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    Getting to Know the Author: Sophie Hannah

    One of my new tasks in my recent move to the UK is to help organise an event in which some crime fiction writers are involved (more information on the event soon!). As the crime fiction family is such a big and diverse one, I was not surprised to realise that I had never read anything about one of the women authors participating, but I was certainly curious about her work. In an effort to solve that gap in my reading history I have decided to do some research about the author and read at least one of her novels. Here’s Sophie Hannah: British novelist and poet Sophie Hannah was…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    First Time Reading a Classic: And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie

    Confession time: I had never read or watched any adaptations of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie. Except for the Family Guy double episode, Psych‘s and the many other references in popular culture and media that I have watched. But, the original? Nope, never. It does not help that we have kept a literal translation of the original title Ten LIttle Niggers  in Spanish – click here to see it – and when I looked for an English second-hand review copy on Abebooks, I could find none. But, after some failed attempts, and some research, I found the original title, and after last Christmas’ super…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

    Last week I started reading for my PhD and one of the books mentioned and explored Agatha Christie’s classic The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Now, I have to confess I am not a big Golden Age fan regarding crime fiction, so, no, I had never read Roger Ackroyd, but I knew I had to. It is usually referred to as Christie’s most surprising work. I have to say, not so much. The following review contains spoilers. Buy at Book Depository: In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the…

  • Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read list

    I have long waited for this post. I have great reading plans for the summer, basically to keep myself busy and therefore, sane. But time will tell if I do any of the readings here, because it’s a pretty ambitious and heavy list 🙂 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! 1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.- I cannot call myself a…