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Book Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 288
Publication Year: 1926

After And Then There Were None, I really doubted if any other book was going to meet my high expectations. However, I still wanted to give other books of Agatha Christie a try and so I picked up The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I have tried my level best to write this book review without doing any more comparison with the former one.

As such, Agatha Christie has never disappointed me and Hercule Poirot was my favorite detective at one point in time. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is yet another gem of a piece for all to read. Set in the right pace with the suspense music at the right turns (oh yes, I imagine the scenes in my head as if those were rolling on big screen and it’s fantastic), the reader is flabbergasted to find out the murderer. The book has many characters where any one can be the murderer or the blackmailer? Are both same? Or different? And is it a coincidence that the timing somehow matches? And I think I will read this again in future to find out if the clues were all along and really so easy that Mr. Poirot could solve or is he literally a genius. Now shhh. No more spoilers from my end!

To get to know the mystery and human psyche in this suspense thriller, grab your copy today and get the time rolling.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study–but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow’s blackmailer. King’s Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd’s wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim’s home. It’s now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King’s Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd–a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard’s ingenious sister, Caroline.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the book that made Agatha Christie a household name and launched her career as a perennial bestseller. Originally published in 1926, it is a landmark in the mystery genre. It was in the vanguard of a new class of popular detective fiction that ushered in the modern era of mystery novels.

About the author:
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature – Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple – and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande.

Twitter: @agathachristie
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 9/10
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Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 264
Publication Year: 1939

I used to wonder why it was that I still remembered the Bollywood movie Gumnaam even though it is more than a decade since I last watched it. In the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, I finally found the answer. And it’s not that I haven’t watched any thrillers – Bollywood, Hollywood etc since then, or I haven’t read any books. Funnily though, I don’t even remember the movie story.

But this book simply blew me awake. What is a perfect murder and that too of a serial kind when no one can figure out the mode it was carried out. And brilliantly, it’s revealed in the end by a letter sent to the Investigation Department by none other than the murderer. I have been a fan of Agatha Christie books during my school days which I continued to be for initial couple of years in college and even though I had not completed reading all books of hers, I moved on to other authors. I still wonder how I missed reading this book, probably I can curse the internet for not being so readily available that point in time.

Brilliant. Intelligent. Masterpiece. No other words. I can keep on examining each and every page and design of the murder, but I am doubtful that I might give something away. So please please please do pick this book and start it off right away.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

About the author:
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande.

Twitter: @agathachristie
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 10/10

Book Review: Kalayug by Anurag Tripathi

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Kalayug by Anurag Tripathi

Genre: Crime Thriller
Book Name: Kalayug
Author: Anurag Tripathi
Pages: 268
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Rupa Publications

Who is the hunter? And who exactly is the hunted? This book Kalayug by Anurag Tripathi seeks to track when exactly the hunter becomes the hunted.

The novel captures the essence of the genre very well by rhyming into the current psyche of Indian readers (most made famous by Ravi Subramanian). Here, by genre, I am referring to the fiction on the banking industry. The story is based on the art industry, where interestingly the investment banker (IB) is able to find the loophole of unregulated industry, just like the refinancing of mortgage industry, which in the end collapsed because of too much greed.

The cover pic of the book will entice you to pick it up – glitter glossy starry world, more unbecoming in the darkness of night where the real traits of the person comes to the fore. With the book detailing on history, nuances and close knit circle of the art industry, you just cannot say no to this one!

And it’s one thriller which ended on an unexpected note, unlike the typical Indian fiction novels. So buckle up your belts and get ready to embark on an interesting art + IB journey.

Book blurb:
When Jay Malhotra sets out on an adventure to manipulate the unregulated art market of the Navaratnas, he unknowingly sets into motion a chain of events that have the potential to destroy the very foundation of the art industry in India.

Set against the backdrop of the transformation of the art society in India into an industry, Kalayug follows the struggles and exploits of Jay Malhotra as he navigates through the mercurial world of art, dominated by its nexus of powerful dealers, experts and gallery owners. With a 360 -degree overview of this now-booming industry, Kalayug is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you asking for more.

About the author:
Anurag Tripathi is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business with a course in Advanced Creative Writing from The University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education. An erstwhile investment banker, his deal-making pursuits and entrepreneurial ventures have given him key insights into the working of corporate business houses. He lives in Paris along with his wife. Both are avid divers, who like travelling and exploring the world lesser known.

Twitter: @Authoranuragtri
Website: www.anuragtripathi.in

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Dead Money Run by J. Frank James

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Dead Money Run by J. Frank James

Genre: Crime Fiction
Book Name: Dead Money Run
Series: Lou Malloy Crime Series, #1
Author: J. Frank James
Pages: 278
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: London Wall

Dead Money Run reminded me of those days when as a kid I discovered Nancy Drew, then later Agatha Christie and then Sherlock Holmes. This book reminded me of the pleasure it feels when you have got your hands on a series book; you get hooked to such extent that you do not need to look any further to discover yet another book and keep on waiting for the next.

However. the cover pic could have been better designed, since it was one of the most off-putting factors due to which I delayed reading this book.

Mr. James has cast a winner here with character Lou, who does not bat an eyelid before killing someone whom he thinks harmed his closed ones or could bring potential harm to him or his closed ones. Fast paced, action packed, thriller on the run and romance in between with short punctuated chapters, the story progresses in the perfect manner. With the new characters being introduced one after the next, the main leads never lose out on the pointedness. Excellent writing!

Hey, but the story is yet incomplete. Eagerly waiting to find out what happen’s next in the sequel – “Only Two Cats”.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Lou Malloy meets a young and beautiful PI, Hilary Kelly, and together they fight to keep their freedom and $15 million in Mob money as Malloy and Kelly race to protect what he earned the hard way and find the people responsible for his sister’s death.

About the author:
J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His crime fiction books are gripping and suspenseful with readers being unable to put them down once they get into them. Jim has a passion for writing, and he certainly has the knowledge and experience to write realistic crime thriller novels, thanks to his extensive background in law. At present, Jim has published four crime thriller novels.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jfrankjamesbooks
Email: frankjamesone@yahoo.com

Rating: 9/10

Book Journey: Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger

Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction
Book Name: Kill the Messenger
Author: Tami Hoag
Pages: 528
Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Bantam Books

Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag is a fast-paced story gripping you into its many characters – the messenger boy, the detective, the victim (murdered), the victim (attacked) and the killer (question mark). The messenger boy trying hard to get to the bottom of things of why he is wanted as a suspect for a murder, why the goons are chasing him and who can be the main culprit. The plot thickens, and the various characters and stories cross each other’s path. And there’s not going to be a single moment where you will want to keep the book aside to take a break.

A suspense thriller and a riveting one at that, marvelously written with all the kicks of a roller coaster ride, and you can’t guess what can be the trigger for the kill in the first place. The tension of the drama juxtaposed with innocence of a few characters will keep you agape at the end of the tale.

Score: 8/10

Book Journey: Hot Money

hot money

Genre: Mystery, Crime Thriller
Book Name: Hot Money
Author: Dick Francis
Pages: 423
Publication Year: 1987
Publisher: Fawcett Crest

What can be considered a better motive for murder? Money? Lots and lots? Or simply, a need? A need to get love? A frustration when you don’t get that from the one you love the most? OK. Let me not put spoilers here for this book “Hot Money” by Dick Francis.

A second-hand book bought for the sake of time pass during a travel emerged into something I couldn’t lay off for a minute before it ended. The story of a filthy rich guy with five marriages and lots of kids, each one with a side story of their own. The jealousy. The hatred. The passion. The love. And you have everything that you could want from a light reading book, a fiction one. Add to it, the horse racing part, which the author undoubtedly is very familiar with and so, it feels real, the adventure part, the excitement.

A gripping story from start to finish and a suspense thriller at that, when as the story progresses, you simply want to figure out with the facts laid out in front of you and try to guess. Who can be the killer? Will the multi-billionaire be finally able to survive? Or is he just going to succumb to the demands of his family and give away all his money?

So, can this be another movie under wraps? Who knows!

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