Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two thrillers; one a classic and one a contemporary YA thriller, but both excellent reads.


Title: The Mystery Of The Blue Train
(Hercule Poirot #6)
Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Classics, Mystery, Thriller
First published: March 29th 1928
Publisher: Harper Collins
Finished reading: March 22nd 2021 
Pages: 278

“A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can’t help looking like a sheep.”


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I’m slowly making my way through the Hercule Poirot books and I’ve been looking forward to meet up with the detective again… The Mystery Of The Blue Train is already book number six of the series, and the seventh Hercule Poirot book I’ve read so far. I have to say that I once again really enjoyed my time with the story! The setting in various cities in France probably has something to do with it, as I always love stories that make me travel, but I really liked the plot itself too. It has a bit of a locked room vibe with the murder happening on the train, and you also have the mystery of the missing jewel… Plus, we finally get to meet Katherine! I had a great time seeing both Hercule Poirot and Katherine slowly solve the mystery and I will definitely be looking forward to the next book now.


Title: One Of Us Is Next
(One Of Us Is Lying #2)
Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
First published: January 7th 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Finished reading: April 2nd 2021
Pages: 374

“But you can’t change the past, you know? All you can do is try harder next time. So don’t give up on yourself just yet.”


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I’ve been meaning to read One Of Us Is Next ever since it was first published over a year ago, and I still can’t believe it took me this long to actually pick up my copy. I really enjoyed the first book back when I read it, and I’ve been looking forward to return to the characters and town. I confess that I had forgotten about a lot of the details of the first book, but thankfully One Of Us Is Next can be read quite easily as a stand-alone or at least you will be able to get some idea of what happened in the first book from what is mentioned in this sequel. The plot itself is a variation of what happened in the first book, now with a Truth or Dare angle, and gives us a chance to meet up with a lot of the characters again. The story uses a multiple POV structure, and without doubt has quite a few plot twists, secrets and reveals in store. I have to say that at least part of the final twist came as a total surprise! One Of Us Is Next is another excellent YA thriller that mixes suspense with a dose of romance, high school drama and a race against the clock… It has once again shown me that I highly enjoy the way Karen M. McManus writes her stories and I really need to catch up with The Cousins before her newest title is published later this year.


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