Tag: Plots

Agatha Christie – N Or M? | Review

Title: N Or M?

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 304

Rating 3.25/5



This book is one of Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence books, and while I’m a reasonably big fan of those books compared to the average Agatha Christie reader, I couldn’t help feeling just a little bit disappointed by this one. I think that’s because it had so much promise, dealing as it did with espionage during the Second World War. In particular, it dealt with the idea of The Fifth Column, German agents who were living in the UK in a sort of Trojan Horse type situation.

And the story itself was interesting enough, neither better than nor worse than the majority of the plots that I’ve seen from Christie and pretty unique because of the fact that it’s more of an espionage thriller than it is a cozy mystery, although the reality is that it has elements of both. I think that’s what made it worth reading for me, although the story itself was just fine and it was of course very well written, being a Christie book.

Other than that, I’m not sure what else there is that I can say about this one, because even just a couple of hours after finishing it, not much of it remains with me. The only thing that I will say is that I quite often find that Christie’s books either have excellent characters or an excellent setting, but rarely both. In this one, it’s mostly the characters that stand out, and indeed there were points at which I sort of zoned out of what was happening and couldn’t remember whereabouts we actually were.

Overall, it’s a decent enough little book and pretty typical for Agatha Christie. And that’s one more ticked off.



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Charles Heathcote – Indisputably Doris | Review

Title: Indisputably Doris

Author: Charles Heathcote

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 256

Rating: 4.5/5


Charles Heathcote - Indisputably Doris

Charles Heathcote – Indisputably Doris


This is the second book in Heathcote’s Doris series, and I loved this one just as much as I loved the last one, if not more so. Here, septuagenarian Doris Copeland faces competition at the local Women’s Institute and her long-suffering husband ‘arold has to support her as she gets into all sorts of unfortunate situations.

Indisputably Doris builds on the previous book but could also be read as a standalone, although I’d recommend reading both books anyway and so you might as well read them in order. The plots of the books might not sound particularly interesting at first glance, but they’re interesting to our Doris and that’s all you need. The joy of these books comes from watching how she tries to get her way through the cynical eyes of our ‘arold.

Charlie has a great sense of humour, and he uses it like some sort of evil villain with a superpower here. The result is a book that I didn’t want to end and which did a great job of keeping my spirits high when life was stressing me out. There’s just something comforting about these books, and that’s probably the way that Heathcote is inspired by old comedies like Keeping Up Appearances. It’s feel-good, laugh out loud funny and just a pleasure to read. I definitely recommend this one, especially if you want to support an indie author. Great work, Mr. Heathcote.


Charles Heathcote

Charles Heathcote


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