Monday, August 30, 2021

The Witness for the Prosecution

Even though a short story Agatha Christie does know how to pack a punch. And give readers something to think about.


In The Witness for the Prosecution Mr Mayherne thought this case seemed dark, and the guilt of the prisoner, Leonard Vole was clad tight. But Mr. Mayherne had doubts has he was talking to Vole.

The story was that Vole killed an elderly lady, Miss. French. Because she was rich, lived alone, and eccentric. And had eight cats. Typical description you read.

So Mr Mayherne goes into lawyer mode to establish the things are wrong on what is said about Leonard Vole. The only reason he had anything to do with Miss. French is because of her money. He starts there. Who told you Miss. French was well off? My friend George Harvey of course. He probably won't remember it was some time ago.
Mr. Mayherne gets frustrated with Vole for not answering his questions seriously. I don't like the line you speak to me with. Mr Vole it is you that I look to guide me.
More gets out on he and Miss. French. Why was he there so long. Because Vole is a weak nature. One of those people who can't say No. She was worried about some investments and knew little of money matters. Vole's dealings with Miss French were perfectly fair and above board. He acted in her best interest. That will hardly do. Mr Vole its not up to the witness to find out who murdered victim. You need alibi.
Finally it comes out another excuse that Vole has an alibi, his wife Romaine. I was with her at the time of murder. As Vole spoke of Romaine that she is devoted to him. That she would do anything in the world for him. Mr Mayherne's heart sank.
Fact remains wife never met Miss French.
Mr Mayherne goes and questions wife but she would not make good witness since she admitted what she needed to say.
A letter gets written to Mr. Mayherne. If he wants to find out the truth he needs to go to the rental place to find out. He follows the lead. There is a letter....
How did you get this letter. Doesn't matter the old lady says. Just give me my money.

Trail begins wife is a witness. Fingers crossed. Wife tells her side. And as Mr. Mayherne looks at her he notices something.

The question remains did Romaine give enough testimony to make Leonard Vole not guilty? Or is he really guilty? hmm....

I give The Witness for the Prosecution  5-------->
Can't pass on Agatha Christie!


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Boardwalk Summer

At first reading this story I was intrigued. It had some mystery to it. At least I thought. 
A story of 2 women parallel in their lives. And a connection that they never dreamed.

Violet Harcourt a woman just wanting to live her life in love and happiness. Just like every other girl did in the 40's. But back then women also got married so they had someone to take care of them. 
Charles Harcourt, Violet thought he was the one. They had their home that overlooked the ocean. Was the safe haven that Violet longed for. But her home became her prison. She loved her husband and he loved her. But her life turned frightful.
 Those days things people just didn't say anything about abuse or anything personal that goes on in their lives.
So Violet took matters into her own hands.Knowing she wouldn't see her friend Evie and parents anymore. The tide came in violently inviting Violet to come closer to the edge. Til we no longer see Violet again.

And Marisol Cruz of Mexican descent. Worked in a cafe and supported her daughter. She lived with her parents. And were close to her grandparents. Always a dream to work at the museum. Being able to work on the boardwalk for their centennial. 
She noticed pictures, papers that her grandfather was in and picture of a woman that he actually knew.

Investigating and meeting a handsome man named Jason.
She found herself fighting to save a gazebo that meant so much to her through her grandparents. Since it was the few places that the Mexicans had to enjoy.
With his help she was able to confront and show her strengths.

Mari finds that Jason is related to this mystery. Violet comes back and Travis Harcourt's father wants a relationship with his granddaughter Lily. And Mari finds out who and how her grandfather knew Violet

The story is a sweet summer read!

I give Boardwalk Summer 4--------> 

I just wish it wasn't so packaged up.
I would read another book from this author.