Deal Me In Challenge 2023

Deal Me In Challenge

Deal Me in Challenge 2023 and again, I stubbornly continue to participate, even though I finish less and less of the selections each year.  Last year, I think I finished one selection (shame!) but even so, I was encouraged by my amount of reading in 2022.  In 2021, I managed to finish 12 books but in 2022 I finished 32.  I think I can keep up that pace and even improve it, so with that in mind, if I concentrate some of my energy on this challenge I should be able to read ….. well, at least more than one!

I kept the same list as last year to save time; better to spend the time saved reading, I think.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express: “It was five o’clock on a winter’s morning in Syria.”

Also Published as:  Murder in the Calais Coach

Detective: Hercule Poirot

Published: January 1934

Length: 265 pages

Setting:  Aleppo, Syria; Stamboul (Istanbul), Turkey; somewhere in Yugoslavia


In Murder on the Orient Express, after travelling from Aleppo to Istanbul, Hercule Poirot receives a telegram to return home and he books passage on The Orient Express, a well-known passenger train. Also onboard are:

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss“A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.”

In The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot takes the reader into a lazy, peaceful part of England, where life is lived in a slow reverie with the river ebbing and flowing and yet hard work and struggles can be at the forefront of existence.  Yet within the scenery and the everyday monotony, there are people who live their lives with hopes and cares, frustrations and joys, dreams and tragedies.

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