Six degrees of separation: Christmas in Monte Cristo


Six degrees of separation:
Christmas in Monte Cristo!

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a title containing the word Christmas  and ended up in  Monte Cristo!
This is really fun, you never know where you’ll end up.

Here are my own quirky rules:

1, Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

  A Christmas Carol     Very French Christmas Cover     A Very Expensive Poison   A is For Arsenic

    Agatha The Real Life of Agatha Christie  The Black Count

1. A Christmas Carol = I confess I have never read it! But as we usually watch a version of it every year, maybe this time I’ll listen to it. Any favorite narrator recommended? I’m sure a zillion did it.

2. A Very French Christmas = I enjoyed a lot this collection of French Christmas short stories, by famous or less famous authors.

3. A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West = this one is on my TBR. I think it should be fascinating, combining true crime and recent events.

4. A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie = also on my TBR. I really enjoy classic mysteries, and Christie is known for the vast variety of poisons used in her novels and short stories, so I’d like to know more about that.

5. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie =  I read this beautiful graphic novel two years ago, and realize now I haven’t done a post on it yet! I plan to, as I have saved some great illustrations on my computer for it.
The author has a fun way to tackle the topic of Christie’s hate and love relationship with her character Hercule Poirot. Very well done, content and illustrations!

6. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo = I so enjoyed this book! It’s on the real person who inspired the character of the Count of Monte Cristo, and all the historical events around him. Very rich book.


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Book review: The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

(Hawthorne #1)

by  Anthony Horowitz

Genre: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 390

Author’s website


It’s hard to believe: I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed five books by Anthony Horowitz, and only talked to you about The House of Silk, on this video. This summer was totally crazy, so this could partly explain why I recently read two other mysteries by him and did not write about my experience. I actually wonder if a deeper reason could be that I was so stunned by the quality of the book that I didn’t know how to start reviewing it. I’m still very much aware my two-cents sound very poor to give you an idea of the greatness of The Word is Murder, but let’s try anyway.  Click to continue reading

Book review: The Mystery of Three Quarters

The Mystery of Three Quarters

by  Sophie Hannah
HarperCollins/William Morrow

Genre: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 368

Author’s website


I discovered Sophie Hannah a few years ago with The Monogram Murders, and her take on Poirot’s stories was delightful. I’m back for The Mystery of Three Quarters, her third mystery in the series. As a reminder, this author is I believe the only author who’s received the official permission to write new episodes with the famous Belgian detective, mais oui mes amis ! Click to continue reading