New Monthly 5 Book Review

Hi Everyone! My first book this time is "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie. 

I love Agatha Christie novels and I have a particular love for all things Poirot. This novel is the one where we are first introduced to Belgian private detective Hercule Poriot. 

The story itself is recounted by Captain Hastings, Poirot's close friend (who I believe does for Poirot what Dr Watson does for Sherlock Holmes) and has bursts of humour that only Captain Hastings could deliver. 

I like the 'clean' writing, bearing in mind the novel was first published in 1920, so there's none of the swear words that can make more than one appearance in more 'modern' literature. The plot and story as a whole draws you in and keeps you wanting to read to the end, to hear Poirot talk to the gathered characters and describe his deduction of the crime and name the murderer! 

If you are fond of Crime stories, have read Agatha Christie before, or even if you haven't, I would urge you to read this (and closely follow it with the rest of Agatha Christie's novels!). You might be a Poirot fan, or a Miss Marple fan (I'm a fan of Poirot), but whoever your detective of choice is, you're in for a good, entertaining read from Mrs Christie. 

I'm giving this book a 4 book score, not only did I really enjoy reading it, I would be happy to read it again!


Hey everyone, for my next review, I've chosen "With This Man" by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

This is the next book in the 'This Man' series, that I reviewed before and was only released this year. 

The best book of the series. The story picks up around 12 years after the end of the last one, with Ava and Jesse's twins now 11 years old. Jesse is still his usual controlling self, but life appears to have been good to him and Ava and things are going well, until a car accident sees Ava losing her memory of everything that has happened for the last 16 years - all of the time she has spent with Jesse is gone!

I actually enjoyed this book, seeing a different side to Jesse other than his commanding, controlling ways that made me want to reach into the book and slap him! You see a much more vulnerable side to Jesse and how he interacts with amnesiac Ava following the accident, how he does little things to try and help her to remember is really sweet. You feel his frustration that Ava is struggling to remember, but at the same time, you really feel for them both and can understand how Ava fell in love with Jesse in the first place, as she falls for him all over again. 

There are still some comedy moments, such as Jesse telling Ava to watch her mouth when she swears, but taking no notice of his own advice when he swears at her! 

Overall, this book is a good read and I give it a 4 book score, I will definitely read it again. 


Hi everyone, welcome to the latest set of reviews.

This time I'm looking at the "This Man" series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. 

This is a three book series based in London and describes the lives of a gifted architect and the man who pursues her. 

If you're a fan of Sylvia Day and EL James, these books are for you. I'm a fan of Sylvia Day's "Crossfire" series and I've read those more than a few times, as I have the "Fifty shades" series. 

What disappointed me with these books is that to me the author is trying to put it across that a seemingly talented woman, the architect finds herself completely consumed by and unable to function without the man that spends his time harassing her and controlling every move she makes while trying desperately to keep his own secrets. 

This scenario is just unrealistic but the books are compelling reads if for no other reason you spend the entire time willing her to see sense and get rid of him! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the concept of being completely took over by a guy is fine and I completely understand the idea that you're so in love that you don't feel like you can function without the guy but really? 

I'll let you decide. 

For me, a 3 book score. These are ok for something to read....and I like having a complete set on my book case.


Welcome to the third book review in as many days! 

No lie, I only started reading "If I Stay" while I was babysitting for a friend on Saturday night and I finished the book yesterday. I couldn't put it down!

The book has a sad note to it and I narrated by a teenage girl who is the only member of her family to survive a car accident. She's in a coma for the majority of the book, but it is interesting to see her perspective on the whole matter. She remembers how things were for her family and has to decide whether to carry on fighting for her life or to let go. 

I'm not ashamed to admit I cried reading this one, it was heart-rending at times but I certainly came away feeling so grateful for those I love. 

I would read it again but not for a little while so a solid 3 book score from me.


A truly amazing, classic crime novel, written by a Lady I would call the 'Queen of Crime', Agatha Christie.

A novel featuring one of Ms Christie's famous detectives, M.Hercule Poirot (my favourite fictional detective), this novel tells of the murder of a passenger on the Orient Express train, and the subsequent investigation by Poirot while the train is stuck in a snow drift. 

I love Agatha Christie's way of storytelling. She had an ability to draw you in and make you wonder 'whodunit' while Poirot is unearthing the killer. Add the unexpected truth in "Murder on the Orient Express" and you have a great book to read! 

A solid 4 book score from me. Right, I'm off to put my 'Little grey cells' to the test...... Enjoy!