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Books 92 and 93

92. Peril and End House, by Agatha Christie. I've seen the David Suchet video version of this story twice, so it was interesting reading the book and picking up on all the little clues along the way. Without giving away too many spoilers, there's even a clue Hastings picks up early on -- and Poirot disregards. Heh! Christie is the mistress of the surprise endings and red herrings and I admit I did not see the ending coming the first time I watched the video.
In this story, the famous detective Hercule Poirot is faced with an unusual task -- he has to prevent the murder of a young, naive woman who has had a few too many "accidents" of late. The Belgian detective finds his "little gray cells" going into overtime as he tries to figure out a motive behind the attacks and who is responsible.

93. Cleveland's Greatest Disasters, by John Stark Bellamy II. This is a collection of 16 disaster tales, told from Bellamy's other considerable books on famous (and infamous) Cleveland-area events. This is a noce collection for local history buffs to have on hand. Bellamy had a narrative writing style that is easy to follow, filled with a dry wit and a no-holds barred attitude when reflecting on what went wrong. That is the tragedy in so many of these cases -- isn't that usually the case though? There were usually hints that something bad could happen, and they could have been prevented. The hardest story to read was the 1908 Collinwood Fire tragedy, where 172 died in a schoolhouse fire. Another heartbreaker was the 1916 waterworks collapse, and the story of arguably the biggest hero, inventor Garrett A. Morgan, whose invention -- the gas mask -- allowed the possibility for any rescue at all.
Tags: mystery, non-fiction
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