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Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
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The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

The Murder at the Vicarage ★★★★★

Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie

My first Miss Marple story was tremendous fun, although I do wish she'd gotten a little more face time. I have to spoiler tag most of my review though. 


OK the guilty parties definitely took me by surprise. Like Inspector Slack, I was completely taken in by the false confessions and the sympathetic love story. I should have been a lot more suspicious of Redding, since the hints that he was a predatory opportunist were there. I at least got Lettice right! She was too obvious to be the real killer, especially with everyone saying she was much cleverer than she let on. I also picked up that the note found with Protheroe was written by Hawes, because his remarks about the train schedule made that connection easy. But I couldn't figure out how it ended up under Protheroe's body. 

(show spoiler)


How much I love the relationship between Len and Griselda? I just want to hug them both, and I hope to see a lot more of them in future stories. Somehow, I can't help a mental connection with Miss Marple and Professor Dumbledore. Always seeming to be in the right place at the right time, sharp observers of human nature, making vague remarks that make it clear they know a lot more than they're willing to share, presenting a persona that makes them look a little batty, etc. And although AC never explicitly writes it, I'm pretty sure Miss Marples' eyes are twinkling like mad. I wonder if JK Rowling was an Agatha Christie fan? 


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. I enjoyed Richard E. Grant's narration, but I might do my future Marple books in text version instead. I feel like I missed a lot in this story by being tied to the pace of the narration and not being able to stop and reflect on clues. Plus, I'm usually multitasking while listening to audiobooks, so I tend to miss out with intricately plotted mysteries.