57 minutes | Mar 25, 2019

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.  Show Notes: https://lplks.org/blogs/post/038-death-of-desire-to-read-agatha-christie Two Book Minimum: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Atlas of Blues and Reds by Devi S. Laskar So Far So Good by Ursula K Le Guin Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera 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!  Synopsis:  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?  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 Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. --------------------------- This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate
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