In the last 20 years or so, the whales have come back, and this time of the year they come close to our shores.
I've had a fairly active blogging week as you will see.
This week's posts
- Who brings Hercule Poirot to life best?
Another poll. This time focussing on HP. I'm sure you have an opinion.
- Weekly Geeks, 2009-24: Trivia - The Answers
My WG Trivia were 10 questions on Agatha Christie novels and characters.
- Reprise: Review: SHADOW, Karin Alvtegen
Earlier in the week I had written a review of SHADOW. Then I discovered an online tool that allowed me to turn my text into a movie. Just a bit of fun. Does it work for you?
- Forgotten Book: THE CHALK PIT MURDER, Edgar Lustgarten
Each week I participate in Forgotten Books, using a book recorded in my "little green book". Even back in the 1970s I was hooked on crime fiction.
- What kind of transportation are you?
One of those online tools that tells you who you are.
- The CWA International Dagger short list - my updated list
I've read 5 out of 6 so far, so here is my ranked list.
- Review: SHADOW, Karin Alvtegen
One of the contenders for the CWA International Dagger. Another very strong entry.
- A Dozen of my best
My top 12 crime fiction reads so far this year.
- When listening gets complicated
You'll have to read this to see what it is about.
Sending books to others from Australia? Allow time - we are on the other side of the rest of the world!
- 21st Book Review Blog Carnival
- Sarah Weinman discusses Fred Vargas
- Orange Prize Winner announced
- NYT - verdict on Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple
- South African crime fiction
- Scandinavian Crime Fiction News
- No 4th book from Stieg Larsson
- Who most looks like "your" Miss Marple?
- P.D. Martin has new web site
- New Peter Temple novel in October
- now - THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, Stieg Larsson
- in the car - LUCIFER'S SHADOW, David Hewson
As you can see Joan Hickson was the popular choice.
I must admit that surprised me. I expected more to choose Geraldine McEwan.
I have been wondering whether Julia McKenzie will come to regret her decision to become the next. I bet she never imagined the public analysis of her performance that has just begun.
How about this comment in the NYT: "But oddly — and disappointingly — it’s Ms. McKenzie who seems older in the role. Ms. McEwan’s Marple could come off as dotty and cloying, but that was part of a vigorous strategy to rout wrongdoers and set the world straight; she was a steel fist in a white lace glove. In Ms. McKenzie’s quieter portrayal, the character seems less fragile, but also less determined, and therefore less engaging. Where Ms. McEwan was skeptical, Ms. McKenzie is wistful; dought has turned to doubt."
So this week's poll asks you to choose among 6 contenders for the best depiction of Hercule Poirot. I discovered that there have been many actors who have played HP.
I'm sorry if I've left your favourite out. Do drop in and vote and comment.