Friday, September 29, 2017

Best of the Bunch: September 2017

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in September.

I appear to be in a bit of reading slump, as this is the third month in a row with no 5-star or 4.5-star reads, and I only read five books this month. As part of my goal to read longer books this year, I spent several months plowing through Infinite Jest, and I'm now midway through Bleak House. Of the five I finished this month, there was only one that merited 4 stars, and it was another Hercule Poirot novel.

Unlike last month's pick, which was a change of pace for a Hercule Poirot book, Mrs. McGinty's Dead is a typical, solid Hercule Poirot mystery. You've got a cast of characters on whom suspicion is thrown pretty much equally, you've got a host of clues that don't all arrange themselves into sense until Poirot fits the pieces together for you, and you've got enough of a twist to be satisfying without feeling like it's too far-fetched to be realistic. We also get a visit from the always-entertaining Ariadne Oliver. The result is a not spectacular but ultimately satisfying mystery.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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