The Thirteen Problems (1932) – Agatha Christie

I’ve had so many books on the go, I haven’t been able to continue my exploration of Agatha Christie’s work, and was delighted when I had a chance to dig into one again. Her next published work was a collection of short stories, entitled The Thirteen Problems, which featured her other famous character, Miss Marple….

Partners in Crime (1929) – Agatha Christie

Tommy and Tuppence, who quickly became one of my favourite creations of Agatha Christie, first introduced in The Secret Adversary, are back in this collection of short stories, that are interconnected, as the married couple take on a number of cases. A Fairy in the Flat opens the book and reveals that Tommy is working…

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) – Agatha Christie

It’s been decades, literally decades, since I read an Agatha Christie novel, in fact I remember where I was, and though I don’t recall the title, I know that it was a Poirot mystery. Something tells me a teacher may have suggested them to me, or perhaps the school librarian. I was curious what I…

You Only Live Twice (1964) – Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming’s penultimate James Bond novel, there is one more to come, and then a collection of short stories, was the last one published before his death in August of 1964. Picking up nine months after the events of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service we find 007 a broken man. Still in a deep state…

Star Trek: Legacy (1991) – Michael Jan Friedman

More voyages with the starship Enterprise this week, as I dig into another of The Original Series novels from Pocket Books. Set during the original five year mission headed by Captain James T. Kirk, Friedman gives us a Spock story, that ties into his earlier missions with Captain Christopher Pike, who also makes appearances in…

Dr. No (1958) – Ian Fleming

I dig into another classic James Bond novel by Ian Fleming this week. Up this time is the sixth novel in the series, and one that served as the basis for the first film. The story stays fairly close to what has been explored in the film, with a subplot involving bird guano and conservation,…

V – The Series (1985) – The Rescue, and The Champion

How the mighty have fallen. V The Series continues this week, and is barely recognizable when compared to the two miniseries that inspired it. It is now all about the melodrama, and has lost any of its credibility as a struggle for the planet Earth. The Rescue was written by Garner Simmons and debuted on…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) – Peak Performance, and Shades of Gray

Captain’s log: stardate 42923.4 Peak Performance, which aired on 10 July, 1989 was penned by David Kemper and is a very enjoyable episode that sees the Enterprise being assigned a round of war games overseen by master strategist the rather prideful Sirna Kolrami (Roy Brocksmith). Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Riker (Jonathan Frakes) are paired against…

The Twilight Zone (1961) – A Game of Pool, The Mirror, and The Grave

Paramount Pictures just keeps guiding me deeper and deeper into the Twilight Zone with their Complete Series on blu-ray. This week’s trio of episodes are a lot of fun. First up is A Game of Pool, penned by George Clayton Johnson, this episode first aired on Halloween, 31 October, 1961. Honestly I would have expected…