What mystery books would one recommend to someone who hasn’t read any mysteries since Sherlock Homes and Nero Wolf?

If you’re looking for screwball comedy with a sassy characters, I like Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben and Elmore Leonard. For tightly drawn suspense, there’s Lee Child, Walter Mosley and Lisa Scottolione.  Happy reading.


The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, I think by Alan Bradley, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, by Sarah Caudwell; Margery Allingham, the Inspector Morse series by Dexter, to name a few of my favorites.


For Beginners in mysteries, these should help:
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by PD James.
The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell
Any books by John Dickson Carr & Agatha Christie


I fell in love with Poison for the Prince: An Italian Renaissance Mystery,and all the other novels in the Sigismondo series of novels by Elizabeth Eyre. That’s actually a pen name for 2 authors: Jill Staynes and Margaret Storey. While reading them, I sometimes envisioned Bruce Willis playing the lead character. The other book titles follow the same naming pattern: Curtains for the Cardinal, Death of a Duchess, Axe for an Abbott. I discovered them by perusing the library.

This whodunnit’s lead character is sort of a blend of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver and James Bond.

 

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Which phone is better Lenovo Vibe X3 or Moto X Play?

I have used Moto X Play 32GB(after theft) now I m using Lenovo Vibe X3 32GB. And according to me Lenovo Vibe X3 is a clear winner.

I will give points for pros in square bracket and you can decide the clear winner in the end.

PLATFORM:

Lenovo Vibe X3

OS

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) update available for Marshmallow 6.0.1

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 [ +1]

CPU

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 [+1]

GPU

Adreno 418 [+1]

Moto X Play

OS

Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) update available for Marshmallow 6.0.1

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 (Chipset has heating issues, you can google it)

CPU

Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 [+1] & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU

Adreno 405

DISPLAY:

Lenovo Vibe X3

Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~70.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch

Yes, Touch up to 10 fingers [+1]

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

MOTO X Play

Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~74.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)(Doesn’t matter human eye can only detect 300 ppi pixel density) [+1]

Multitouch

Yes, Touch up to 5 fingers

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

MEMORY:

Moto X Play

Card slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) [+1] (It can use both slots for sim 1 and sim 2 as well as memory card)

Internal

32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM

Lenovo Vibe X3

Card slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal

32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM [+1]

CAMERA:

Moto X Play

Primary

21 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,

Video

1080p@30fps, captures HD video

Secondary

5 MP, f/2.2

Lenovo Vibe X3

Primary

21 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, Sony IMX230 sensor (compared with DSLR camera) with hybrid autofocus phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash [+1]

Video

2160p@30fps, captures 4K videos [+1]

Secondary

8 MP [+1]

BODY:

Moto X Play

Dimensions

148 x 75 x 10.9 mm (5.83 x 2.95 x 0.43 in)

Weight

169 g (5.96 oz) [+1] (Plastic Body)

SIM

Nano-SIM

– Water repellent nano-coating (IP52 certified) [+1]

Lenovo Vibe X3

Dimensions

154 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm (6.06 x 3.01 x 0.37 in) [+1]

Weight

175 g (6.17 oz) (As the dimension is more and it has metal body for premium looks, weight may be the factor)

SIM

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

COMMS:

Moto X Play

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio [+1]

USB

microUSB v2.0

Lenovo Vibe X3

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot [+1]

Bluetooth

v4.1, A2DP, LE [+1]

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC

Yes

Infrared port

Yes [+1]

USB

microUSB v2.0

SOUNDS:

Moto X Play

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Lenovo Vibe X3

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

Yes

– Dolby Atmos ( This is the main reason why I got this phone, you will feel like god when you listen to music, watch movies or video with good quality headsets) [+1]

It has DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) technology which you won’t get at such price rates. I can give unlimited points on this but to be biased I will give just 1 point.

Turbo Hi-Fi [+1]

– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

BATTERY:

This is really tricky part of this phone, as Moto X Play has heating issues and the tall claims made by company regarding battery life which will last for more than a day is false. No matter how much big battery you have even 10000 mAH battery won’t last a day if your phone has heating issues and after upgrading to MM version Moto X Play started to drain more faster. But still I have to give a point to Moto X Play just to show the bigger battery on paper.

Both have fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0) but depend on the fast charger you use.

Moto X Play

Non-removable 3630 mAh battery [+1]

Lenovo Vibe X3

Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery

FEATURES:

Moto X Play

Sensors

accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Lenovo Vibe X3

Fingerprint [+1], Auto Record calls [+1], Smart answer (answers call automatically when placed near your ears) [+1], Smart switch (switches to earpie mode during speaker phone when the device is raised near your ear) [+1], High sensitivity touch (you can operate screen while wearing gloves) [+1], accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.

Last but not the least one of my fav. feature VR mode. Awesomeness is only the one word you can use here if you compare this feature. [+1]

If you buy Lenovo Vibe X3 just don’t forget to buy best quality VR headsets to get the super 3D feeling.

Now let me put the points which will prove who is the clear winner.

Moto X Play Points : 7 points

Lenovo Vibe X3 Points : 19 points

Please do tell me if I missed any point. Hope this review has helped you and made clear winner. As both are good flagship phones in it’s own way. But in the end we all deserve the best.

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