Archives for: May 2011
The Agatha Christie Read-Along!

About the republication of Agatha Christie by Harper:   HarperCollins is proud to now be Agatha Christie’s global publisher and will be reissuing all of her books in beautiful trade paperback editions. These wonderful authentic editionsare exactly as Christie wrote them using the original UK texts. Read all of the Christie mysteries including the Hercule Poirot Mysteries, the Miss Marple [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Activities

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie ACTIVITIES In Agatha Christie’s novels, party games often have a lethal outcome. Hallowe’en Party introduces two such pastimes: “Snapdragon” and “Bobbing for Apples.” A third game, “The Flour Game,” is also described. Consider adding one or more of these diversions to your gathering, be it held on All Hallows Eve or any [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Discussion Questions

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie DISCUSSION QUESTIONS For her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie wanted her detective to be “someone who hadn’t been used before.” Thus, the fastidious retired policeman Hercule Poirot was born—a fish-out-of-water, inspired by Belgian refugees she encountered during World War I, in the seaside town of Torquay, where she [...]

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Who Was Agatha Christie?

Masterpiece Mystery! Book & Film Club Agatha Christie WHO WAS AGATHA CHRISTIE? Biography A mother declares that her young daughter will not be allowed to read before age eight. “Better for the eyes and also the brain,” the mother says. But by age five, the child, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, had already taught herself to decipher the letters in her [...]

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Delicious Death Cake Recipe!

Cooks around the world celebrated Christie’s 120th anniversary by baking their very own Delicious Death, the exclusive recipe created by Jane Asher. You’ll find everything you need to make your own Delicious Death below. ——————————– Ingredients 175g dark chocolate drops (50-55% cocoa solids) 100g softened or spreadable butter 100g golden caster sugar 5 large eggs ½ tsp vanilla extract 100g [...]

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My BEA pics – 2011

Was trying desperately not to have to upload these pictures for all to see, considering I was melting at the convention and my hair is slicked back making me look like a creepy used car salesman, but here goes.  There are only four.   This first one is of Tony Hawk and myself. I waited over an hour on line [...]

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The Note by Mike O’Mary + Giveaway

The Note is a book about the power of appreciation and how a simple note of appreciation can change a person’s life. This is the book and the story that inspired the Note Project, a global movement to make the world a million times better by inspiring 1 million people to write notes of appreciation, and by supporting literacy projects [...]

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Where have I been…

It’s been a while since I have blogged regularly. Not for lack of great books, but because of a blogging slump. Well that has been cured! The medicine? A little event names BEA. Maybe you have heard of it? My slump wasn’t lifted because of the free books or because of a day off from my standard obligations. My slump [...]

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Is there a Medicine Man in the house

Bloggers and Readers – I want to know what you do when you are in a reading funk. What inspires you to start picking up books again and enjoy your reading time? Share this:

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The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon

  When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core. Everyone connected to school, and to Claire, finds their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the various faculty and staff whose lives are immersed in [...]

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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you. In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence [...]

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

  Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection — the only book published by the late, great, and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette. The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has [...]

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