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Agatha Christie

Everyone loves a good mystery and Agatha Christie knows that. Agatha Christie was a British author who penned numerous books, one of the most well-known being The Murder on the Orient Express. She had a pretty interesting life and she actually disappeared shortly after her first husband asked for a divorce. To this day, no one knows what happened in the ten days that she was missing. She remarried later and was very happy. Her intuitive mind really heped when it came to constructing her novels. Her favorite character that she uses in a number of books is Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who parallels Nancy Drew in the way he is used over and over again. The people in her books are also very elegant and refined. The way her characters interact with each other is with subdued formality. I say subdued because they are still conversational. She talks in a high-class sort of fashion and even implements some French often throughout the text. Her mysteries are often very twisted and leave the reader guessing through the entire novel, you really don’t know who the killer is until the end of the book, and it is always a shocking revelation. Most readers enjoy her books and they are obviously still read today; on my copy of The Patriotic Murders, it says over 500 million copies of her books have been sold. This shows that she is still relevant and important in society today. In popular culture, Christie has been depicted on television, showing that her legacy lives on. For example, on a Doctor Who episode called ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp,’ Christie’s disappearance is a result of an encounter with an alien called a vespiform. In the end of the episode, the Doctor shows Donna an Agatha Christie book that had been published in the year 5,000,000,000. Even though the show is fictional, it goes to show that Christie is relevant in all genres and society in general. Agatha Christie’s books are cherished and adored by fans and it undoubtedly will be the same for years to come.

The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes isn’t like any other detective. Instead of using hunches or premonitions, he uses inductive reasoning and actually uses the evidence around him through science and clear thinking. Sherlock may seem unorganized and messy but that doesn’t at all mean he’s not clever. Although Sherlock is the main character of the story, his counterpart Watson is always the narrator. He tells the story like, well, a story and it seems that he is telling it from a later time apart from when he knew Sherlock. However, you can tell that they were very good friends. Watson is almost a foil of Sherlock, he being organized and hesitant, while Sherlock is chaotic and willing to take risks. Sherlock is street smart while Watson is book smart.

I honestly decided to read The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes instead of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes mainly because of time constraints. School and life in general has been piling up and I needed to go back to something simple, which would be the book I’m blogging about now. It contained eight famous stories of Sherlock’s cases like ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Reigate Puzzle.’ Stories like these were well-known during the time of the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who published many Sherlock stories. In fact, Conan Doyle actually killed off Sherlock in one of his books, but due to his popularity he was brought back for readers to enjoy.

What I love about the Sherlock Holmes stories is the tone and feeling I get when reading them. I feel like they would be best read on a dark and stormy night when everyone in the house is asleep. Although we are nowadays accustomed to suspense, with moviemakers and authors having to make things scarier, Sherlock Holmes can still give you shivers from the way he effortless solves his mysteries and he will make you smile with the humor he brings in rough times.

Loves Music, Loves to Dance

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In Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark, the suspense starts right off with the reader being introduced to the serial killer who is placing personal ads in newspapers in the hopes that attractive young women will respond. That is usually the plan of attack with a Mary Higgins Clark novel: we are usually introduced to the person who is causing the trouble in the first few chapters. Most mystery novels leave that to be discovered at the end but these books are layered, with so many characters and subplots that it is sometimes helpful to be shown in advance who’s side to be on. But like any mystery novel, the plot could have a twist! In this particular book, a young woman named Erin Kelley is found, wearing one dancing slipper and one normal shoe, having died of strangulation. It is up to this women’s best friend, Darcy Scott, to find out what happened to her and so many other women who met this same fate. These novels are usually set in New York or the surrounding areas with classy, well-to-do people who drink hot toddies in their pent houses and drive to work in their Mercedes Benz. Clark shows her knack for knowing about all things that have to do with the higher end of New York and this shows through in her novels. All the characters that are introduced are somehow connected to the main plot, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the beginning. It takes a lot of planning and thinking to make a novel like this work and that’s why I love Clark so much. I won’t spoil the ending for you though, because I would hate if someone did that to me. All I can tell you is it will be suspenseful, gripping, and leaving you with the urge to pick up another Mary Higgins Clark novel!

What I love about Mary Higgins Clark, the queen of suspense, is that she really lives up to her title. Her books may be easy to breeze through but in such a short novel she really gets you feeling on edge and wanting to read more. I’ve read countless Mary Higgins Clark novels and each one leaves me with the sense of wanting to read more. What I also like about her is how easy she can weave characters into her stories. In most of her books, every chapter introduces a new character who provides a new twist. This is impressive in that her chapters are usually a few pages long, culminating into chapter numbers between the ranges of 80 to 100 chapters in a book. Some of her works have been adapted into movies or TV shows. She has written 46 fiction novels since 1968 and her latest was published this April. She has also written a few nonfiction and holiday-related books but she is most famous for her tales of mystery and suspense. Even though she is aging, Clark hasn’t ceased to write heart-pounding novels that leave the reader wanting more. She is one of my favorite authors and I feel that she has accomplished a lot in terms of writing and she is still going strong today.