Top Crime Series or Mini-Series I’ve Enjoyed

I’m sure you guys are curious about some of the TV series I’ve enjoyed in the past. I don’t mind sharing it with you either. I did a short post on this in 2010 and have since expanded the list. Television has come a long way. Some of the best work is now seen on the small screen and with Hollywood actors diving in for parts. Anyway here is my list of some of the most memorable and critically acclaimed crime shows along with a few thoughts on The Honourable Woman. Continue reading

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie ranks third in bestelling books after Shakespeare and the Bible

Agatha Christie is the most translated author


Today is Agatha Christie’s birthday! according to my RSS feed at least. I’ve only read one book by her - 4:50 to Paddington (Miss Marple) and enjoyed it! I want to read more so I propose a question to Agatha Christie fans: which three books should readers not miss? She has a huge backlist so narrow it down for us newbies.

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Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

Madam, Will You Talk? Coronet Books, 1975 Edition, paperback, 191 pages

Madam, Will You Talk? Coronet Books, 1975 Edition, paperback, 191 pages

I’ve been a fan of British author, Mary Stewart (1916 to 2014) since reading and enjoying Airs Above the Ground (1965) and Nine Coaches Waiting (1958). She was a critically acclaimed writer of gothic romances during the 1950’s and she helped pioneer the genre along with writers Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Her stories usually followed a formula where the hero is cloaked in mystery and the heroine unexpectedly finds herself involved in danger. What appealed to readers about her books is that she wrote heroines who could hold their own in dangerous situations.

Mary Stewart is probably better known for her Merlin Trilogy. The title, Madam Will You Talk? comes from a folk song where the author quoted parts of it in her book.

Madam, Will You Talk? was her first novel and it was published in 1954.  Wealthy widow, Charity Selborne, finds danger, adventure and love in the South of France.

The whole affair began so very quietly. When I wrote, that summer, and asked my friend Louise if she would come with me on a car trip to Provence, I had no idea that I might be issuing an invitation to danger.

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Books With Some Staying Power

Do any of the books you’re reading today have any staying power? What I mean by today is books published within the last decade. Would anybody read them again in 50 years? What makes a book good enough to be read by a different generation of readers? Who are the writers in crime fiction today making their mark and will be remembered 50 to 100 years from now? Will we still be reading books by then? Continue reading

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