Murder on the Orient Express Book Tag

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I took part in reading for the #ChristiesMissing2021 readathon last month and had a great time getting back into Agatha Christie. I picked up Midwinter Murders (a mixbag of Christie detectives and short stories) and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, as well as watching a ton of the adaptions.

I definitely plan to carry on with working through the Poirot and Marple book I haven’t read this year.

However, I didn’t have time to squeeze in any of the tags I spotted going round, so today I’m playing catch-up and trying out @Hungry Bookworm‘s Murder on the Orient Express Book Tag.

MRS HUBBARD – A multi dimension book.

This is such a tricky question to start with! I think a lot of the books I pick up are multidimensional, in that there’s often a lot going on ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the plot. I think the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is a great example, as there’s always some kind of social commentary colouring the fantasy and humor. One of the best for this is Monstrous Regiment. It’s fabulous anyway, but it uses the story to take swipes at gender roles, patriarchy, organised religion and war.

COL. ARTHBUTNOT – A book with a love affair or mistress.

I don’t read a lot of romance, so I don’t remember if I’ve ever read one specifically with a mistress/ affair trope, so instead here a couple of recent romances I’ve enjoyed

An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

MR RATCHETT – A book you love to hate.

I mention this all the time for this sort of question, which seems a little mean, but I really did enjoy hate-reading Mistletoe Murder. The series is hugely popular, but personally rubbed me the wrong way.

PRINCESS DRAGAMIROFF – A book that has been moldering on your shelves for a while.

I think this is the one I’ve had the longest, and I always forget to read it, but The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek.

BEDDOES – A book with the main character in service .

Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones is a standalone in her Alpennia series. The main character Roz, works in service part-time while apprenticing to a dress-maker. There’s a lot of magic in this book but also a lot of the little details of her day-to-day worklife tasks. This was a fabulous historical fantasy, and a great way of dipping my toe into this series.

THE TRAIN – Another book that features a train.

First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike #3) by Robin Stevens is another mystery (a Middle Grade) that actually happens on The Orient Express. I adored this series and, even though this is the third book, it’d be a perfectly great place to start.

YUGOSLAVIA – This does not exist anymore, but choose a non fiction book about Yugoslavia or a novel set in a Slavic country.

I’ve not read any books set specifically in former Yugoslavia (that I recall) but I have a couple of favourites from other Slavic countries. All three are fantasy, and use Slavic folklore to weave through the story.

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

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