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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Cards on the Table, by Agatha Christie

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

This is a Poirot mystery, and one I hadn't read before, and one from the "classic" period - 1936.


A man who brags to Poirot that he collects people - specifically, people who got away with murder - hosts a dinner party that proves fatal, of four sleuths (Inspector Battle of Scotland Yard, Hercule Poirot, the mystery novelist Ariane Oliver, and Col. Race, a secret service man), and four others, his pet murderers.


During the course of a bridge game after dinner, our host is murdered - but by whom?  The sleuths decide to team up to solve the case, and Poirot is reduced to studying the bridge tallies, his knowledge of psychology, and "the little grey cells."


This was a nice little palate cleanser from a couple of heavy reads; though I wonder how it would read to someone unfamiliar with bridge.  (I grew up with it; my parents and grandparents played a lot of it when I was a a child.  But it is no longer the behemoth of popular card games it used to be.)