A Book a Day - Day 18

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie



It was a bit difficult (massive understatement there) to pick just one for this challenge because this is one of my favourite genres. Whether it’s a straight up police procedural, a hard-boiled private investigator, or mixed in with sci-fi, steam-punk, paranormal, time travel or whatever, I love a good mystery.

So I’m going for my gateway drug.

Step forward Agatha Christie. If I hadn’t read her books, I would never have read such diverse authors as Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Jasper Fforde, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler, Sara Paretsky, Dennis Lehane, Malcolm Pryce, Dick Francis, Ian Fleming, Carl Hiaasen, Jim Butcher…. OK, you get the picture.

And I’ve chosen 4:50 from Paddington because when I read the book at the age of 13 or so, I had to go and get my dictionary because I didn’t know what ‘tontine’ meant. I like it when a book not only entertains me, but educates me as well.