I was supposed to make a video for my vlog however, two things kept me from it:
I’ve got the flu and
The YouTube video manager page is down.
I’m not making this up and I’m not making excuses to put this off. I just can’t do a decent video with a sore throat and a runny nose! XD
Anyway, despite YouTube’s video manager page being down, the channel page is still up. I browsed over my past videos and this is what I found — the last murder mystery novel I read before recently finishing Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. So I read this novel, The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers four months ago! I didn’t realize I was falling behind on my reading. Anyways, here are my impressions on Sayer’s novel:
At long last, I was able to begin and finish reading Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This title also introduces Hercule Poirot, Christie’s detective hero, for the first time.
Speaking of “first times”, this is the first detective/mystery novel that I read on my smartphone. Yup, I’m warming up to the idea of e-books and e-book readers. It’s so convenient and not-so-tacky-looking. Thanks to the PDF format of my copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the document reader feature of my smartphone, I was able to finish the novel by reading it everywhere I went. It’s a totally time-efficient option, considering that I’ve had this novel since September 2010! O.o
I settled not to work this weekend—I needed to get my entire body out of work to reboot itself. So, while my system is on auto-defragmentation, I decided to go over one of the novels I bought before but never really got to read right away. I chose Curtain by Agatha Christie.
At first, I felt something peculiar about this novel. It’s like I read something significant about it before but all together, it looked like any normal Christie novel. When I researched on Wikipedia, that was when all my assumptions were justified: Curtain chronicles the last murder mystery case of Christie’s main protagonist, Hercule Poirot. “Oh great!,” I thought. I’ve read just two Hercule Poirot murder mystery novels and now, I’m about to read his last case! And from what I gathered, he dies in this novel.
Among my collection of mystery novels by my most venerated mystery novel writers (Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Marsh’s titles are the ones that I am able to find every so often. I guess it’s because among the three, she is the most unheard of.
So once again, I’ve come over another Marsh novel: Hand in Glove. The story tells of a murder that happened while a social party was ongoing. The victim, Mr. Harold Cartell, a well-known barrister, fell into an excavation hole filled with muddy water; then, somebody let loose an 850-pound drainage pipe over his head. Of course, instant death was inevitable. But who wanted to kill him so badly …and brutally?
Tomorrow would be the premier of Ron Howard’s film version of Dan Brown’s sophomore novel, Angels and Demons.
It’s a good thing I’ve been able to read the paperback first.
Angels and Demons is the prequel to the controversial The Da Vinci Code with its protagonist, Prof. Robert Langdon. In this mystery-thriller adventure (Langdon’s first adventure, before The Da Vinci Code), he takes the reader through paths and catacombs around Vatican City, in hopes of saving The Vatican from a plot of vengeance and destruction by Christianity’s adversary, The Illuminati. He also brings the reader close to suspenseful and thrilling situations, and many historical puzzles.