Whodunit enthusiasts have yet to witness another crime author be garlanded with the same, if not more, praise than record-breaking writer Agatha Christie, whose novels have sold over two billion copies worldwide (The Home of Agatha Christie) long after her death. My experience with Christie’s works is admittedly limited, as I have only seen a theatrical performance of The Mousetrap and the 2017 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (hereafter shortened to Orient Express). However, Christie’s masterful command of the twist ending in this novel has led me to explore the rest of her library, and, by extension, the history of Orient Express for the present paper.
It’s been a few years since I read “The Executioner’s Song” when I was eighteen years’ old and it was a funny experience because I’d only ever seen a picture of the book before that. I had constantly wanted to read it over the course of a year because it sounded amazing. But when I received it in the post, my jaw dropped at how long it was in comparison to how long I thought it was. I managed to get it done in a few days anyway. I really just couldn’t put it down at all. At some points, I was actually crying about the other characters. My first reading experience was heavily emotional and I was put into an emotional whirlwind of sorrow. It completely changed my perspective on creative nonfiction, just like the book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote had done some years before.
No matter what, keep fighting to make a change.
This was a random find for me. During one of my many forays through the bargain stacks at the bookstore, I found myself picking this book up off of the shelf. I have always loved a good mystery, and when this book was touted as a modern day Nancy Drew, I figured I would have to give it a try. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized why the author’s name, Sara Shepard, had seemed so familiar to me; I had never read the books, but I did watch the first few seasons of the television adaptation of Shepard’s series “Pretty Little Liars”. Now, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I was never really a huge fan of the show, so after I made this connection I was apprehensive to crack open this book.
As we approach part 11 of my 20 books of 2020 series (numbers 201-220), I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have followed me on this journey so far. This milestone means a lot to me and so, I've chosen to share something special with you. The Top 10 Best Modern Crime Novels I've Read!
CROSS KILL Long Live Soneji!
“Killing isn’t murder when it’s necessary.”
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS CHARACTER SPOILERS BUT NOT ANY PLOT SPOILERS*
Once, Oscar Wilde wrote "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
They’re bestsellers for a reason
I usually review science fiction novels here. But when I came across Pushback, an adrenaline pumping mystery novel by John Stith, who wrote Red Shift Rendezvous, one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels, hey, how could I resist? Besides, the who dunnit of mystery and detective fiction is a close cousin of the what dunnit of science fiction.