Category Archives: books I've read

Book Note: Murder in Mesopotamia

Knocked out another Agatha Christie last night,  Murder in Mesopotamia, and picked up two more.  M in M features Hercule Poirot, who happens to be journeying through Iraq on his way toward a journey on the Orient Express when a … Continue reading

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Book Note: Murder at the Vicarage

Fresh from Duchess of Death, the unauthorized bio of Agatha Christie, I picked up a few of the old girl’s books on a library run, a Miss Marple and a Hercule Poirot. I greatly prefer using the main library downtown … Continue reading

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Book Note: Duchess of Death

Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie, caught my eye at the Discovery Green library a couple of weeks ago.  I had never thought to think about her before, although I’ve read many of her mysteries. Agatha Christie, … Continue reading

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Book Note: The Genesis Secret

The Houston Public Library operates a branch at Discovery Green.  Since I have to be at the park most Thursdays, when I plan ahead and order books, that HPL outpost certainly makes picking them up easy. Last week, I arrived … Continue reading

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Book Note: Amerika

Confession:  I rarely read forwards.  When I plucked Franz Kafka’s Amerika from the library shelf, the note offering a new forward by E. L. Doctorow wasn’t the draw.  I picked the book for three reasons: I’d never read anything by … Continue reading

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Book Note: The Abyssinian Proof

Just as the golden city astride the Bosphorus has lured a string of conquerors – Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans most notable – Constantinople lures writers of mysteries.  Cultural crossroads, repurposed houses of worship and sects with more in common than … Continue reading

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Book Note: Turning Point

Sunday, 4th October, 14.39 hours in which an AT&T repair truck is blockaded at the intersection by angry and desperate residents, and the blogger is at home to the most charitable reader. An observer would note this, the following: he, … Continue reading

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