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Cards on the Table

It’s always the one you least suspect! Or is it? I went through reading this novel thinking “Oh my God! For the first time ever in a Poirot series, I know who the killer is!” Sadly I was wrong again. Just when you think you know what’s going on, Christie turns around and makes the killer the obvious choice. It’s weird. From the first chapter, you know that all of the non-detective guests have all gotten away with some sort of murder. Now the task is to figure out who felt so threatened at this party that they would risk their position, livelihood and reputation by killing their eccentric host.
It’s funny. As a former English lit major, you’re so used to watching out for foreshadowing that usually you can figure out what will happen in a book (and especially in movies) before the story ends. For some reason, I just can’t solve these mysteries. It’s soooooooo frustrating! AAARRRRRG!

Anyway, I won’t say too much more about this book because I don’t want to spoil it for its future readers. So, now I’ve moved on to my next Poirot adventure Cat Among the Pigeons . It’s set at an all girls private school. I’m not very far into it so there haven’t been any murders yet.

On top of that I’m still working my way through Sarah Dunant’s The Birth of Venus. I read her other novel In the Company of the Courtesan earlier this year and found I really enjoyed the way she wrote. So when I came upon a hardcover copy of Venus for 5 dollars, well, what kind of person would I be if I had left that poor little book just lying there in the bin with all of the other reduced books? My husband tends to make fun of me for buying so many books. But really, I consider myself a rescuer of books. If no one buys them they don’t fulfill their destiny. So really, I’m doing them a favor. They get to come to my nice warm house and stay on my bookshelves with all the other books. Instead of rotting away in a bin somewhere.
WOW. That was a really long digression. Anyway, I’m about 50 pages in to The Birth of Venus and so far it’s pretty good. It hasn’t grabbed a hold of my attention as much as Courtesan but, to be fair I haven’t really given it much of a chance yet. We’ll see how it goes.

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Trying it again

Ok. So I’m going to give this another shot. I really love reading all of the blogs out there and I keep meaning to get back into it but I’ve just been so busy.

I can already hear it now. Melissa, what’s been keeping you so busy? Well, in the last 8 months, I’ve been working at my new job, attended 4 weddings (one of which I stood in) got married myself (so it’s been busy with all of the planning) went on a honeymoon to Paris, and then began teaching full time again in September. It’s not a full time contract position, I’m just filling in for a woman on maternity leave until June. So, technically it’s full time but not officially.

But…that’s no excuse. I’m currently 5 books away from fulfilling my New Year’s resolution (52 books this year). Book number 48: Agatha Christie’s Cards on the Table . I’m about 100 pages into it. Hercule Poirot and three other detectives attend a gathering hosted by an eccentric collector. Four other guests are also invited and following some rousing games of bridge, it’s discovered that their host has been murdered. Now the detectives, including mystery writer Ariadne Oliver (who I’m pretty sure Christie modeled after herself), are on a quest to find out which one of the four people there is the murderer. So far, so good.

So, I’m going to do my best to keep up to date. I really do enjoy writing. I just seem to keep finding excuses not to. I really don’t know what I’m afraid of. It’s not like anybody I really know is reading this, because they don’t know it exists. It’s just not a part of my life that I want my friends and family to know about. It’s kind of exciting to me to keep this a secret. Anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to keep this promise. We’ll see.

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