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Agatha Christie – Ordeal by Innocence | Review

Title: Ordeal by Innocence

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 224

Rating: 3.5/5

This one was okay, but it was a little bit of a letdown after reading and enjoying Parker Pyne Investigates. Christie is at her best when she’s writing short stories, at least in my opinion, and when she writes novels she’s best when she’s writing about Marple or Poirot. This one had none of the features that make something a standout Agatha Christie novel, at least for me, but then it’s still an Agatha Christie novel and so there’s still plenty to love.

I don’t think it’s the best that she has to offer and I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are new to her work, purely because I think she can do so much better. But it is still a pretty cool book and decent enough for my default rating, and certainly not the worst that she’s written. It’s just nowhere near the best, and in fact I’d say it’s easily in the lower half.

For me, it was worth reading it, but only because I’m a completionist. It’s definitely not the right book for everyone, and even as a Christie fan, I thought the mystery was just okay and the characters were forgettable. So take that as you will, I guess.

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Good Housekeeping – Step-by-Step Vegetarian Cookbook | Review

Title: Step-by-Step Vegetarian Cookbook

Author: Good Housekeeping

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 305

Rating 2/5



The low rating on this one is partly my own fault because I’m a vegan and not a vegetarian. Still, I saw this at a car boot sale going for peanuts, so I thought I’d pick it up anyway in the hope that I could veganise most of the recipes.

I didn’t end up doing that, but not because it wasn’t possible. It was more that there were very few recipes inside this book that actually took my fancy, and I think there were only a dozen or so that I ended up trying from the hundreds that were included here. Even fewer actually made their way into regular rotation in my recipe collection.

Part of that was down to the pictures, which weren’t particularly appealing, and part of it was down to the recipes, which kind of veered between too much hassle and overly simple. A lot of them just didn’t appeal to me as well, including a whole section on soups. I tried a few of them, but I pretty quickly got bored and realised that the soup recipes just weren’t going to be for me.

Ultimately, this book is better as a display book than as an actual reference book, and if you’re looking to cook something nice for a vegan or a vegetarian, you’re better off just Googling it and following a recipe that you find online, especially if you can get a video recipe. Otherwise, there’s not much point picking this up unless you can get it super cheap, like I did. It’s just okay for what it is, and maybe not even that. Go ahead and make of that what you will – and bon appetite, my friends.



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