Quick Lit: Recent Fiction Reads

Playing catch-up with reviews:

The Big FourBig Four: A Hercule Poirot MysteryBig Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
Probably my least favorite Poirot so far – it was laughably ridiculous with the plot devices (Super villains! A secret lair! Poirot cheating death at every turn!). Read it only if you are insistent on reading all of Christie’s work, but otherwise skip it in favor of some of her other books.

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Speaking from Among the BonesSpeaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce NovelSpeaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley

I still love Flavia, and still adore the audio versions of these books. Don’t start with this one though – begin with the first in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. If you are at all a fan of mystery books, give Flavia a try.

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An Incomplete RevengeAn Incomplete RevengeAn Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Book 5) by Jacqueline Winspear by Jacqueline Winspear

It took me FOREVER to get through this one, and I’m not sure why. I like the Maisie Dobbs series, but this one was not as compelling for me. I’m still looking forward to continuing on with the series however, as I do love Maisie’s character.

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A Curious BeginningA Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell MysteryA Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery by Deanna Raybourn by Deanna Raybourn

Fun elements to it, but not to the “you’ve got to read this book!” level. I may look for the second in the series when it’s published next year, because I am curious about where she goes with the characters, but it’s not a super high priority.

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GodmotherGodmother: The Secret Cinderella StoryGodmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon by Carolyn Turgeon

I don’t even know how to write about this one without giving spoilers galore. It’s a sort-of retelling of the Cinderella story, so if you like re-imagined fairy tales you may want to give this a try. This one is definitely darker, tilting away from the Disney side of the fairy tales spectrum towards the original, Brothers Grimm version side. It’s likely to stick with you though – I’m still thinking about it.

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  1. I was trying to remember who had recommended the Flavia de Luce series! I read the first two just before Thanksgiving and enjoyed them. They’re great “transition books” between heavier novels.

  2. I heart Flavia de Luce! Such a good series. Really would like to try the Maisie Dobbs books too

  3. I think I have Curious Beginning on Netgalley still…I should probably read that 😉

  4. Ah, I wonder if I could give Godmother as a Christmas present. My sister-in-law likes Once Upon a Time, etc. Would this be a good one? I thought about giving her Cinder, too.


  1. […] I *like* Christie. I have really enjoyed other books of hers, but this one? So strange, so filled with ridiculousness. If this had been the first one of hers I’d ever read, I don’t know that I’d have ever given her another chance. And what I said in the intro to the post about books on this list not necessarily being bad? Yeah, doesn’t apply to this one. I think it was a bad book, not simply a misfit for me. (Read my original post about The Big Four) […]

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