Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around another dose of Hercule Poirot I ended up having a great time with and a romance story that was a perfect fit for me.


Title: The Big Four
(Hercule Poirot #5)
Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Classics, Mystery, Thriller
First published: January 27th 1927
Publisher: HarperCollins
Finished reading: January 23rd 2021
Pages: 227

“If one man does not make a move, the other must, and by permitting the adversary to make the attack one learns something about him.”


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I always enjoy meeting up with Hercule Poirot again and decided to turn book number five into my first classic of 2021. I’m hoping to read quite a few more of these by the end of the year! The Big Four turned out to be another very entertaining read with both Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings in the spotlight. I’ve grown fond of both characters and I love just how instantly you can recognize Poirot makes his entrance by the way he speaks and acts. His manner of deduction always makes the stories that much more entertaining to read, and they definitely have an interesting and dangerous case on their hands. It’s without doubt one of the cases I enjoyed reading about most! Multiple victims, multiple locations, a dangerous international cartel… Oh yes, The Big Four will most definitely have its share of action as well as quiet observations and already made me crave the next dose of Poirot.


Title: The Match
(It Happened In Charleston #1)
Author: Sarah Adams

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: May 30th 2020
Finished reading: January 25th 2021
Pages: 282

“The first steps into change are always the hardest.”


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The Match has been recommended to me by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse and it turned out to be the perfect romance match for me! It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of steamy scenes and adult content in my stories, but it’s also true that I have been craving more contemporaries and romance reads since the first lockdown last year. And it seems like I have found another author that can really make me fall in love with the genre! Sure, there is no doubt that The Match is considerably cheesy and has quite a few cliches. Sure, the ending can be considered sappy and too-good-to-be-true. BUT. I personally honestly didn’t care as I was having too much fun along the way. There was just something about both the characters and the writing itself that made me warm up to the story straight away… The fact that there is a lot of focus on dogs and that the story has a disability rep is of course a big bonus too. If you don’t mind the cliches and are simply looking for an adorable, fluffy and feel-good romance story, The Match will be a good fit for you as well.


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