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Agatha Christie – The Murder at the Vicarage| Review

Title: The Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 192

Rating: 4/5

I was automatically a little bit biased in favour towards this one because it’s a Miss Marple book and I’ve always preferred Marple over Poirot. In fact, I think it’s the only Marple book that I’d never read, although I couldn’t swear to that, and indeed I thought I’d already read them all. Because of that, it was like going back to meet up with an old friend.

But on top of that, it’s just a cracking little murder mystery with a lot to offer the reader. In particular, I loved the vicarage as the setting, and I loved Jane Marple being a badass and poking her nose into places where she risked it being chopped off. It’s what she’s best at, and it was delightfully entertaining here.

So would I recommend it? Yeah, for sure, even if you just happen to spot a copy of it going spare in a second hand shop. If you want to, feel free to track it down, ‘cause it’s worth it.

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Edward Lorn – Life After Dane | Review

Title: Life After Dane

Author: Edward Lorn

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 268

Rating: 4.5/5

I’m probably quite biased here because this book was written by a BookTube friend and because my name’s in the title, so I guess it would almost be weird if I didn’t like it. I was also given a copy as a gift from someone who’d seen my wish list. But it also has a lot of the themes that I like, and the story line itself is cracking, a sort of paranormal thriller following the weird stuff that our narrator starts to experience after her son, the Truck Stop Dentist serial killer Dane Peters, is put to death by lethal injection.

This was very, very good for an indie book, although I don’t like the cover much. But covers don’t matter, and I was impressed by everything from the quality of the writing to the interior layout. I was also a big fan of the way that Lorn told the story using Dane’s mother as a mouthpiece. She’s perhaps the only person in the world who knows why he turned out like he did.

And then there are the religious themes, as well as the recurring motif of the hymn Amazing Grace. It’s funny because while I’m not religious myself, I’ve always found it interesting to read about religion in fiction. I’ve even dabbled with writing about it myself. The bottom line is that I’d recommend this if you’re interested in thrillers in general, but especially if you’re keen to support indie authors in a difficult marketplace.

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