Pages: 265 (828)
Blurb: Elderly Emily Arundell dies in the small village of Market Basing and leaves a very surprising will. Shortly before her death she wrote to Hercules Poirot, but the letter was delayed, so the great detective arrives on the scene to find the old lady dead, and immediately joins an investigation into her murder...
Thoughts: Gosh was I disappointed with this book. Firstly, I felt quite misled as many articles about the book said it was from a more interesting POV - it wasn't. I can also see why the characters were altered for the television adaptation. Hardly any were likeable and I was glad to finish it.
3. Raven Black - Ann Cleeves
Pages: 390 (1218)
Blurb: It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of colour on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance.
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community.
For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst...
Thoughts: At first, I wasn't expecting to like this book. I watched the adaptation's of the Shetland novels on the BBC and adored them (Dougie Henshall is just fabulous) and I could see instantly the books were completely different. However, I loved this. The differences were many, but it didn't matter - both TV programme and books can stand alone.I really liked Cleeves' writing style. It was captivating and written in such a way that you wanted to keep reading. There were subtle clues and excellent character development which made it so enticing to keep on reading. Really looking forward to reading the other books in the series and to start the Vera novels, also by the same author. The book has also cemented my desire to visit Shetland which is so beautifully described. It really is amazing that Cleeves has never actually properly been to Shetland!