A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

The murderer has given an invitation in the newspaper that it is going to murder someone, but actually kills himself. Let’s see how Miss Marple will solve this case!

Hola people!

I hope you must be in good health. In these tough times I can proudly admit that “reading is therapeutic”.

So, I just finished reading another classic from the “Dame” Agatha Christie and Ia m absolutely thrilled to write this review.

I have read books with Mr. Poirot as a detective but had never read one with Miss Marple. And this book – A Murder is Announced” features Miss Marple as the detective.

The book starts with an announcement of a murder. There is an advertisement in the Gazette that a murder is to take place at Little Paddocks (Ms. Letitia Blacklock’s) house at 6:30pm on October 29 and the whole village is invited to see it.

It seems like an odd ad and people think, including Letitia herself, that it’s some kind of a game that somebody had arranged. So, everybody goes at Ms. Blacklock’s place to see what is it. Now, when the clock strikes half past six, all the lights go out, a man with a torch comes and fires thrice. When the lights come back, we get to know that Miss Blackock’s ear is bleeding and this man is lying on the ground dead.

The man turns out to be Rudi Scherz, a Swiss guy working at a hotel. This whole scenario looks a lot confusing and surprising to everybody as who might want to kill Ms. Blacklock and then eventually would shoot himself?

When the sheriffs dig a lil deeper into Ms. Blacklock’s past they get to know that she worked for a tycoon who left all his wealth in her name. The conditions are that she will get the money after the tycoon’s wife dies or if Ms. Blacklock dies first then all the money would go to Pip and Emma, the children of tycoon’s sister.

Miss Marple aids to solve the case and the novel gets all the more interesting by each passing page. Christie make sures that readers find it hard to put the book down.

There are around 20-25 characters and each of them has a vital role to play. The suspense continues till the end and when it is revealed, it comes as a huge surprise.

I would definitely recommend this book to my readers.

My Rating – 5/5

Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A college going girl who is still inside her fangirl bubble and doesn’t like leaving her room. How she adapts to new lifestyle changes and what all happens? Read everything in my review of the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

So, this book revolves around Cath and Wren, two identical twins who were inseparable until they went to college. While Cath still feels dependent on Wren and wants to spend as much time as possible together, Wren feels that it’s time that the two went their separate ways and found people to hang around with. Cath’s an introverted writer who spends most of her time in her room, writing fan-fiction while Wren’s an extrovert who likes to party and get drunk. Both of them had been Simon Snow’s fan but Wren wants to move out of this fangirl bubble while Cath is still inside it.

Since Wren doesn’t wishes to be Cath’s roommate so Cath has a new roomie. Her roommate Reagen, a character I personally loved, is a total badass who couldn’t care less about the world, their friendship is one of the most precious relationships in the book. It may not be the most obvious one, but it’s amazing. Cath initially has a hard time getting out of her room and has absolutely no friends, but as the story proceeds, Cath makes heartfelt connections which made me smile so much throughout. Cath’s an over thinker, she probably over thinks about over thinking if you ask me, but she’s the nicest character. The kind you want to put in a glass box so nobody could hurt her. The relationships portrayed in the book are probably the best part about it, for me at least. And not just the romantic ones, the one between Cath and her father, the one between Cath and Wren, even the non-existing full of resentment relationship Cath had with the mother who abandoned her.

When I started college, I had the same worries as Cath, about not knowing anyone, about being all alone, about what to do and where to go, it’s such an honest, well written story that I can’t help but think about how much I liked it.

That being said, I do feel that sometimes, Cath’s character was just a little too whiney, like a child who refuses to grow up but well, aren’t we all children who just don’t want to grow up either?

I give this book a 4/5.

Haiku Thursday

Hope you will enjoy this haiku 🙂
One big announcement in this post 😀

Little drops of dew

Glowing like pearls of wisdom

On the fresh green leaves.

P.S. – I have decided to begin a Haiku series in which I will post one haiku every Thursday. Also, if you like, you too can submit your haiku to me. I will feature your haiku on my blog with due credits 🙂

Mail – novelacious@gmail.com

Author of the Day – Guy De Maupassant

In our “Author of the Day” series, our today’s author is Guy de Maupassant. Take a look at his life, his writing style and why is he so popular.

On an ordinary, hot afternoon I found a book titled “Popular French Stories”. It was by an unknown publisher and had a very ordinary looking cover. Peering inside, I found a plethora of stories so strange my fifteen-year old brain couldn’t comprehend it and I put the book down. Years later, I sat down on an ordinary,hot afternoon and read the book again. It was at this point that I stumbled upon Guy De Maupassant and his brilliant brand of realism. One of France’s greatest poets, De Maupassant was the greatest of all French realists.

Guy De Maupassant was born on August 5th ,1850 near Dieppe, France. When Maupassant was 11 , his parents legally separated. His mother was a strong independent woman and she was an influential figure in his life. He was the godson, friend and an apprentice of the great Gustave Flaubert. Flaubert acted as his literary guardian and helped him make his debut in the world of writing. He met Emile Zola and Russian Novelist Ivan Turgenev as well as many others. His two hundred short stories depict the pessimist that he was and his dark, gloomy side. He wrote over three hundred short stories and six novels.

His stories have a cynical air to it. Even though his stories and opinions were based on realism, ultimately he lost his life to madness. He died at the age of 43 in an the private asylum of Esprit Blanche at Passy, in Paris.

Why I love De Maupassant is because his stories are just simply brilliant. They describe human nature in a subtle, indescribable way. Take his first work ‘Boule De Suif”. It revolves around the hypocrisy of human nature and peer pressure. De Maupassant had indeed researched human nature thoroughly.

The way it’s been written is no surprise why this story made De Maupassant instantly famous.

Another favorite of mine, “The Necklace”, is a gem of a story. It revolves around the greed of  human being and what a fake façade can do to a person’s life.

“Useless Beauty” is also another story with a wickedly humorous ending.

Human beings were never made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. They were made imperfect, devious and fickle. His stories are a thorough display of the what makes a human so vulnerable and unpredictable.

My 10 Favourite Quotes by Sophocles

Sophocles was one of the most famous and celebrated Greek dramatists. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes by Sophocles.

Sophocles was one of the most famous and celebrated Greek dramatists with the other two being Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote over 100 plays and the best known till date is Oedipus the King. Following are the 10 of my favourite quotes by Sophocles.

Without labor nothing prospers.

Success is dependent on effort.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

A lie never lives to be old.

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?

There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.