The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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“Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.”

Aiden is reliving the same day over and over again; the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. At an illustrious party thrown by her parents, Evelyn is killed — again and again. Doomed to repeating this day, Aiden’s only way out is to solve the murder and prevent Evelyn’s death. But within the shadows an enemy lurks, and nothing is what it seems.

“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?” Continue reading “The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

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“Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?”

Five women compose one of two teams taking part in a corporate retreat, which has them setting off into the wilderness to navigate their way to the finish line. One of the women never makes it back, and the slightly different accounts told by her colleagues deepens the mystery of her disappearance. Federal Police Agent, Aaron Falk has a connection to the case and finds himself swept up in the investigation that takes him into an isolated region, which holds many secrets from both past and present.

“Later, the four remaining women could fully agree on only two things. One: No-one saw the bushland swallow up Alice Russell. And two: Alice had a mean streak so sharp it could cut you.” Continue reading “Force of Nature by Jane Harper”

The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Death rarely changes how we feel about someone. Heightens it, more often than not.”

Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown after a long absence. The small Australian town is the last place Falk ever thought he would see again and one he had no intention of ever going back to. However, the death of his childhood friend, Luke and a note demanding his presence at the funeral leads him to return. It was twenty years prior that he and his father fled to Melbourne after a young Aaron Falk was suspected of murder and Luke had acted as his only alibi. As Falk and a local detective begin to look into Luke’s death, the mysteries of the past resurface, and it becomes clear that there is more to it all than initially believed. Continue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper”

Murder on the Orient Express: Does the movie live up to the book?

BLOGWhenever I go see a movie based on a book, it is usually with a mix of excitement and apprehension, especially when I am a big fan of the book. I initially read Murder on the Orient Express many years ago as a kid when I was discovering my love of mystery novels, along with my love of all things Agatha Christie. This particular novel was one of my favourites (it is a classic for a reason), and one that was very memorable. The trailers for the movie were really well done, and I was more than happy to revisit and reread this classic Poirot mystery before seeing it come to life on the big screen. So, does it live up to the book?

Let’s start with the positives. The movie itself looks beautiful and is visually impressive. From the landscapes to the look of the characters, it is quite stunning and has a very grand feel to it. Kenneth Branagh is simply wonderful as the famous detective, Hercule Poirot and his performance is the absolute highlight of the movie. Simply wonderful. Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express: Does the movie live up to the book?”

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

BLOG“When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.”

The appearance of this mysterious figure greatly unsettles the quiet and laid back community of Three Pines. However, there is nothing that can be done except ignore and wait for it to go away. Eventually the figure does disappear, but the relief is short-lived as not too long after, a body is discovered. Months later the murder trial is taking place in Montreal as Gamache struggles with the events he had set in motion. The story flashes back and forth from current day during the trial and the time in which the crime occurred, slowly revealing the truth behind murder and just what is at stake for Gamache himself.

My favourite thing about August has come to be the release of another Inspector Gamache mystery. Louise Penny always manages to deliver a captivating mystery and I am always eager to not only see what the mystery will bring, but also to spend time with the familiar and endearing characters. This is the thirteenth novel in the series and a solid one at that. The mystery is intriguing and it unfolds in an interesting way with the way it jumps from present day to the events of the past, although it does take a little while to get into the flow of the storytelling. The main drawback of the novel I found was that it does come across as rather repetitive at times and could have been edited down in certain places. Overall it is a solid and enjoyable novel that has all the components that fans of the series will appreciate. If you have not read any previous novels in the series, I would recommend starting with the first one, Still Life, which is a great book and an excellent introduction. Highly recommended for fans of the mystery genre.

*ARC provided by NetGalley. Publication date: August 29, 2017.