(more or less): I'm moving at 10am tomorrow and have hardly had a moment to read, but yesterday I picked up a used copy of an Agatha Christie novel called Towards Zero to run my eye over while I ate a bite of lunch, and finished it later because those books are tiny and it seemed justifiable. I'd read this one before, but not for a long time; classic Christie super-stylized country-house thing, complete with the unthinking class prejudice that makes them seem like they're from a different planet. Almost like science fiction, really.
The most charming thing is that it's a little paperback from the early 70s, and there's a hilarious ad in the middle on glossy paper. "What a good time for all the good things of a Kent," says a small slogan at the top of the page; then a crazy photo of a Partridge-family-style blonde lounging with a book in one hand and a burning cigarette in the other and a really demented smile on her face. "Cozy 'n Kent!" Those were the days. The wallpaper in the background is excellent too.