By Pricking of my Thumbs (book)

I finished reading By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. It is the fourth book of the Tommy and Tuppence books series. There are five books in the book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Tommy’s aunt is a nursing home. Tommy and Tuppence decide it was time to visit his aunt. The aunt is rude to Tuppence so she goes to sit in the waiting room where she meets a nice old lady (so it seems). Tuppence stares at the fireplace and the old lady says something strange. She asks Tuppence was it your poor child dead in the fireplace. Later on Tommy’s aunt dies and Tuppence wants to go back to the nursing home to see if she can ask the old lady what she meant by the dead child in the fireplace. She doesn’t get to ask because the old lady was taken away by “family.” Tuppence notices a picture on the wall in the aunt’s room. It was supposedly given to the aunt by that old lady.  Tuppence says she knows that house in the picture. She had seen it from a train. Tommy goes to a conference so Tuppence goes looking for that house. She does find the house, but she doesn’t find a dead child in the fireplace. She asks around to find the old lady, but no one knows her. But she does hear of tales of missing children that turned up dead. Then Tuppence gets hit in the head. Tommy comes home to find Tuppence gone. He goes looking for her and finds out about a criminal gang who robs banks and hides the loot in houses. When Tommy gets back with Tuppence, they find some of that loot. Later on Tuppence does find out who is the child murderer (which is a complete surprise to me and her).

I did like this book. I told my mother about this book and she likes it too. Now I’m reading Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie. It is the fifth book of the Tommy and Tuppence book series.

N, or M? (book)

I finished read N, or M? by Agatha Christie. It is the third book of the Tommy and Tuppence book series. There are five books in the book series. The second half of the show Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime is based on this book.

Big Warning:  there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Tuppence is bored. She wants to work for the government, but they aren’t taking in middle aged people. Tommy and Tuppence have two children who are twins (one daughter and one son). Then Mr. Grant arrives asking Tommy to do some “desk work.” Tuppence listens in to the secret work that Mr. Grant wants Tommy to do. So Tuppence ends up being part of that secret work too. The secret work is to find out who N and M are. M is a woman who is secretly working for the Germans. N is a man who is secretly working for the Germans too. Mr. Grant puts Tommy working in a house called Sans Souci. They suspect the owner and a chemist who is guest there. Then a little girl goes missing. A disturbed woman had kidnapped the little girl. One of the guests kills the disturbed woman who was threatening throw the little girl over the cliff. Then Tommy gets kidnapped too. His kidnapper, a general, might be N.  Tuppence gets Albert working on finding Tommy. Then she is approached by a man who supposedly works with her daughter. He tells her that Tommy is fine and she is needed to help stop the people behind the kidnapping. She does it, but she realizes it was a trap. Albert does find Tommy and they hitch plan to find out who M is. Tuppence does find out who M is and it is someone they (and me) doesn’t suspect.

Differences between show and book:

  1. The chemist isn’t kidnapped in the book. It is a little girl who is kidnapped first.
  2. There are no bombs in the book.
  3. Mrs. Sprot has a little girl in the book.
  4. Carl is a German and I don’t think he looks like he does in the show. And in the book he is the chemist (who isn’t kidnapped in the book).
  5. Mr. Carter recommends Tommy to Mr. Grant in the book. He is retired in the book.
  6. Tommy and Tuppence have twins in the book. In the show they have one son.
  7. Tommy is alone when he is kidnapped in the book.
  8. There are some characters that aren’t in the book that are in show.
  9. Tommy doesn’t sell wigs or is a bee keeper in the book. In the book, he was an secret agent.
  10. Mr. Carter wasn’t Tommy’s uncle in the book.
  11. Albert was a shoe shine boy in the book, not a teacher as in the show.

I  liked this book more than the show. The book has a better plot. Now I’m reading By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. It the fourth book of the Tommy and Tuppence book series.

The Secret Adversary

I finished reading The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. It is the first book in the Tommy and Tuppence book series. There are five books in the book series. Like I said earlier, I’m reading this book because of a new show on Ovation network called Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Tommy and Tuppence want to be adventurers.  They put out an announcement. Tuppence gets an offer by a man named Mr. Whittington. He wants her to go to Paris. When asked for her name, she gives a fake name (of a real girl) Jane Finn. Jane Finn was a girl who was on a boat which was sinking. A man standing next to her hands her some important documents because women and children are off the boat first. Jane Finn goes missing. Mr. Whittington was wanting to use Tuppence as a fake Jane Finn. When Tuppence uses that name, Mr. Whittington pays her off. Then Tommy and Tuppence meets a man who is a secret agent who tells them about who Jane Finn is and about the important. He hires them to find Jane Finn. Then they meet a cousin of Jane Finn who wants to find her too. They do eventually find Jane Finn and find the important documents.

The difference between the show and book:

  1. Jane Finn is on a train on the show and not on a boat like the book.
  2. Tommy and Tuppence aren’t married in the book. Tommy does ask Tuppence get married in the Partners in Crime book (the short stories book).
  3. Tommy and Tuppence doesn’t have a kid in this book.
  4. Albert is a shoe shine boy that lives near Rita in the book. In the show, he is teacher and Tommy’s friend.
  5. Mr. Carter is not related to Tommy in the book.
  6. Julius is Jane’s cousin in the book and he does proposed to her. In the book, Julius has much bigger part in the book. He helps Jane and Tuppence escape. I think he is much younger in the book and he’s not black.
  7. The house in Solo is not a peep show place. It was actually a meeting place with many important people.
  8. Mr. Brown wasn’t an assassin in the book.
  9. Rita isn’t an opera singer in the book. Tuppence, Peel, and Julius witness the murder of Rita. She wasn’t hanged.
  10. Jane faked being Annette in the book. Jane had documents in the book and not a tape recording as in the show.
  11. Tommy doesn’t owns bees in the book and I think he was a secret agent in the book.

I did like the book better than the first part of the show. Now I’m reading N, or M? by Agatha Christie. It is the third book of the Tommy and Tuppence book series and the second part of the Agaths Christie’s Partners in Crime show.

Partners in Crime

I finished reading Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie.  This is the second book of the Tommy and Tuppence book series. There are five books in the book series.

Note: I wanted to read this book because Ovation network has a new show called Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime. I thought the show would be based on the book, but it’s based on this book, but two other books in the series which I am going to read.

This book is a short stories book. In this book,  Tommy and Tuppence take over the Brunt Detective Agency. Since no one knows who the real Mr. Blunt is, Tommy becomes Mr. Blunt. They solve some interesting crimes. One was of a missing pearl, one was solving alibi issue (which I solved before they did), a switching of a suitcase, etc.

I love this book. Next I’m reading The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. It is the first book in the Tommy and Tuppence book series. 

The Romanov Prophecy

I finished listening to The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry. It is another stand alone book. In the Cotton Malone book series there are seventeen books so far.

Warning: there is a lot of violence.

In this book, a man named Miles Lord is lawyer. He is in Russia looking to info that will be bad for the new czar of Russia. His co-worker on this job is gunned down in front of him. He runs for his life. He tells his boss about it. Unknown to him, his boss is behind the hit which was meant for Miles. His boss “works” for a committee that is trying to get a man to become the new czar of Russia. Miles does find info that would hurt the czar candidate. He finds info that two of the Imperial children had survived the massacre. While running for his life, Miles runs into a woman who ends up helping him in a quest to find the Imperial’s descendants.  They do find a descendant.

I did like this book. Next I’m reading Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie.

The Amber Room

I finished listening to The Amber Room by Steve Berry. It is a stand-alone book. I think it is his first published book.

Big Warning: there is a rape scene and talks of torture.

In this book, a judge named Rachel  has a father who survived WWII. Her father is obsessed with the amber room (panels made of carved amber). A man named Christian and a woman named Susanne are treasure hunters for two rich families. They steal art and other things that were already stolen. They are looking for the amber room. Although Susanne knows where the amber room is. Christian visits Rachel’s father and discovers nothing so he kills Rachel’s father.  In the end, they all know where the amber room is.

The Amber Room is a real thing. Here’s info on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_Room

I sorta liked this book. I would love to see the amber room. Now I’m listening to The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry.

The Columbus Affair

I finished reading The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry. It is a stand alone book.  There are seventeen books in the main Cotton Malone book series.  There is a prequel of this book called The Admiral’s Mark which I read earlier.

Warning: there is some violence

In this book, a man named Sagan is about to kill himself. His name was ruined and he sorta knew who was behind his name being ruined. Then he gets a visit by a man who shows him a video of his daughter being tied up. He is asked to agree for his father’s grave to be dung up. He finally agrees. His daughter wasn’t really kidnapped. She set the thing up so he would agree to have the grave dung up. In the grave was a packet of stuff that a man (who “kidnapped” Sagan’s daughter) was really after. The packet told about where to find the Jewish Temple treasure is.  Christopher Columbus (not his real name) was a Jew (might be true) and had hidden the Jewish Temple treasure.  Sagan doesn’t kill himself instead he refuses to let the man have the packet and go after the treasure himself. In the end, he finds himself and restores his relationship with his daughter.

I liked this book. Now I’m listening to The Amber Room by Steve Berry.

The Devil’s Due

I finished reading The Devil’s Due by Steve Berry. It is a short story of the Cotton Malone book series. There are seventeen books in the Cotton Malone book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this very short story, Cotton is asked to go to see a president of a small country.  The president of that country offers Cotton a gift. The gift is Bin Laden. He wanted Cotton to hand him over to the US alone. But Cotton was scared to do that alone so he asked for help in doing that. But the people he hands him over to isn’t who they say they are and Cotton finds out later on that they are subcontractors and they killed and burned Bin Laden. In the end he pledges to get the subcontractors.

I sorta liked this short story. Now I’m reading The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry.

The Tudor Plot

I finished reading the short story The Tudor Plot by Steve Berry. It is book 7.5 of the Cotton Malone book series.  There are seventeen books in the main Cotton Malone book series.

Big Warning: there is some violence and a hint of incest.

In this book, Cotton Malone is in England to attend a trial of some terrorists. But before he could actually attend the trial is asked to go with some men. They take him to see the Queen. The Queen asks Cotton to look into a personal matter involving a plot against one of the princes. A man had said mysterious about King Arthur and that one of the princes could be in danger. Plus there was a media attack against the heir to the throne which none of wanted to be king anyway. The media attack was run by a man named Lord Yourstone who took over a publication to hide the fact that his son is sterile and to use the media to expose the heir’s affairs. Lord Yourstone had a plan to make his son’s wife queen by getting rid of the two princes. He even tried to kill one of the princes. He also was trying to find the legendary Arthur’s grave. Cotton did stop the attempt on the prince with the help of an MI6 agent, but the agent was working with Yourstone. He killed Yourstone’s son and killed Lord Yourstone. Cotton did find some artifacts of Arthur.

I did like this short story. Now I’m reading The Devil’s Due by Steve Berry. It is another short story of the Cotton Malone book series.

Saving Mr. Banks

I watched Saving Mr. Banks yesterday. I watched it on Netflix. It has Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks (love him), Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, and Paul Giamatti.

Side Note: I originally didn’t want to see this movie. But after reading most of the Mary Poppins books (I have one more to read) this movie starting begging me to watch it. I’m glad I did because it changed my mind on a couple of things.

This movie is loosely based on the true story of the battle between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers over the rights to her Mary Poppins books. Over many years, she did give the rights over to Disney and he made the famous movie Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers hated the movie because it didn’t represented her books.

I did like this movie. Next week I’m watching The First Power.