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The Agatha Christie Book Club [Kindle Edition]

C.A. Larmer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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When Alicia Finlay walks out on her boring old book club and decides to start a new one—one devoted to her favorite mystery writer Agatha Christie—little does she know her new club is about to stumble into a mystery of their own. It's a mystery so baffling it would leave even the Queen of Crime scratching her head...

After gathering seven crime buffs together—including young librarian Missy (as ditzy as Miss Marple and as sharp), fashionista Claire, paleontologist Perry (both stylish and fastidious like Poirot), dashing Dr Anders, a poisons expert, and socialite Barbara Parlour—Alicia grows suspicious when one of them fails to show for the next book club.
Barbara has disappeared from the face of the earth and her arrogant husband, Arthur, seems coldly unconcerned. The group suspects him of foul play until he suddenly shows up dead. With two baffling mysteries and time fast running out, the book club decides to do as the meddling Miss Marple would do and investigate!

So begins the first exciting instalment of the Agatha Christie Book Club (ACBC), a motley collection of amateur sleuths who use Christie as their guide to help solve a range of mysteries that fall into their lap. Following in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, the group must sort the clues from the red herrings to solve the murder of Arthur Parlour and determine what happened to his missing wife. Has she been brutally murdered or is she somehow, somewhere still alive?

Like Poirot before them, the ACBC uncover a stream of shifty suspects along the way including flirtatious housekeeper Rosa, sleazy tennis coach Jake, traitorous BFF Wanda, and impoverished brother Niles. They must also face each other because, as Alicia discovers, each of the book club members is hiding a secret of their own. Their secrets could jeopardize the case, or crack it wide open.

Returning to Agatha Christie's books time and again for inspiration and advice, the ACBC quickly unravel a baffling mystery that will leave readers guessing right until the end.

C.A. Larmer, author of the popular Ghostwriter Mystery novels, shines again in this exciting new series that is fun and easy to read with eclectic characters and a plot you simply can't put down.

Can you work the mystery out before the Agatha Christie Book club do?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992474310
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Larmer Media; 3 edition (8 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081S0K8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable read 10 Feb 2013
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As soon as I started reading this I was hooked and finished it in one sitting. I love how the author uses Agatha Christie's own mysteries to help the book club characters solve the their own. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie. In the past I have read books that have been described as 'homage to Christie' and have quite often been disappointed - being left with the sense that they have been little more than jealous swipes at Christie's storytelling and success. However, C A Larmer really left me with a sense of being a fellow-fan. The Agatha Christie Book Club is set in modern times, and I am glad that it is because, rather than trying to re-hash the golden age murder mystery (which doesn't always work), it has in my opinion brought 'golden age mystery' bang up to date so well. Christie will always be the 'queen of crime' as far as I am concerned, but this is most definitely a gem of a book for anyone who loves golden age detection, as do I.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Agatha Christie Book Club 24 Jan 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Alicia Finlay lives with her sister Lynette and dog Max in Sydney. Faced with the latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel, and disapproving members, at her book club, she decides to leave and read the books she wants to read - so she begins the Agatha Christie Book Club. She advertises and gains a mix of members: Claire Hargreaves, who runs a vintage clothes shop, the dishy Dr Anders Bright, housewife Barbara Parlour, paleontonolist Perry Gordon and gregarious librarian Missy Corner. One member, however, are not what they appear and when Barbara goes missing, Alicia decides to act sleuth and track her down.

This is a pleasant enough mystery, with lots of nods to Christie (probably my favourite author of all time) and her books. The real problem for me was that Alicia had only met Barbara twice and yet felt so responsible for her - including putting other members of the club in possible danger, badgering the missing woman's (unpleasant) family and becoming overly defensive if anyone questioned her role in the mystery. Alicia's intolerance made her less likeable and made the whole story feel rather forced. Saying that, it had a lot of positives and I would be intrigued to see if the author could make a second outing of the group more realistic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky modern twist on Christie 16 Jun 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed C A Larmer's attempt to bring Agatha Christie bang up to date. This is a novel full of Christie style twists and turns, with references to some of her best loved novels. Most enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Read 1 July 2014
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Really enjoyed this. I loved the characters and found the plot interesting and intriguing. It was a really fun read and I really enjoyed all the Agatha Christie quotes. I hope that there will be more books and this will become a series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little grey cells not working properly! 20 Nov 2013
By Pete F
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I enjoyed this book, being an Agatha Christie fan, but felt a little disappointed at the anti-climax of Alicia's meeting with the missing lady she had been looking for. I could see what was happening long before the amateur detectives of the Agatha Christie Book Club. For someone who is an avowed Agatha fan, I am surprised that Alicia Finlay didn't cotton on before she did about Barbara's disappearance. It didn't need a Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot or even a Tuppence Beresford to work out where she had gone and why. The clues were staring her, and us, in the face. It was obvious that the hydro referred to in the story was a spa and not a hydro-electric station. I hope by this review I haven't given the plot away too much but frankly, there isn't much to give away. Real-life Agatha fans will nod knowingly early on in the plot and question the competence of Alicia's little grey cells. The subplots could have done with being beefed up, too. These criticisms aside, I really did enjoy the book but if there is a sequel, the author should make the clues harder, the characters more rounded and less like cardboard cutouts, and add some atmosphere. Just because it is set in modern day Australia rather than the England of the 1920s and 30s, it doesn't mean that it can't be atmospheric. The real Agatha Christie novels had all these ingredients in abundance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Agatha Book Club 21 Oct 2013
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This is an interesting light read in the style of Agatha Christie using a lot of her plots and crimes throughout the book. It was quite funny in parts as the characters are very A.C. The plot is clever but simple and obvious when you get near the end. It is great for a quiet afternoon read on a rainy day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Totally Uninteresting 11 Aug 2013
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Not interesting..................Couldn`t be bothered to finish reading full story.

Would not recommend this book to anyone. In no way compares remotely to anything Agatha Christie ever wrote.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was disappointed an ok read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Curran
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as expected.
reasonably entertaining, nothing much in it. The plot is predictable and although the characters are reasonably likeable I did not get involved with any of them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather predictable
I'm afraid I guessed the plot quite early on, and whilst I did finish the book, I'm sorry to say that it didn't really engage me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tiger Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars The Agatha Christie Book Club
VERY GOOD READ, CHRISTIE READERS WILL ENJOY THE REFERENCES TO HER WORKS. IT WILL BE JUST AS ENJOYABLE TO NON CHRISTIE FANS.
Published 15 months ago by Peter Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Book Club
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is in the style of Agatha Christie, so it's nice light reading. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Margaret McC (Scotland)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea
I found the Australian idiom occasionally troublesome but not often enough to stop me reading. The plot is ingenious and I will say no more than that I did guess about half-way... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lacey Green
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Christie lovers
I mainly downloaded this because of the Agatha Christie connection, and I really enjoyed reading it.Such a light and easy read and loved all the characters. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mystery lover
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