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This one verges on so-so for me as I don't think it is one of Christie's best, and short stories in general aren't really my style. However I have a huge soft spot for Hastings, and do always find Poirot entertaining. It was just hard to get into the groove when the stories were so brief. Plus, there wasn't really a stand-out chapter for me. Enjoyable but not stellar.

Read this one for #agathachristieclubr2 @ferskner More challenges below ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks This one checked off a bunch!! #Jennyis30 - Detective @jenniferw88 || #ReadingEurope2020 - Belgium @LibraryBelle @BarbaraBB || #Booked2020 - Hat/Head Covering on Cover @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage || #LitsyAtoZ (Letter P) @bookishmarginalia || Multiple options for England, but I think I am going with Devon for #SeparatedbyaPondTour @Andrew65 2d
TheAromaofBooks For my own crazy bingo cards - Main Character is an Immigrant for #JanuaryBookBingo || Cozy Mystery for MysteryBookBingo || Short Story Collection for #ReadingBingo 2d
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! That‘s called hitting the jackpot 🎰 🥳🥳🥳 2d
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BarbaraBB Haha, that are a LOT of prompts! 👏👏 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB - Apparently short stories are good for something!! Plus it helps if you're trying to do like twenty challenges - bound to qualify for something, right?! 😂 2d
BarbaraTheBibliophage You go girl!! 2d
Andrew65 I enjoyed this when I read it last year. 2d
Librarybelle Awesome stacking of the challenges! 1d
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#WeeklyForecast - just started Poirot this morning for #agathachristieclubr2. Hoping to read Ove as a second book for #authoramonth - still have mixed feelings about Beartown, so we will see how this one goes!! Eighty Days is my January #bookspin draw, and since it's my own challenge, I should probably try to read it! ? Explorer is a #NewYearWhoDis pick. January has had a lot of "assigned" reading, but they have all been good, so no complaints!

Daisey Looks like a great week of books! 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Daisey - Yes!! I've really enjoyed doing this Weekly Forecast because I end up getting really excited about what's coming up! 😆 4d
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Soubhiville I hope you‘ll like Ove. It‘s completely different than Beartown. Good stack there! 4d
sudi I haven't read Beartown, but i loved A Man Called Ove. 4d
Cinfhen Hahaha “assignedReading” I can totally relate 😂😂😂 4d
AmyK1 Ove is probably my favorite Backman book. I agree that it‘s quite different from Beartown. Hope you‘ll like it! 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville @Sudi @AmyK1 - I really want to read at least two books from each month's author to try and get a feel for their writing, as there are several this year where I haven't ever read anything they've written. Beartown was the first Backman I've read, so I'm quite interested to read Ove and see how they compare/contrast. Speaking of which, do any of you have a favorite Colson Whitehead book to read for February? 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - yes, I seem to have committed myself to a great deal of reading this month off the track of my “normal“ TBR/reading list lol February should be somewhat calmer - this month I've read/am reading four books for #NewYearWhoDis and also read Stoner for #LMPBC, which was a slow-going book for me. Luckily I've enjoyed all the extra stuff - which has ended up being my main stuff haha 4d
AmyK1 I‘ve only read The Underground Railroad by him but it was good. I need to get The Nickel Boys soon. 4d
sudi @TheAromaofBooks i've got the underground railroad and the nickel boys lined up. but i'm not sure i'll be able to read both of them. 3d
TheAromaofBooks @AmyK1 @sudi - I'll probably start with The Underground Railroad and go from there!! 3d
kspenmoll Ove was fantastic. So loved that book. 3d
TheAromaofBooks @kspenmoll - I'm looking forward to it - I've heard many good things!! 3d
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1. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
2. Around here (well, ish - still 45mins away, and that's my closest bookstore...!!!!!) - The Book Loft in German Village - a self-described 32-room labyrinth of books!! https://www.bookloft.com/tour-store
3. Tagged book - January's read for the #agathachristieclubr2

#weekendreads @RachelsBrittain

ravenlee I love the Book Loft! I haven‘t been there in years. One of my friends was there today, actually. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - it's a pretty fun place. I don't get there often enough. We're those rural folks who try to avoid going to the Big City 😂 4d
ravenlee I haven‘t lived in Ohio in over 15 years, and my parents left shortly after that, so the only reason I‘ve had to go was for a retirement at my Alma Mater five (six?) years ago. But Book Loft and Schmidt‘s (sausage for the hubby, cream puff for me) were required stops. Columbus was never my favorite place to be. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - SCHMIDT'S CREAM PUFFS ❤ ❤ ❤

My husband commutes to Columbus every day, so we rarely feel like bothering to drive there AGAIN on the weekends haha Mainly because we're in training to be hermits. 😁
ravenlee Sounds fair to me. Both avoiding Columbus whenever possible and hermit life. 4d
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A fun collection for #agathachristieclubr2. Isn't Hastings sick of Poirot by now though? He's really horrible to him. Book 4 of 5 for my #jumpstart2020 goal!

Update: This was my first read for #classicschallenge2020! I like the idea of two a month, @reviewsbylola. I'm going to try to keep up!

Reviewsbylola Yay, I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it! I‘ve read one or two Christies but was never hooked. I need to try again! 7h
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I'm so sorry, everyone - I've had the worst time since I got back from vacation, with the biggest work project I've had so far, along with a cold. I hate when you are so stressed out that something that takes ten minutes is too much to ask. Anyway, here's the schedule! #agathachristieclubR2

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Does this happen to anyone else when they use Hoopla? It says run time 5hrs & 45 mins. But then it exceeds over an hour! I kept listening because I thought it was almost done! This isn‘t the first time this has happened to me.

Anyway, some good short stories of Poirot‘s adventures. Definitely like the full length stories better. These are too short and a little unbelievable that Poirot‘s solves them so quickly.


Laughterhp #ReadingEurope2020 - UK (I can probably use any number of books as this is definitely the country I read the most books in) @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 1w
Librarybelle I‘m the same way - so many UK choices! 1w
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This month‘s #agathachristieclubR2 book. If anyone wants to join in, it‘s available on Hoopla as an ebook. I‘m enjoying the instant gratification of getting books with my library card, even when the library is closed.

Laughterhp I‘m listening to this one on audio from Hoopla! 2w
ferskner Yay and thanks for the library support! 2w
umbrellagirl @Laughterhp I didn‘t like the short stories as much as the novels. 2w
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Switching from Poirot to Marple. #agathachristieclubR2 #myyearwithagatha

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Trying to finish the Agatha Christie novels may not be the best way to do the #readingeurope2020 challenge, but this one was set in France. #agathachristieclubR2 #myyearwithagatha

The Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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I'm sorry for the late posting of discussion questions! I got back from two weeks in Scandinavia late last night, and I'm jet-lagged. International travel is the greatest, but I could do without the recovery period, you know?

Anyway, questions below! #agathachristieclubR2

ferskner 1.) Did you enjoy this standalone thriller? What did you like/not like about it? 2w
ferskner 2.) Anne Beddingfield is one of Christie's pluckiest heroines. Did you like her character? How did she stack up against other plucky Christie women, like Tuppence? 2w
ferskner 3.) What did you think of the narrative structure, which mixes Anne's perspective with Sir Eustace's diary entries? Did you think Christie was successful in this choice? 2w
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ferskner 4.) Anne meets serveral attractive men during her travels. What did you think of her relationship with Henry, particularly once they are alone on the island? 2w
ferskner 5.) Christie's plot in this book is extremely full, with several lines of intrigue happening so once. Do you think she handles all of them well? Were you confused by anything? 2w
ferskner 6.) Christie's book often contain problematic racial depictions common at the time. Did you think this book better or worse that others in that regard? How would this have been written differently today? 2w
Librarybelle 1. This was a re-read for me...I gave it 4 stars both times, but I‘m wondering if it was for the silliness of the mystery or just simply because it‘s Christie. The plot is so over the top, especially at the end! There‘s the twist, but for me it‘s couched in some odd happenings that I could almost overlook the Christie twist. 2w
Librarybelle 2. I prefer Anne to Tuppence - she‘s definitely plucky and resourceful. She has a dry sense of humor, too, which helps, but she‘s not as silly as Tuppence. Tuppence reminds me of a big party, whereas Anne is a small group of friends - both can be a lot of fun, but I have a feeling I could only take Tuppence in small doses, much like a big party. 2w
Librarybelle 3. I think it was fun to see different viewpoints! It worked for me, and the clear mark at the beginning of the chapter showing a new voice helped a lot. 2w
Librarybelle 4. They seemed destined for each other - the plucky, attractive female protagonist and the mysterious handsome guy. I‘m sure the island scene raised some eyebrows - an young woman staying on an island alone with a man without a chaperone! Oh my! Nowadays, no worries...haha! It almost seemed like a dream for them, enacting what could be‘s, for instance. It was a good way for Christie to build attraction between them. 2w
Librarybelle 5. Out of everything we‘ve read thus far, this seems the silliest for development of the various plot lines. You‘re right - so many at one time, and some of the characters play different characters, you almost need a scorecard to keep up! This almost seemed to complicate everything - too many things going on at one time. 2w
Librarybelle 6. Oh, there were definite passages that made me cringe for the insensitivity in describing those living in Africa. I would hope she would approach descriptions in a more PC way in today‘s time. She was also writing at a time where this was the normal way to depict non-white people. It‘s shuddering to read these now. I love Christie and her brilliant mind, but her casual (and sometimes blatant) racism disturbs me. 2w
TheAromaofBooks 1. This is honestly one of my favorites. I love the ridiculousness of the whole thing, the humor, the drama - in a lot of ways, I think Christie was gently teasing the serious spy novels of her time, almost creating a caricature of them. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I love Anne but also love Tuppence. I really liked @Librarybelle 's description of the two of them. Both are fun but in different ways. 2w
TheAromaofBooks 3. This is one of my favorite parts of the book. It lulls the reader into false assumptions about Sir Eustace, and helps us to understand why Anne retains a soft spot for him despite everything he has done. I have a bit of a soft spot for Sir Eustace myself. 😁 2w
TheAromaofBooks 4. I think the love story between Anne & Harry (isn't it Harry, not Henry??) is one of the weak points of the story, especially the coincidence that allows Harry to rescue Anne at the exact right moment & the way they aren't discovered by the bad guys until, again, the exact right moment. But I do think it comes back to Christie not being entirely serious about this story & I love the way she contrasts Anne's “ideal“ (Col. Race) with Harry. 2w
TheAromaofBooks 5. It's hard for me to say - I didn't have any trouble keeping things straight, but I've read this book so many times that it may be due to that! 2w
TheAromaofBooks 6. Obviously many of Christie's depictions of non-whites are racist, but I don't think they are more so than other writers of her time. She was from a generation & an era that was strongly segregated by social class & race. However, she was an intelligent & empathetic woman - I definitely think that if she were writing today, she would portray other people groups more even-handedly. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for posting these questions @ferskner !! A random thought for next month - do you think it would be possible to have multiple posts with only one or two questions per post? It may help with being able to discuss things more easily. Just an idea from what I've noticed of some other book discussions here on Litsy. 😊 2w
AnneCecilie 1. I enjoyed this thriller, but not knowing anything about it, I was expecting Poirot to show up at some point. It took me a while to realize that Anne was our heroine. 2w
AnneCecilie 2. I liked Anne and how she on a whim practically decides to go to South Africa. I haven‘t read any books with Tuppence, so I can‘t compare. (edited) 2w
AnneCecilie 3. I liked the mix between Anne‘s telling and Sir Eustace‘s dairy entries. For me, the conclusion came as an even more surprise because of it, I think. 2w
AnneCecilie 4. I was surprised that Christie would something like the island scenes, they seemed a little daring for their time. Other than that, he did catch her eye early on. (edited) 2w
AnneCecilie 5. This was my first time reading this book, and I had no problem following the story lines, I might have been taken by surprise a couple of times, but that‘s the meaning of thrillers. 2w
AnneCecilie 6. I haven‘t read that many books from this time period, but I would guess that she was no better or worse than anyone else. What really bothered me was the talk about Africa as it the hole continent was a country. If it had been written today, it would probably have talked about both race and women in a different way. Sorry, I had to bring it up, but some the sexism at the start of the novel towards Anne was bad. (edited) 2w
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks yes, I can definitely do that! I want sure if people preferred the more concise single posting or several, but I agree that I think it would facilitate better discussion rather than answering my questions like it's a test. 👍 2w
TheAromaofBooks I always really like your questions because they are quite thoughtful and interesting. I'm just trying to think of how we could discuss them more. 😊 Also, is January's book Poirot Investigates? 2w
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks yes! I'm sorry, I had the world's worst deadline at work and I was sick, so I had to not look at social media until I was done. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Literally no worries! Thanks for letting me know, and hopefully you made it through crazy work/sick times okay!! 1w
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