What better there is in a terrible, cold, wet weather (when all day seems to be evening and you can't decide if the thing falling from the grey clouds is rain or snow) than taking a journey into a mystery novel set in sweet and fun Hawaii? Well, I can think of a lot of things that are great to do, but this was definitely one of them!
If you're familiar with the classic children's novel 'Pollyanna', you know very well what the so-called 'glad game' is. (I wasn't...embarrassingly I had to look it up...) If not, I'll tell you in a nutshell: it's making yourself think of something you can be glad about, even in the worst of situations. It's basically thinking positive... it's a game of optimism. So when I read the title and the description of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Glad Game' (and then went and read about who this Pollyanna girl is...) I knew that I must read a book where Sherlock meets this game and this girl! Cynical, rational Sherlock and naive, optimist Pollyanna interact...? It must be hilarious!
A soft blanket, a hot beverage, a nice autumn day and a cozy mystery set in my beloved Paris... it's all set to a wonderful reading time! Or so I thought...
I'm always a huge fan of mysteries but I feel like I read more crime/mystery/thriller books in the autumn... maybe it's the cold days, longer nights, the whole atmosphere... Anyways, 'Still Lives' is another mystery book I read this autumn, and here are my thoughts on it. Grab a coffee, sit, read, and maybe then we can even discuss it! 😉
In the autumn I get many times into crime story reading mood than usual (even though I'm really a huge fan of the genre, so that's something I do normally as well), so at this time of the year a cozy mystery is something I found myself contently doing. A hot coffee and a book, under a blanket... that's the dream! And I managed to live it for a little time, even though these are a very stressful and busy couple of weeks for me.
Well, looking at the cover, one ought to feel like 'Excellent Intentions' would be a nice autumn read! It was first published 80 years ago, but recently it was selected to be part of the British Library Crime Classics series, and it's published (with the new autumny cover!) again on the 2nd of October, 2018 - a.k.a. today!! If you feel like hearing about a crime story from the Golden Age in the company of your freshly brewed coffee, read my review about it!
If the cozy smell of boiling coffee fills the room, you might as well start to read this review I wrote about a mystery book, 'A Little Bird Told Me' which is available since September 13!