Wednesday 23 December 2009

ACRC Carnival #12

Well, here we are at the last edition of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Monthly Blog Carnival for 2009 - December 23.

Many thanks to those who contributed links to the Carnival.

Do visit the participating blogs and leave comments if you have read the books.

Spread the word too about the existence of this blog and the monthly opportunity it offers to showcase reviews about Agatha Christie books.

If you'd like to be part of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, it is never too late to start. Check out the other postings on this blog and my main Agatha Christie Reading Challenge postings which will lead you to the lists of titles etc. You can now join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge too, so just click on the link and sign up.

Read at your own pace, write a review on your blog, go to the Carnival collecting space and put in the URL, your details, and a comment about the post.

11 Contributors

In the News & Headlines


KerrieS found a review of DAME AGATHA'S SHORTS posted at Elena St Angelo
"This book deals exclusively with Agatha Christie's short stories. Read an excerpt online."

Danielle Rush presents Top Ten Favorite AGATHA CHRISTIE Movies posted at The Rush Blog, saying, "This is a list of my top ten (10) favorite novels written by Agatha Christie."

KerrieS discovered Aging-related Changes in Agatha Christie's Vocabulary posted at Neatorama, saying, "In a recently-presented scientific paper, Ian Lancashire and Graeme Hirst from the University of Toronto’s Department of English and Department of Computer Science demonstrate changes in the vocabulary used in Agatha Christie’s later novels."

Rebecca Glenn presents AND THEN THERE WERE NONE posted at The Book Frog, saying, "My first Christie!"

Margot presents THE SEVEN DIALS MYSTERY posted at Joyfully Retired saying, "This novel was different from the previous nine. It was lighter in tone and, at times, cheerful. It was still a mystery but it had some romance and some playfulness on the part of the young people trying to solve the case."

Hercule Poirot

Nan reviewed HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS, on Letters from a Hill Farm saying "each time I begin an Agatha Christie I am surprised at the depth of human emotions she portrays, and how she doesn't shy away from complex individuals and situations."

BooksPlease also reviewed HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS on BooksPlease, saying, "Families don't always get on at Christmas, but this is an extreme case - not a Happy Christmas."

Margot Kinberg reviews HICKORY, DICKORY, DEATH posted at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist....The novel begins with an almost unimaginable event: Miss Lemon, Poirot’s frighteningly efficient secretary, has made three typing mistakes in a letter she’s written.

KerrieS discovered a review of THE MURDER ON THE LINKS on Book Reader Forums, saying, "Nellie says "My Agatha Christie challenge continues and we are back on familiar territory here, with Poirot and Hastings teaming up once again to solve a murder.""

Dorte H also reviews HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS on DJs krimiblog: Old Simeon Lee, the millionaire, invites all his children, even the prodigal son and the unknown granddaughter, to spend Christmas with him. Is he turning into a kind and soft grandfather, or does the old man have other motives for gathering his family around him?

Sarah M. reviews CARDS ON THE TABLE posted on A library is a hospital for the mind...: An enjoyable evening of bridge turns into a murder investigation when the flamboyant host Mr. Shaitana is found dead. Can the four invited investigators -- Hercule Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race and Ariadne Oliver -- discover which of the other four guests is the killer?

unfinishedperson reviewed Poirot Loses A Client on Just A (Reading) Fool, saying, "Even though Poirot could have just let this one go, because the client was already dead and it was not clear if a murder had been committed at first, Poirot, being Poirot, cannot let it go."

Rebecca Glenn reviewed MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA at The Book Frog, saying, "Poirot in the Orient."

Miss Marple

Elizabeth reviewed A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED at Miss Lemon's Mysteries, saying, "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends, please accept this, the only intimation...."

Tommy and Tuppence

KerrieS reviewed PARTNERS IN CRIME at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "The fifteen stories contain parodies of fictional detectives who were well-known to readers of the 1920s. In each story Tommy and Tuppence assume the mannerisms and methods of a different detective or detective team, including Sherlock Holmes."

Running Updates

From unfinishedperson comes What I've Read So Far For The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge at Just A (Reading) Fool, saying, "A look back at my year in reading Agatha Christie."

On MYSTERIES in PARADISE KerrieS presents ACRC Update - 22 December 2009 , saying, "Kerrie's current update - 15 novels and 5 short story collections. Still a long way to go!" and ACRC: Short Stories, Update #5 saying "My latest short story count is 58!"

Would you like to display a counter similar to the one below on your ACRC Update page? Go to the NaNoWriMo Word Meter book page, enter the number of books you've read in Current Word Count, 87 in the Word Goal, choose the colour you'd like your bar to be, and then Calculate. Copy the code provided into your blog (html page) but change "words" in the last line of the code to "books".

20 / 87 books. 23% done!

Participants in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge are encouraged to submit their update posts for future Blog carnivals.

That concludes this edition.
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