Novels for the summer #2


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Second post about novel for summer (the first one was about easy to read novel and it’s here). By now I saw very few summer this year, anyway the best genre for this period I thinks it’s the mystery – thriller, able to refresh the hot summer time.

The great classics are always good, for example Agatha Christie and some of her little masterpieces (below the review of And then there were none and Murder on the Orient Express), very good also the modern authors, in Italy Camilleri and De Giovanni, who respectively set their novels in Sicily and Naples.

Other nice novels – for the absolutely peculiar main character, Adamsberg – the novels by Fred Vargas, and the ones by Don Winslow (I like every one of them, here the review of Savages and King of cool), more thriller like but very engaging and about actual thematic.

For young adults I suggest the wonderful The Westing Game (review below), a game around and about a rich men death.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This is one of the novels by Agatha Christie that deserves to be read. It does not belong to the series of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, since it’s a stand alone novel; the protagonists are ten people invited to spend a week on an island.

This novel is one of the most notorious examples of a locked room mystery (in this case more an island than a room); I read it years ago and so I knew the solution of the mystery, nevertheless re-reading it I was not able to find the murderer.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

The most famous murder on a train and one of the best known adventure starring Hercule Poirot.
The novel is the investigation: there is a murder, there are evidences and there is an amazing conclusion (I had previously read this novel but luckily I forgot about it).

The reader can challenge Poirot for various deductions, however some derives from a deep knowledge of that society.
These novels are based on the pure reasoning and it’s a pleasure following Poirot in his deep thinking until the solution

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The people living in the Sunset Towers are all possible heirs of Sam Westing’s fortune, that is only if they are able to solve the game set up after Sam Westing death.
The game is wonderful as much as the participating couples; the narrator show us how unlikely collaborations brings positive results.

As the preface says, the novel is not a classic YA, it’s more for adults in wanting to discover again their YA part; it’s also a novel studied in all details in which each word is precisely used to make the reader smile or think.

The characters are well depicted and particular, and their evolution during the novel is one of the strong point of the whole novel.


* And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ★★★★☆
* Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie ★★★★☆
* The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin ★★★★★

*I read this book in English

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