038: The Death of Our Desire to Read Agatha Christie

Sometimes a book is much more fun to discuss than it was to read. This, friends, is one of those times. Join Polli and Kate as they rip apart a not-so-thrilling thriller... and say "get that bread" far too many times for women of their ages. 

Bookish News:

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman (discussed in ep18) will be adapted for an Amazon series!
  • The Ripped Bodice released the State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report for 2018.  Check it out... it's pretty dismal BUT the positive takeaway is that you can see which publishers to support and which to push for improvement.

Two Book Minimum:

She Said/She Said: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is referred to as “the Agatha Christie of our time,” so we thought we’d delve into a psychological thriller/mystery, as it isn’t our usual genre! 


On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person--but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Overall? We are lukewarm about this one. The audiobook is an easy listen and great to have on while you do other things (like paint your house) but as a THRILLER, we weren't super thrilled. Maybe Agatha Christie just isn't our collective jam. 

Do you like thrillers? What are your faves? (Kate recommends Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris for an exciting read.) 

We Can't Always Be Reading: WATCH SCHITT'S CREEK.

Reminder: Jesmyn Ward will be at Liberty Hall (not the Lied Center) on Thursday, Apr 11th at 7:30pm. Tickets are required but free

2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019

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