I got my love of reading from my sister Gigi. She was known as ‘the bookworm’ when we were growing up. English is our second language but my sister speaks it as if it is her first. Her love for books and her love for reading built her vocabulary and she became even more confident at speaking it. For most of our childhood she was called ‘the Grammar Teacher’ because she would us if we got our grammar or pronunciation wrong. (She still does it even today and to strangers too!)

Growing up I have always looked up to my sister and her love of books and reading got me excited about books. Soon I had my own interest in the types of books I  loved to read. I read all sorts of books, but my favorite genre is ‘Murder Mysteries’ and Agatha Christie is one of my most favorite crime writers. I love  Agatha Christie because what made her stories stand out were, the characters. She created memorable characters that any reader could relate to. Her two most popular characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie is recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels, have sold more than 4 billion copies. ‘And Then There Were None’ is her best selling novel of all time having sold over 100 million copies. Her novels have also been translated into over 100 languages making her the most translated author.

Apart from reading murder mysteries I also love to watch them. I am currently watching ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ an Australian television drama series. The series is based on the author Kerry Greenwood. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries revolves around the personal and professional life of Phyrne Fisher a glamorous private detective in Melbourne.

I am also watching ‘Midsomer Murders’ a British TV detective drama based on Caroline Graham’s ‘Chief Inspector Barnaby’ book series.The stories are set in modern-day England and revolve around Tom Barnaby’s efforts to solve numerous murders that take place in the idyllic, picturesque but deadly villages of a fictional county of Midsomer.


‘The Third Girl’,  “a young woman arrives at Poirot’s apartment announcing that she may have committed a murder. She says little more, then rushes off without giving her name. It transpires that the girl is called Norma Restrict, and came tot the detective via his good friend Ariadne Olive. Now Poirot and Mrs. Oliver must investigate, not to find the missing Norma but also to discover whether a crime has been committed at all, and if so by whom… “(extract from the book)

I got my book ‘Third Girl’ from the Novel Idea Book Store, at the Slipway in Dar es Salaam. I plan to get this whole collection.

What are you currently reading?

Please share with me and maybe we can start a Mint and Tea Book Club