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Thoughts on the Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Makes breathless reading from first to the unexpected last.

-OBSERVER

I love this book.

This is my first Agatha Christie read and it was very much worth it! No regrets.

It has an easy-to-follow narrative with well-written characters that all had motives for the book’s eventual murder case. But most of all, it has that very likable detective which I think just climbed up my top favorites list.

Let’s talk about Hercule Poirot

Who is the real star of the story (and basically in the whole Poirot installment)… He is a nice fellow, who can easily pass as anyone’s casual acquaintance. His presence in the Murder of Roger Ackroyd wasn’t the plan. He was merely taking a vacation, away from work, when the unfortunate murder happened.

But because he is the ‘Hercule Poirot’ whose name already made headlines, he was bound to somehow be involved.

But it wasn’t his wit or profession, though it’s a part of it, that made me love his character – and the story. It was his obvious sensitivity and knowledge of the human psyche.

One can press a man as far as one likes – but with a woman one must not press too far. For a woman has at heart great desire to speak the truth. – Hercule Poirot

He is as real as anyone else could be in the story. He is confident but never arrogant; secretive but not suspicious. He gives that feeling of a strange mix of opposites that never overpowers the readers but instead balances out all of the attributes that make him unique.

He is a welcome mystery to me. A good storyteller, too!

Whereas a lot of main leads from other detective stories give off that air of intimidation and spot on ‘know-it-all’ vibe, Hercule Poirot is breath of fresh air. He is that detective who you will want to sit down and listen to for hours. At least that’s how it is for me!

Stitching the story’s missing links….

Was downright impressive!

Not all mystery writers do that. A lot of times you are presented with the core case – and that is all that matters. Detective A works with the rest of the characters to solve the mystery, backtracking previous events all the while introducing those people whom the victim interacted with, their motives and benefits for the latter’s demise.

Twists and shocking revelations are added on the way to add drama or suspense.

Agatha Christie wrote this in a way that makes me appreciate the beauty of looking beyond the current case and understanding the character’s role in it regardless if it’s directly related to the murder.

She, through Poirot, revealed side stories with their own life. Most didn’t have anything to do with the case but important nonetheless in dismissing the involvement of those people as the murder.

At the end of the day, it’s the knowledge of those minor details that led to the true murderer’s identity.

The shocking last…

I will just leave this here:  You can never prepare for what she has written for you. 

So YES! I am recommending this book for fans and non-fans of mystery novels! It’s something to enjoy in one-sitting that I’m confident will leave an impression. You might even end up rereading it again and again….I’m planning a second round myself.

The Untamed – The C-Drama series I binged this Quarantine

Quarantine isn’t exactly how most, if not all, of us want to spend our summer. Yet here we are.

But if you’re like me who subscribes to Netflix, severe case of boredom can be countered by watching films and series from just about any genre your mood feels like checking.

Two weeks ago, I’ve jumped into The Untamed bandwagon, and have never since jumped out as I consciously drowned myself into the WangXian universe.

I’ve first read the novel so I pretty much have a good grasp of how the story will go. But since it’s work from home setup for now, I get to have some extra time to check….well, extra stuff. And boy if I’m not falling deeper into this rabbit hole.

It’s a 50-episode watch, with roughly 40 minutes each. Lengthy, if you think about it, but not really once you start. Give it three episode tops and see if you’d like it.

The fandom’s still growing and you might just be the next member!

A Glimpse Back to My Top 5 Best Reads of 2019

Say ‘yes’ on the comments if you have already made a partial list of books you want to read this 2020.

I already have a few, but before diving into new adventures, I’d like to pay tribute to some of the best reads I’ve had last year – books which I would not mind rereading and hyping up to friends. They’re that good.

Plus, if you haven’t read them yet, consider them as my personal reading recommendations to you this year:

In no particular order…

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Date finished: January 6, 2019

Synopis: The circus arrives with no warning. No announcement precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night.

My thoughts: Beautifully-written, dream-like and spectacular. I love it.

Goodreads average rating: 4.04 stars / 5

Deep Fathom by James Rollins

Date finished: January 27, 2019

Synopsis: Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board.

My thoughts: Awe-inspiring adventure to the world beneath the seas! Makes me want to explore ancient ruins up close! Here’s my full review on this book.

Goodreads average rating: 4.09 stars / 5

The Judas Strain by James Rollins

Date finished: March 18, 2019

Synopsis: From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind – a disease that’s unknown, unstoppable…and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis – operatives of SIGMA Force – search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapon lab.

My thoughts: Byfar the most action-packed adventure in this series! No less than wonderful! And I’m totally in for GrayxSeichan ship!

Goodreads average rating: 4.15 stars / 5

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Date finished: July 6, 2019

Synopsis: Call me by your name is a story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

My thoughts: Can’t put words on this. It’s a masterpiece.

Goodreads average rating: 4.26 stars / 5

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker

Date finished: November 10, 2019

Synopsis: Waged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates. It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English-outmanned by the French six to one – could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 clash between the outnumbered English archers and the heavily armored French knights. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and ferocious and bold king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject – and confirm Juliet Barker’s status as both a historian and a storyteller of the first rank.

My thoughts: Fine historical read with helpful references.

Goodreads average rating: 4.11 stars / 5

I’m still beefing up my 2020 reading list, so if you have some recommendations up your bucket, drop them down on the comments!