Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part.

Plot

When a beautiful woman is found strangled to death at a holiday resort, the murder appears to be a crime of passion. But could it have been something more evil and premeditated altogether? Hercule Poirot has his vacation interrupted in this mystery.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in The Times.



Plot

First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.


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Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

It lay down in a hollow, rich with fine old timber and luxuriant pastures; and you came upon it through an avenue of limes, bordered on either side by meadows, over the high hedges of which the cattle looked inquisitively at you as you passed, wondering, perhaps, what you wanted; for there was no thorough-fare and uless you were going to the Court you had no business there at all.



Plot

When beautiful young Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley, her fortune and her future look secure. But Lady Audley’s past is shrouded in mystery, and Sir Michael’s nephew Robert has vague forebodings. When Robert’s good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears, he is determined to find him, and to unearth the truth. His quest reveals a tangled story of lies and deception, crime and intrigue, whose sensational twists turn the conventional picture of Victorian womanhood on its head. Can Robert’s darkest suspicions really be true?

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El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels by Ioan Grillo

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Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

It all seemed like a bad dream.



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El Narco is the story of the ultraviolent criminal organizations that have turned huge areas of Mexico into a combat zone. It is a piercing portrait of a drug trade that turns ordinary men into mass murderers, as well as a diagnosis of what drives the cartels and what gives them such power. Veteran Mexico correspondent Ioan Grillo traces the gangs from their origins as smugglers to their present status as criminal empires. The narco cartels are a threat to the Mexican government, and their violence has now reached as far as North Carolina.


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Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Mrs Ariadne Oliver had gone with the friend with whom she was staying, Judith Butler, to help with the preparations for a children’s party which was to take place that same evening.



Plot

At a Hallowe’en party, thirteen-year-old Joyce boasts that she once witnessed a murder. No one believes her. But within hours her body is found, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

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The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

The Thirteen Problems


Rating: 4 Stars


About

A group of people gathers on a pleasant evening. Before long, each of them tells the story of a crime, one they know the conclusion to. The others have to guess at the solution of the story. They tend to forget the elderly lady sitting with them, knitting peacefully. But Miss Marple unerringly comes to the right conclusions.


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Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

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Rating: 4 Stars

On Tuesday, May 22, 1989, a man named Henry Hill did what seemed to him the only sensible thing to do: he decided to cease to exist.



About

Henry Hill was just a kid when he started running errands for the guys hanging out at the taxicab stand across the street. Soon, he’s part of an organized crime family in New York. Wiseguy tells the story of his life and his schemes, including the infamous Lufthansa heist.

In the end, he becomes a witness for the FBI, helping them put his former friends and associates behind bars and joining the witness protection program.

His story was turned into the movie GoodFellas.


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