Road Trip Reads

19 Oct

My husband and I have found that listening to audiobooks makes the miles fly by in an otherwise boring trip. We are hooked on Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot series and are slowly working our way through. The funny little man with the big mustaches and the egg-shaped head has become a big favorite with us. The past two weekends found us traveling to family events and a football game in Mississippi. Here are the three books that accompanied us:

UnknownIn the classic The Big Four, the great Poirot is caught up in a deadly game of international intrigue as he races to uncover the strange mystery of “Number Four.”

This novel was originally published as a series of short stories. The book develops through various cases brought before Poirot and Captain Hastings. They are always just one step behind the 4 masterminds of crime and conspiracy. This one combines the mystery and spy novel genres and was my husband’s favorite.

 

51eWhCRMNPL._SX306_BO1,204,203,200_Murder on the Orient Express. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime.

Poirot uses all of his detection skills in this novel. A fun whodunit in which everyone is suspect, but the means and motives are obscure. This one kept us guessing and puzzling.

UnknownIn the Christie classic Peril at End House, a young woman who has recently survived a series of very close calls appears to be the target of a dedicated killer—and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to save her life.

Poirot and Hastings are back together in this novel with a big twist at the end. We have grown quite fond of the detecting duo, although we are not sure just why Hastings puts up with Poirot. 😉

 

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4 Responses to “Road Trip Reads”

  1. Carole October 19, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    We don’t travel much, but did listen to an audio book once – a Miss Marple, I think. There must be a knack to it that I haven’t discovered, but I just couldn’t concentrate enough to keep up with the plot. Glad you’re enjoying Poirot, though! He’s a charmer and I love watching his movies.

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    • rbclibrary October 19, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      You do have to be in the mood. We have to take breaks when our attention starts to wander. But attempting to solve the mystery does make for lively discussion. Our youngest son is hooked too. He listened to one of the Poirot books on his way to the football game this past weekend. I regularly listen to an audiobook on my morning walks. It keeps me motivated.

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  2. Sue Wendt October 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    My husband and I also like audio books when traveling. He prefers nonfiction, but maybe some classic mysteries would be a good idea.

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    • rbclibrary October 21, 2015 at 6:32 am #

      Sue, my husband was reluctant at first and my son rolled his eyes at us oldsters listening to an old book. But both are now hooked. The length of the Christie audiobooks (5-6 hours) is perfect for us. Plus we talk a lot about the book — the mystery of course, but also things we didn’t know and had to google. Definitely give them a try.

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