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From time to time I get offered a free book to download to my Kindle by organisations that pretend to have my welfare at heart but who are really just after my custom and patronage. Anyway some time ago I opened one of the books I had downloaded in this way, faute de mieux. It was only much later when the Kindle had switched itself off and I had to reopen it that I discovered that the book was called 'The Invitation' and was by an author I had never heard of called Lucy Foley.

I have to say that it held my attention: a love story (basically) but full of intricate twists and turns, both superficial and complex at the same time. I've finished it now. Not sure I altogether like the ending, but would be happy to recommend it to the Book Club as there is much that we could get our teeth into. (or into which we could get our teeth!)

The remake of Murder on the Orient Express has been panned by the critics but as J is a big fan of Judy Dench she wants to go to see it when (if) it comes to Chapter. I can't really get beyond Kenneth Branagh's moustaches which some reviewer said were like a couple of squirrels perching under his nose. So I thought I would read again the story and sure enough somewhere amid our piles of books I found a copy. The picture above is to remind us what Hercule Poirot should look like.

What a good writer Agatha Christie is! How observant and how she creates atmosphere and scene from little details. She makes everyone else look ham-fisted. Of course her stories are dated and the plots contrived but one can still appreciate the writing. And her characters have an elegance that I long to aspire to (to which I have long aspired!) Maybe we could all choose our favourite Agatha Christie, or she might appear on Lampie's book club list one season in the future.

Meanwhile I shall return to my locked train caught in a snowdrift in the Balkans, with a body with multiple stab wounds and M Poirot generally fussing and observant. Time for the little grey cells. What would we do without Belgian detectives! Have a good dayVery HappyVery Happy

Posted at 10th Nov 2017 - 08:27AM   Posted by Fennie   Bookish Lark Comments: 6

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Withy Brook's Avatar Love Agatha Christie! While carrying my daughter, I had to spend nearly 2 months in bed. I did a lot of reading and the books were nearly all AC!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 10th Nov 2017 at 09:02AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone,

Thank you kindly for posting Fennie.

Shall have to seek out the book by Lucy Foley have not heard of this author either. I have free download book blurbs go into my mail box and if I see any book I think I may like I save it to my Apps on iPad where I can read the book whenever . Mind you my reading habit is practically zero at the moment although I may have the time to sit I just can't seem to concentrate at the moment.

Absolutely love Agatha Christie novels her writing is amazing and I so love the era of the period of set scenes. Last time I saw Murder on the Orient Express on TV was with Peter Ustinov in.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Nov 2017 at 10:03AM

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Fennie's Avatar Am with you on all of those Camilla, though I preferred Albert Finney and above all David Suchet.

Don't worry about not concentrating. Life must be very hard with all you have to do and in constant pain as well and I am sure the painkillers won't do anything for your mental powers.

There are audiobooks that might be easier in your present condition.

But yes that was the age of elegance, of good manners and proper conduct - at least for some. Maybe the wheel will come full circle and we shall go back to it all.
Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Nov 2017 at 11:18AM

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Fennie's Avatar Yes, Withy, AC is most excellent bedtime reading. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is my favourite of hers.

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Nov 2017 at 11:19AM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar I'll pop the book on the list for next time,Fennie,

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 10th Nov 2017 at 03:57PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar As said child is now 54, I have forgotten which titles I read-most I should think! Also I have no idea at this distance which was my favourite!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 10th Nov 2017 at 05:34PM

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