28 January 2014

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – By: Agatha Christie (Mystery)



I’m new to the awesomeness that is Agatha Christie, so you’ll have to forgive me if she ends up on here a lot. This one really blew me away though. It doesn’t matter if you’re casually interested, or honestly trying to solve the puzzle, this is a great mystery.

This follows a fairly standard Agatha Christie format. There’s a death in a small town, and wouldn't you just know it, there’s an adorable (if slightly pompous) detective on hand who will figure it all out. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is a suspect. Everyone has a motive. The clues are all there, but you have to sort them out before Poirot reveals the perfectly obvious solution.

Agatha (yes, we’re on a first name basis now), is fabulous. She uses your expectations against you, yet she gives you everything she gives her protagonist, so it’s all fair play. It's a game, can you catch up to Agatha before she wants you to?
Bookwyrm Rating: Meat and Potatoes

15 January 2014

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry – By: Rachel Joyce (Fiction)



It’s impossible to say what little things will change the way you live, or the way you think. For Harold Fry that thing is a letter. It is a small letter, a short letter. Someone seemingly inconsequential from his distant past is dying. Suddenly, everything he does seems insufficient, and so, Harold takes a walk.

I loved this book. The characters and their stories unfold similarly to real life. We know little bits about who they are at the moment, but their stories are revealed in bits and pieces along the way and they build into complex and relatable people.

I have a feeling that this book and I will become great friends. I know I’ll be back to visit it again.

Bookwyrm Rating: Meat & Potatoes