The Woman on the Orient Express Book Review

Now that I am on break, I have had plenty of time to read books that are not at all school related. My only problem was finding the right book–one that held my attention. I have felt like I have been in a reading slump since finishing Jocelyn Green’s latest novel, A Refuge Assured, back at the beginning of the semester. However, this slump, I am happy to announce, has been conquered. I finally found the perfect book.

The book is The Woman on the Orient Express by British author Lindsay Jayne Ashford. I received this book last year for Christmas and hadn’t had a chance to read it yet.



This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I knew the book was about Agatha Christie, the famous mystery writer. The one who wrote the intelligent Belgian detective Hercule Poirot with his “little grey cells,” the intuitive little old lady, Miss Marple from the cute picturesque town of St. Mary’s Mead, and the married private investigators, Tommy and Tuppence. I figured this book would be feature a murder in which Agatha Christie had to solve. But that wasn’t it at all.

Instead, the book was set right after Agatha’s mysterious disappearance in 1926 and involved her traveling to the Middle East via the train, the Orient Express. This train is very significant because she sets one of her Poirot mysteries onboard. This book is called The Murder on the Orient Express. It is an excellent book. I highly recommend reading it.

Ashford’s book is very interesting and well-written. It was neat reading a novel featuring Agatha Christie because she is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend it.

My only critique of the book is it could use a little more description, I think.



Brighton Belle and The Wilson Deception

IMG_0622Graduate school can be very stressful at times. Especially when one of your classes your professor decides to have a group project where each grad student has to supervise their group of undergraduates. To balance out the stress (and hopefully relieve said stress) it is crucial that you find some fun activities to do in between doing homework. Today I decided to go to the local library. I hadn’t been in a while and I wanted to check out their used bookstore, the Book Nook. I also wanted to check out from the library a book called Winston’s War by Max Hastings to see if I need to buy it in the future for my WIP.

I found two lovely mysteries by authors I have not heard of or read before. The first book is Bright Belle by Sara Sheridan and luckily this is the first book in the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series. Down below you will find the back cover description of the book as well as a photo of the cover.

Brighton Belle


 In post-World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue…
1951: In the popular seaside town of Brighton, it’s time for Mirabelle Bevan to move beyond her tumultuous wartime years and start anew. Accepting a job at a debt collection agency seems a step toward a more tranquil life.

But as she follows up on a routine loan to Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee who’s recently come off the train from London, Mirabelle’s instincts for spotting deception are stirred when the woman is reported dead, along with her unborn child.

After encountering a social-climbing doctor with a sudden influx of wealth and Romana’s sister, who seems far from bereaved and doesn’t sound Hungarian, Mirabelle decides to dig deeper into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Aided by her feisty sidekick—a fellow office worker named Vesta Churchill (“no relation to Winston,” as she explains)—Mirabelle unravels a web of evil that stretches from the Brighton beachfront to the darkest corners of Europe. Putting her own life at risk, she must navigate a lethal labyrinth of lies and danger to expose the truth.

If you have read my other posts on my author website History with Flair then you know that Churchill is my hero and I am interested in the Churchills and Britain during WWII. Even if the character is not related to Winston, the description really caught my eye.

The next book that caught my eye is The Wilson Deception by David O Stewart. I have also included the description of the book and a picture of the cover. Sadly, this is book two in the series. Book One is called the The Lincoln Deception and funny enough I checked out book one at my library back home but had to return it because it was due. I never got a chance to read it.

Wilson Deception

Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I, David O. Stewart reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protagonists of the acclaimed The Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery . . .

The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president’s own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, the president’s health could decide the fate of nations.

While Fraser investigates Wilson’s maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for twenty years. Speed Cook—ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights—is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser and his friend are soon embroiled in dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris. At stake is not only Joshua Cook’s freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe from plunging into another brutal war.

I can’t wait to sneak my teeth (so to speak) into these books when I am not busy with homework.