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Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Books that pleasantly surprised me

 I had to think about this topic from Long and Short Reviews, as it's been a while since any book has pleasantly surprised me. When I choose a book I tend to read reviews first and also download the sample, so I don't buy it unless I'm sure I'm going to like it. It's more likely that I'll be deceived by the sample and end up unpleasantly surprised.

However, I will admit to one.

Other than Agatha Christie, I'm not one for crime fiction, even cosy crime fiction. However, when I heard Richard Osman had written a book, I decided to give it a go. I took a chance and pre-ordered "The Thursday Murder Club" and crossed my fingers it would be good.

And I'm now three books in and have the fourth on pre-order. It was that good.

I'm still not into crime fiction. But the characters in Osman's series are so engaging and the plots so entertaining that I make an exception for him.

So which book were you pleasantly surprised by?


  1. I'm not really a crime fiction fan either, but I've read a couple of short stories by Agatha Christie and enjoyed them. Also, I've read The Thursday Murder Club and really enjoyed that , too. I'm yet to read the sequels but they are on my list.

  2. That’s pretty cool, Tanith! I don’t read crime fiction much either, but some of it is great.


  3. Oh, I love when that happens! I'm also cautious about which books I buy, trying to make sure I'll love it, but it's always nice when one ends up even better than expected!

    1. I've been unpleasantly surprised often enough that I'm very cautious now.