My Week in Books: 13 January 2016

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found, about what I’ve been reading Now, Then & Next.


A similar meme,  WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Currently I’m reading two books:

The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble, subtitled A Personal History with Jigsaws. It’s a mix of memoir, Margaret Drabble’s own personal reflections on doing jigsaws and the history of jigsaws and of children’s games and puzzles. I’ve always loved doing jigsaws and I’m loving this book.

Death Comes As the End by Agatha Christie

I’m also in the middle of reading Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie. This is a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt, which despite its historical setting is a typical Agatha Christie mystery as members of a ka-priest’s family are murdered.

Then: this year I’ve been struggling to get rid of an awful cold which has turned into an irritating cough, which has meant that although I’ve still been able to read I haven’t managed to write about most of the books, including this one that I finished a few days ago:

A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern'¦

A Month in the Country by J L Carr. I love this little book set in the summer of 1920 when Tom Birkin, injured in the trenches in the First World War goes to a Yorkshire village to uncover a huge fourteenth century painting on the wall of the village church. A beautiful book! My post will follow soon.

Next – I been reading my way through Agatha Christie’s crime novels and I still have one more to read – Sparkling Cyanide, so that will be my next book.

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie


A beautiful heiress is fatally poisoned in a West End restaurant’¦ Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary ‘“ in solemn memory of Rosemary Barton who died at the same table exactly one year previously. No one present on that fateful night would ever forget the woman’s face, contorted beyond recognition ‘“ or what they remembered about her astonishing life.

19 thoughts on “My Week in Books: 13 January 2016

    1. Lipsy, I do enjoy reading Agatha Christie’s books – they’re quite short and I like the puzzles they pose. Hope you’ll enjoy reading them too.


  1. I hope your cold clears up soon. I always tend to have a lingering cough at the end of a cold which hangs around for weeks.
    I read my first Agatha Christie last year (Murder on the Orient Express) and want to read something else by her this year. I’ve been thinking about And Then There Were None after watching the BBC adaptation at Christmas.
    Here’s my WWW:
    Enjoy your reading this week 🙂


    1. Thanks, Cathy – the cold is still lingering, but at least I’m on the mend now! I saw the TV film of A Month in the Country too, which is what made me want to read the book.


  2. Sorry to hear about your rotten cold, Margaret. How miserable for you. I hope you feel better soon. Take care.

    I love the sound of Margaret Drabble’s jigsaw book. I may have to go looking for that… even though I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books for a couple of months. LOL


    1. Thanks, Cath. You could see if your library has the Drabble book – I borrowed this from my library. I’ve been resisting buying books too!


  3. Aren’t those lingering coughs the worst? I had a respiratory thing over the Christmas season and I thought it would never completely go away. Hope you recover for good very soon. Oh and I liked Sparkling Cyanide – isn’t that a great title?


  4. Those Agatha Christie books bring up good memories. I used to read a few (there were so many, I don’t think I could read them all!) when I was younger. Ah, good times.


  5. I think Sparkling Cyanide was the only Agatha Christie I’ve “solved” out of the 15 or so I’ve read. I was delighted! (I’m easily pleased!) I’ve got a few more on the shelf – you always need a few AC’s around! And I love some of the older covers you can get, especially in second hand/charity shops!


  6. Oh, sorry to hear you’ve been sick, Margaret! I hope you’re better soon. I also hope you’re enjoying the Christie; I always respected her for trying different kinds of novels, among many other things. And I like jigsaws, too!


  7. That Drabble book sounds apt. I’ve just finished a jigsaw and couldn’t find the last piece, we turned the place upside down and it was only after going over the carpet with my hands three times that I found it, well hidden in the pattern.


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