – that’s not a good way to read a Christie novel, at least I don’t think it is. Not helping was the fact that I believe I’ve read the story before (spoilers hidden in rot-13 below):

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe I have never read before, and I deliberately slowed myself down a bit when I started reading it so as not to repeat my mistake. I liked it better than Evil Under the Sun, but it’s not in my opinion quite ‘up there’ with the greatest of her books.


August 28, 2013 - Posted by | Books

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