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Old 20th July 2017, 14:51   #1156
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Reading "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan. Almost halfway through.

Exceptional work. Is quite successful in presenting both sides of the Israel-Palestine story.

Also continuing with Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction" and completed "Of Human Bondage" by Maugham. The latter turned to hog a leading position in my list of best books.
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Old 23rd July 2017, 10:35   #1157
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......and completed "Of Human Bondage" by Maugham. The latter turned to hog a leading position in my list of best books.
Yes, Piyadassi, 'Of human Bondage' is right up there with the best in my private hall of fame! If you like Maugham's work you may have read his "Ashenden" series, based on his own experiences as a British secret agent during WWI.
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Read Keigo Higashino's 'Salvation of a Saint' book last week. It was praised by many as in the same class of Agatha Christie's cerebral, celebrated 'Whodunnits'. Unfortunately, the plot never thickened and the plot itself was diaphanous.

What could have been a better short story was stretched to a novel size. My hunt for a contemporary whodunnit in the same league as Agatha Christie continues.
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. My hunt for a contemporary whodunnit in the same league as Agatha Christie continues.

Nothing beats The Murder of Roger Ackroyd when it comes to whodunnits.

Please do list down the ones that you've read and enjoyed. Would love to pick one of those. Thanks
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Nothing beats The Murder of Roger Ackroyd when it comes to whodunnits.

Please do list down the ones that you've read and enjoyed. Would love to pick one of those. Thanks
Thank you Eddy Sir. Yes. The murder of Roger Ackroyd was her most famous fiendishly clever whodunnits. But there are other equally well crafted diabolical plots from her repertoire : - Murder on the Nile, And then there were none (10 Little Indians), Murder is Easy, Mirror Crack'd, The ABC Murders and so on.

I have read all her work. In my humble view, she is the most celebrated author of this genre. Her short stories are little gems of mysteries.

There are other lesser known authors who essayed whodunnits ( most of the ones I read are from last century): The Greek Coffin Mystery from Ellery Queen and the short stories - Brown Series from G.K.Chesterton.

I could just quote from what came to mind at a short notice.

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Reading Doug DeMuro's 'Plays with Cars' which is his collection of car reviews and experiences. He has a way with words and pretty funny. Don't expect serious reviews as it's mostly funny and covers older and unique cars.

If you don't know him, he has a popular Youtube channel for car reviews and in general on cars. He was previously a writer for couple of auto websites as well.

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In my humble view, she is the most celebrated author of this genre. Her short stories are little gems of mysteries.
Most emphatically agree, big Agatha Christie fan here!

My favourites (apart from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) are Murder on the Orient Express, 4:50 from Paddington and Why didn't they ask Evans?

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Most emphatically agree, big Agatha Christie fan here!

My favourites (apart from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) are Murder on the Orient Express, 4:50 from Paddington and Why didn't they ask Evans?

Cheers,
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Glad to meet another Agatha Christie fan here. I have collected some short movies from the BBC on Agatha Christie. David Suchet fits the role of the 'immortal' Hercule Poirot in those series.

Do you notice one thing when reading her work ? It is quite a bit of cerebral workout to guess the culprit. One sure thing is - even after reading so many of her books, the 'who' can still be baffling. Some of critics crib that her characters are not fleshed deeply. I completely disagree.
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If you like Maugham's work you may have read his "Ashenden" series, based on his own experiences as a British secret agent during WWI.
Will surely do. Thanks.

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Glad to meet another Agatha Christie fan here.
And her first novel, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles was based on a murder committed in Hotel Savoy in Mussourie.

Agatha Christie and her India connection.
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Ummm, the author tried hard to do a Dan Brown here....
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I have a very bad track records with these Dan Brown wannabes....
I'm not a frequent visitor to the thread & so must ask to be excused for the late rejoinder here! It is probably no longer a secret that Dan Brown himself turned wannabe with his first book (The Da Vinci Code), which is a fictional take off on "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, which, predictably, was a bestseller when published.

This book was a nice bit of imaginative, investigative reporting by three journalists/reporters - purportedly tracing the blood-line of Jesus & Mary Magdalene right down to the present day conspiracy theory involving the secret society "The Priory of Sion". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ho...the_Holy_Grail)

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My July reads:

To Sir, with Love - E.R. Braithwaite
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
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What I recently got and have got myself 3/4th of the way in reading it.

From Burma to Japan with Azad Hind by Ramesh S Benegal
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