Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Yes I know, I’ve been reading a lot of Agatha Christie lately. I know there are millions of books out there that are probably a lot more interesting then detective books, but at the moment I like to immerse myself in the life and adventures of Hercule Poirot.

While the audiobook may be narrated by Hugh Fraser, my beloved captain Hastings does not make an appearance in this novel.  It’s quite a shame because I do love this character very much.

Captain Hastings is the heart and Hercule Poirot is the brain. I do like Hercule Poirot and his methods, but it’s not the same thing if there isn’t a Captain Hastings there along side him. There aren’t anymore teasing from Hercule Poirot addressed to the very romantic Captain Hastings.

Its like a very important part of the novel is missing. And Agatha Christie could introduce many interesting/sweet characters but it will still not be the same without Captain Hastings.

Moving along, Death in the Clouds is a very interesting novel.

It’s interesting not only because of the strange death that happens in an airplane while everyone is pretty much alert (except Hercule Poirot who has stomach problems from the altitude) but interesting from many other points. As many people that actually read my blog may know (are there such people out there?) I love learning about the past and how people lived. Books are in general a good way to find out about the living conditions of old times. And Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors from that point of view because she isn’t one to leave out details.

This is the same reason why I also love the TV series “Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot”.

The story begins with a woman being murdered in a passenger aircraft over the English Channel. None of the other passengers (including Hercule Poirot) in the cabin witnesses the murder. In fact they swear no one came near the victim. Aha! The good old impossible crime!

The plot is excellent; the characters are satisfactory; and Miss Christie’s humor is delightful. This is a “fair play” mystery — all the clues are presented to the reader, and Poirot’s hints are right on the mark. Nevertheless, very few readers will spot the murdered before the final explanation.

And this short resume of the book is pretty much on the spot. The clues are presented, everything seems to point in one direction and then everything stops with the murderer being someone who is supposed to be completely innocent. And yet that person is proven to be the most horrible of them all.

I am starting to think that Agatha Christie likes dramatic endings. This is the third novel that ends with Poirot explaining all his methods and ideas at a dinner party with all the suspects around him, and of course Chief Inspector Japp.

It’s not a bad ending, but one could just go to the last chapters and find out the entire plot in just a few minutes. It’s not actually nice, but at least her books make your brain ponder “Who did it?“.

A new scarf in the making

Come Winter, I am prepared for your coldness.

Or I am going to be prepared. This is my third scarf that I am knitting. Hopefully it will turn out perfect, unlike the other two.

Mini vacation

My sleeping routine is messed up so bad that I cannot sleep anymore. This is something new to me. I never had problems sleeping and there were times when I could sleep for 12 hours straight.

I blame the ongoing change in my routine. I got used working the nights but I also have a lot of things to do during the day. So I am starting to think I need more hours in my days.

Even so, we had a mini vacation recently. It was so awesome on so many levels I could not describe it using just words, so of course I will post and some pictures.

We went to Fetesti to visit Johnny’s cousin and his fiancee. It’s been a long time since we last went to Fetesti and I’m happy to say that things have not changed much.

They still have the cutest rabbits.

Their beds are as comfortable as ever, so I got a well deserved rest. I played with the goats, bunnies, cats, dogs and believe it or not we actually went fishing.

Not me in the picture but the new “addition” to the family. She has more experience fishing than me and Johnny put together.

The last time I went fishing was when I was 12 years old. It was so sweet and fun. I actually caught fish! Yup, I’m a certified fisher-woman now. But as usual the views were my favorite.

I would like more mini vacations like this one. I got some good rest, had fun and I actually used my photo camera.

The A.B.C. Murders – Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie strikes again, and this time its “The A.B.C. Murders“.

Again a book narrated by the very handsome Hugh Fraser. I picked this book purely because of the name. It sounded interesting and exciting, after all good detective books always have a murder. But this title implies many murders.

So of course, I asked myself “If Hercule Poirot is on the job why so many murders?“. So I had to read it. The title implied that monsieur Poirot has found a murdered so smart that he got away with not just one but many murders.

And I was right, there were many murders and not many clues that would suggest the identity of the criminal.

There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place.

Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans…

And as usual, Agatha Christie goes and makes a swift twist of plot at the end of the book and it ends.

I sometimes wonder if criminals that actually commit a murder read detective novels. I know this might sound gruesome but Agatha Christie murders seem so perfect.

It’s no wonder she’s been given the title “The Queen of Crime”.

I bought something for myself

I don’t usually splurge on make-up products. Make-up is not a necessity for me and it will never be.

But I decided that I should have some quality products just for those “special” times when I actually feel the need to “paint” myself. So I went online and browsed around and bought the following:

  • a Kabuki brush
  • Vaseline lipbalm
  • Peach lipbalm
  • and eyeshadow

As I said, I didn’t buy much but just a few basic things. The brush I wanted for a long time. The one that I had for a year now is pretty horrible and it recently started to make me itch whenever I used it. So after reading about different brushes I found one that was cheap considering the good reviews online.

I must say, the brush is really soft and nice.

The Vaseline and Peach lipbalm were not a necessity but I am a lipbalm freak so can you blame me? The eyeshadow, well I am very much a neutral person but the browns and the greens really fit me and those were the exact colors that I didn’t have.

And I believe this is the first time in the history of this blog that I actually posted about make-up. So cheers to that~

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