At Christmas we read murder-mystery books!


0:00 Intro
0:29 Why are crime novels cozy?
5:43 Some recommendations
9:06 The Three Dahlias REVIEW

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  1. I picked up The Three Dahlias a few months ago when Katie at Books and Things recommended it. Now you've convinced me I need to figure out a way to squeeze it in before the end of the year (or soon after). And I'm so happy to hear you say you loved The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle because I've got that one as well–people seem to be on the fence about it. How cool you got a quote! Can you share the game names again?

  2. So nice to see Stuart Turton's books recommended for a change. I wholeheartedly agree that his novels are uniquely original. I cannot wait for the new release. Have you ever read Night Film by Marisha Pessl? I know it's an older book, but if you love Turton, I think you'd quite like it. Put The Three Dahlias on the tbr; you make it sound delicious.

  3. Great video again 👍! It’s really quality time to watch and listen to you 😊. My fav’s AC novel is also « the crooked house » for years. Recently I discovered « the gilded gotham mysteries » series by Kate Belli, just read 3 of them. It is set in Gilded age NYC, enjoyable in this season even if the plots take place in summer 😂! What I especially like here are the elements of history, social conditions that the author depicts in her stories. I will definitely read Stuart Turton « the 7 1/2… » and the next one as I enjoyed « the devil… » a lot. That makes me think I surely found it in one of your videos !! Joyeux Noel! 🎄

  4. I loved The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict last year. I am excited to read the follow up this year on Christmas break.

    I think my favourite Agatha Christie so far is And Then There Were None. I had read the big ones, but have decided to do a chronological read of her canon. Just 5 in so far 🙂

  5. Reading murder mysteries at Christmas is a tradition in my family. I have so many favourite Christie's, but I always love rereading Tommy and Tuppence books, especially By the Pricking of My Thumbs. It is so interesting to see how the characters age as the books go along. That sweater! So funny.

  6. I haven't read any Agatha Christie yet but I think you've sold Crooked House as the one I should start with. I might finally get round to one of the honkaku books I've already picked up over the festive period but I'm not sure which one yet

  7. I'm only getting book recommendations from this channel. If you can please start a book club, it'll be quite benefiicial for us. Wishing you a cosy holiday season and happy new year. I'll be waiting for the next video!

  8. My favorite Christie is Crooked House. I just finished The Stranger, which is an early stage adaptation of one of her short stories. It's been awhile since I read the story (sorry, the title escapes me at the moment), but I'm pretty sure I liked the original better. I seem to recall it being a little twistier, but sometimes that's easier on the page than on the stage.

    Today I also started The Bullet That Missed and am thoroughly enjoying it. And when I get home Friday, I have The Housemaid waiting for me along with some chocolate for Jólabókaflod.

  9. Not related but have you read The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner by James Hogg? I just finished it and because you like gothic literature i wondered if you also liked it.

  10. Katie Watson sounds like she was inspired by Frances Glessner Lee, a foremother of forensic sicence with her nutshell doll house murders. Of Dolls and Murder is the documentary on her and how we still use her techniques to this day. I love this documentary and will now be getting this book.

  11. I’ve been reading Agatha Christie since the late 1970’s and I adore her. I read, reread, listen to the audiobooks, and then read again. The main problem with being an Agatha Christie fan is that she kind of ruins most other mystery writers for you. She’s so brilliant and she makes it look effortless. I have so many favorites. I also love Crooked House. And Then There Were None is brilliant and possibly my top pick. I love, love, love the Poirot mysteries with Ariadne Oliver-a hilarious self-insert of Christie herself. Right now, I’m reading Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. I have read most of the Poirot books and all but one of Miss Marple. You’d think that by now I’d have read them all, but I like the thought of still having “new” Christie to discover. The real question is, “Will I ever read Curtain, Poirot’s last case?” Maybe one day.

    These books are definitely comfort reads for me and they’ve given me great pleasure for literally all of my adult life.

  12. My favorite AC is Sparkling Cyanide. I liked your explanation of the difference between crime and thriller. I hear so many people who don't like police procedurals (or their detective equivalents). I think that this is likely about impatience for the puzzle without being given the adrenaline of the threat in thrillers. Although, as we know, police can see action and often do, readers that move from YA into adult titles may not have developed the patience for puzzles – as YA is written for an audience that hasn't yet finished developing their skills of focus. It does take practice. You'll likely find something boring if you've learned to find satisfaction in it yet.

  13. Love the vid! As a kid I read Christie and a bunch of cozy mystery series, my favourite of which was The Cat Who books by Lillian Jackson Braun (small town journalist solves crime with the help of his two Siamese cats). I don’t read much mystery as an adult because I ended up working in law enforcement, which in some ways ruined my ability to suspend disbelief in this genre. But I do really enjoy the odd book with a meta element – Benjamin Stevenson’s Everybody in My Family Has Killed Someone was a really fun read this year, and I’m really looking forward to its sequel next year, Everyone on this Train is a Suspect. I have now added The Three Dahlias to my TBR!

    My favourite Agatha Christie is still And Then There Were None 😊


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