19 February, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (109)

***In case you're here looking for my "She Said What" blogfest post, that will be up tomorrow. Hope you'll swing by then!***


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie. I've been on a bit of an Agatha Christie spree lately, working through her books featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. They're a lot of fun to read, though I have to kind of stop myself from reading too many of them otherwise everything blurs together and they all start coming across as the same.

(This isn't actually the cover of the book I have. The one I'm reading is a library copy that has all-black binding and gold lettering, with no other decoration. This was the most interesting cover I could find instead.)

The mild eyes, the long obstinate mouth, the slightly upturned nose. Poor Dora, so maddening, so muddle-headed, so devoted and such a problem. A dear fussy old idiot and yet, in a queer way, with an instinctive sense of values.

-p. 15

(Since this is mystery, I was afraid to look at anything beyond the point I'd read up to. Hence the lower page number.)

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Have you ever read any books by Agatha Christie? Got any favorites? (Mine would be The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, at least so far.)

What are you reading now? Do you have a teaser to share?


-----The Golden Eagle

26 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

Nice teaser. I have read a lot of Agatha Christie but don't know if I have read this one. Check out my teasers from Also Known As by Robin Benway and Released by Amber Polo. Happy reading!

Mark Means said...

I -need- to read at least one Christie book, at some point in my life.

It's on my list.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I've read at least three Agatha Christie books, watched many more PBS episodes. My favorite story is probably THE MIRROR CRACK'D.

My question: Do you prefer Ms. Marple or Hercule Poirot? :).

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Sunny Kern said...

I loooooove Agatha Christie, but haven't read many of her novels. I need to read more, but somehow never seem to get around to it. Hope you enjoy this one!!

mooderino said...

I've read quite a few of her books and never once guessed the culprit. Mainly because it doesn't occur to me to try and work it out, but also because in a lot of her stories she cheats (holds back clues). Still fun to read though.

mood

Pat Hatt said...

Ready a standup book at the moment at my sea, haven't read any that i recall from Christie

Romance Book Haven said...

Nice teaser! Interesting. At one time I was addicted to Agatha Christie books. I have a shelf full-need to hunt through and re-read some!

Nas

Anthony said...

No more Michio?

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Murder mysteries are my mom's drug of choice, so I've had a lot of opportunities to read/watch Agatha Christie, and it's always a blast. Great teaser!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I've read The ABC Murders, Postern of Fate, Halloween Party, Sleeping Murder, Death in the Air, and maybe a couple of others. Eventually I did learn to predict the murderer by paying careful attention to clues that appear quietly, not highlighted, often dismissed by the main characters.

Nick Wilford said...

I haven't read any Christie, to my shame, but I appreciate the tip to not read too many close together.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Before all the Eygyptian craziness started via the Arab Spring, I was planning a trip there. One of my ideas was to stay in the old hotel that Agatha Christie stayed in to write her books. But I changed my mind because it really wasn't modern (and that's where the luxury is).

JeffO said...

I haven't read Christie in ages. Probably the last I read was Murder on the Orient Express when I was a kid.

Bonnee Crawford said...

I have never read anything by Agatha Christie, though I do intend to, as I hear her name often :) I might have to make a bit more of an effort and go ahead with it! Nice teaser, and I would also be hesitant to skip ahead in my reader, especially if it was a mystery.

Shelley said...

Nice teaser Golden Eagle! Happy reading! :)

shelly said...

I read a lot of her books when I was a teen.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Charles Gramlich said...

I started a new SF novel. Dread Empire Falls.

Donna Hole said...

I never got into Agatha Christie. Someday I should try one.

......dhole

Liberty Ann Ireland said...

I am not a huge AC fan but this is a safe but good quote. I had to do the dame thing with mine this week, not wanting to give away any secrets.

Here is my TT for this week.

Come on by!

Mark Noce said...

I love Agatha Cristie, very cool:) Just finished Captains Courageous and maybe will do some non-fiction now.

nutschell said...

Was looking for your level up blog post. Glad I came by though- what great teaser!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Paul Tobin said...

I have read some when I was in my teens. I am not a fan really, the plots never seem to work that well. They are one of the few instances when I prefer the movies- I like Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.

The Golden Eagle said...

Kathy: Thanks!

I don't think I'll be able to remember individual books after a while, either . . .

Mark: I highly recommend The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, if you do--though I'm not a Christie expert or anything.

Carolyn: I'll admit, I'm partly reading the books so I can watch the episodes!

Hercule Poirot. :) You?

Sunny: Thank you!

Mooderino: The holding back clues part irritates me sometimes. I've never guessed the culprit, either.

Pat: She's a good mystery writer. I can see why she's so famous.

Nas: Thanks. :)

Anthony: Not at this point. I definitely intend to read more of his books, but I've got a backlog of library books that have to be finished soon . . .

Bethany: Thank you!

Jennifer: I haven't read enough books (or paid attention enough) to really find out Christie's system. But I'll have to look out for clues now.

Nick: I don't think it's shameful. There's always one popular author one hasn't read yet!

Michael: I didn't know she wrote in Egypt. But I don't blame you for wanting to stay in a modern building as opposed to an older one. :P

JeffO: That's a famous one!

Bonnee: Glad you liked the teaser.

Shelley: Thanks!

Shelly: Guess I'm following in your footsteps here. :)

Charles: Walter Jon Williams or Glen Cook? I know the latter wrote a Dread Empire series (at least, I think he did).

Donna: I'd recommend at least trying one!

Liberty: Tried to pick something that might be interesting for readers . . .

Mark: I love reading non-fiction. It's a nice change from fiction.

Nutschell: Hope you found it! :)

Paul: I'm looking forward to watching the adaptations.

Dazzling Mage said...

Love the teaser!

Deniz Bevan said...

Love Agatha Christie!
Funny, when I first started reading her it was all Poirot books. I avoided the Marple ones for a long while, not really sure why. When I finally started on them, I loved them as much as the others!
And the Tuppences too :-)