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You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.
What book do you pick up?

Unless it’s a Dostoevsky, Camus or Joyce, I usually pick up what was left off during the day. If I have a long, exhausting day like the one on which I tread through the ruins of Angkor Wat temples, stepping over fallen beams and braving unpaved gravel trails for 10 hours, reading would not be a welcoming call. I would choose sleep instead. The end of a long work day would call for a book and order-in food. Longtime readers of the blog would know that I derive much comfort from reading mysteries like those by Agatha Christie. They are always entertaining, plain old good fun. The red herring galore and unexpected twists and turns would tingle my mind but not overwork it. I often re-read her books, especially Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None because they are so good that I think they deserve a second and third helping. She is crowned the Queen of Murder not without a reason. Sometimes I forget I read a book, but it’s usually the case with Christie. I would remember the outcome of the mystery but have blanked out on the investigation. Christie is such a fine plotter that you can hardly catch up with her many turn of events and twists. You are led to believe that you’ve got the culprit nailed and then, when you turn the page, you are back to where you started, with not an inkling of a clue. That is the art of mystery, meant to throw readers off the balance and send them off the edge of the chairs. her books always intrigue me because they are all equal parts creepy and clever. They are more fun than fluff.

5 Responses

  1. Oh, I JUST read Christie for the first time, the other day and boy is she FUN!

  2. I am reading several Agatha Christie books at the moment and am loving them. Like you, I turn to mysteries. I compare them to comfort food…they are my comfort reads.

  3. If I am that tired or in the mood for fluff, then that is when I play on the computer or watch tv. Reading is something I either plunge head long into or not at wall.

    Having said that, it’s been ages since I have read an Agatha Christie, and that does sound of fun. Perhaps a trip to the library mystery section is in order!

  4. I have never read Ms. Agatha but I know, without a doubt, I would love her. What is my problem? It needs to be a project for me I think. OK. I just wrote it down on my project list. My fluff would definitely be a murder mystery, in the neighborhood of Stephanie Plum, Jack Reacher or Lucas Davenport. I just fall right in step from the first page.

    Your idea of an exhausting day just cracks me up. Who would think of that but you?

  5. A good murder mystery is always good for just relaxing and enjoying the book. Christie is the best at it.

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