Friday, 21 June 2013

Elephants Can Remember - Book Review

I always have been a fan of Agatha Christie, possibly because my mum read her books and so I was introduced to them at an early age.

Also I think it has something to do with the love of logic and solving puzzles that I have always had and maybe it is all linked with my love of mathematics.

Anyway I read "Elephants Can Remember" last week and here is my review of it.

Not my most favourite of her books at all which could be due to the fact that there is so much of Ariadne Oliver in it and so little of Hercule Poirot.  I much prefer the books where he is very active or at least is directing the gathering of evidence in a structured manner whereas in this one Mrs Oliver gets more freedom in how she gets information, who she gets it from and also what she tells him (this part actually being a lot of repeated bits of the same info).

I have to wonder too if this book was just not so well written as her many others because it was one of the later ones.  Within the chapters I found a few discrepancies but this did not really spoil the enjoyment of a Christie story.  People who enjoy the room full of suspects at the end however will be disappointed as this story did not have many people to pin the crime on.

I had not remembered the book from having read it years ago (so I mustn't be an elephant) but then again I wonder if I guessed the solution so quickly and thought there couldn't possibly be any other solution because I had read it all those years ago, or is that I have learnt to jump on the right types of clues from having read so many of the books and got used to her way of writing.

I do not intend to give away the ending as I would much prefer everyone would read the book for themselves and I hate spoilers.  

I am glad I read it again now and it has whetted my appetite to go on and read all of her books again.  
My plan is to read them through in the order they were written and perhaps I'll review each one in the blog.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Presence - Book Review

A Small-Town Lawyer. Big-City Corruption. Can One Person Truly Make a Difference? T. J. Case, a North Carolina lawyer and politician, takes a stand of integrity that costs him his election. As he considers his future, a morning of quiet reflection is transformed into a remarkable summons that propels him into the middle of Washington politics. And accompanying this commission is an extraordinary sense of divine direction to help reshape twisted lives and challenge corrupt systems. The cause that T. J. Case represents meets with resistance at the highest levels. In a dramatic clash against a shadowy network of organized evil, The Presence emerges as the prevailing power. But obedience demands sacrifice….

The summary above does not give even a hint of the true impact this book can have on the reader.

I remember feeling changed when I had finished it and the sense of the presence of God was heavy on me.
I had not read a novel like this before and have not read one since.

This was the first book by Davis Bunn that I read and it was many years ago but I will never forget it and the true test of how good a book is, will always be - will I read many more by this author?
 The answer here was yes, yes, yes!
 In the years since I have read most of his books and introduced my family to them as well.

It deserves a place on my bookshelf,  what about yours?