The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Historical Fiction

Ever since I saw the trailer, I decided I wanted to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before watching the actual movie. The title was funny and weird, and I’ve always loved stories about book clubs and people gathering together, so I thought this could be a nice change from all the murders and psychopaths. And it was! I loved this cute little story and I can’t wait to watch Lily James as Juliet, Matthew Goode as Sidney and, of course, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey.

When I started the book, I totally thought Dawsey was a woman (I’m sorry, I’m not used to this kind of weird names!) Then I went back and read the first two letters again, just in case I had missed any flirting! I’m talking about letters because this is an epistolary novel, so everything is told in letters. It was fun and refreshing, I don’t think I had read a book like this since Where Rainbows End.

Ultimately, this was the definition of a feel-good story. I loved Juliet’s voice, she was strong-willed and fun, she’s the kind of character I love to read about. My favorites, however, were Sidney and Isola, who were amazing supporting characters. The story dragged a bit in the middle, but overall, I found it to be really cute and charming.

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Agatha Christie Week: Crooked House & Ordeal By Innocence

Good morning and happy weekend to everyone! Today I wanted to talk about Agatha Christie… Some years ago, when I didn’t have this blog and a million books in my TBR, whenever I didn’t know what to read, I always chose a book by Agatha Christie because I knew I would be instantly hooked. I read many of them when I was about 12-13, but there are still too many I haven’t yet read.

This week, I happened to watch both a film and a miniseries based on two of Agatha Christie’s books. I loved them so much that I felt like I could spend the rest of my life watching Agatha Christie adaptations… 💜

The Crooked House

I know this movie came out a while ago, but in Spain, it was released only last week. I was excited because I hadn’t read the book (even though I own it) and the trailer looked awesome. After watching the film, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed! Not only I loved the main character (okay, I might love Max Irons), but his relationship with Sophia was interesting as well. You could feel the tension between them.

The mystery was so gripping: everyone had their reasons, but who killed Leonides? The new wife? The sister-in-law? The sons? The big house was the perfect setting for a mystery like this and I honestly had no idea of who the killer was… The ending was perfection, I never saw that coming!

Ordeal By Innocence

The day after watching The Crooked House, my boyfriend and I decided to watch the new Agatha Christie adaptation: Ordeal By Innocence. I didn’t even know about the existence of this book but I can tell you now that this is already one of my favorite stories by her!

This series was beautifully filmed, and it was so so so creepy that I was in love within the first 5 minutes. Moreover, I want to highlight two performances: the first one is Matthew Goode’s (who happens to be one of my favorite actors ever since I fell in love with him in Match Point and Chasing Liberty). He was incredible here, and so despicable! The second one is Anthony Boyle’s, and I’m telling you, this Irish actor is amazingly talented and if he doesn’t become a big movie star in the next few years, I will be angry! His Jack Argyll was unforgettable.

This time, we were pretty sure about the killer’s identity but that didn’t bother us one bit. The last scene gave me all the chills and I would watch this series again in the future, so yes, that is how much I loved it.

Have you watched any of these adaptations? Have you read the books? What did you think?

4 TV Shows for Crime Fans

Hello 🧐 Happy Saturday! These last few months I’ve been watching many tv shows and today I wanted to talk about four of them that I think you might like if you enjoy crime fiction (I know most of you do!) Feel free to recommend me similar shows if you think I’m missing out!

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If you haven’t watched The Alienist yet, you have the chance when it comes to Netflix on April 19th. This a 10-episode show (I’m not sure if it’ll be renewed) that tells the story of Lazslo Kreizler, an “alienist’ living in XIX’s New York. Alienists were like psychiatrists, and the show is like Mindhunter or Criminal Minds but set in the 1800s. The whole season revolves around a case (rather gross), and Lazslo will investigate it thanks to the help of newspaper illustrator John Moore, and police secretary Sara Howard. It’s dark, addictive and twisty, and, not that it will matter to everyone, but it stars my husband Daniel Brühl 😉

Perfect for fans of psychology, historical fiction and stories like Jack the Ripper

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Bosch is based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series and although I’ve watched the last 2 seasons this past month, I actually started when it was released. Next season is released in just five days and I couldn’t be more excited! Each season follows a different case for our favorite detective, but there are some storylines that appear during the whole show. I love Bosch, his partner Jerry Edgar, and Grace. I could watch an episode after another and never get tired.

Perfect for fans of police procedurals, L.A, and a charismatic tortured detective.

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If you want something shorter, Strike is only 7-episodes long. It covers all three books by JK Rowling and whenever she writes another, they will film the next season. I love this one especially because of the characters, they’re a great team and I love their relationship (not romantic… yet?). The series is located in London, and the cases can be dark, but Robin and Cormoran’s relationship makes me smile every now and then, so it’s all good.

Perfect for fans of PIs, UK fiction, and JK Rowling, of course

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Frankie Drake Mysteries was an absolute delight and I think it might be my favorite thing this past week. This TV show is set in Canada and features Frankie Drake, the first female private detective. She’s incredibly AMAZING, and her partners Trudy and Mary are equally fascinating as well. This is one of those light-hearted, funny shows, where mysteries are not dark at all, but I’ve watched all 11 episodes in a matter of days. If I had to choose a fictional character to turn myself into, I’d definitely choose Frankie. And can I get Hemingway too?

Perfect for fans of cozy mysteries, strong heroines, and the 20s.

 

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction

The German Girl was a beautiful historical book set in 1939 and telling the story of Hannah (and Leo), who suddenly see their lives change when the Nazi rise to power. Hannah, her family, and her friends decide that they will move to Cuba, a place that is supposed to welcome them with open arms… or maybe not? At the same time, we learn about Anna, a twelve-year-old girl living in Manhattan who suddenly receives a letter from a distant relative from Cuba…

This book was indeed similar to The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, but, perhaps because I read those first, or because it wasn’t the right moment for me, I didn’t fall in love with this one as much as I did with the others. Something was lacking. At the same time, I need to say that I felt deeply moved by this novel and the fact that it was based on real events, but I found the present storyline to be pretty dull in comparison to Hannah’s perspective. Her relationship with Leo was so beautiful… And what about that ending? The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa is the perfect book for those who’re looking for a story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking.

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Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2013
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I read and loved the first Tessa Leoni book many years ago, but I hadn’t continued with the series. I bought Touch & Go a long time ago and last week I finally decided it was time to read it. It didn’t take me long, as this was a fast-paced thriller, more action than mystery, I guess, and everything was thrilling and intense. I liked it and had a great time with it, but I didn’t love it as much as Lisa Gardner’s Love You More, which I still remember fondly.

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner is the perfect book for those days when you want something to grab you. You know it’s never going to get boring. It’s a unique kidnapping case where the whole family is held hostage and no one seems to know the reason why. As you can imagine, the family has a lot of secrets… It’s an addictive book. And Tessa Leoni’s interactions with the rest of the characters were fun to read, especially now that she’s a private investigator. Have you read more books in the Tessa Leoni series?

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