read this Agatha Christie with earnest. This is a classy Christie.
I liked that it began after the funeral of the victim. It
is a departure from most of her stories, which repetitiously
take place in a gathering of suspects and work toward a murder
mystery. This one begins with a gathering, but those attending
are not suspects until... the sister speaks out of turn by
saying, “But he was murdered, wasn’t he?”
Everyone is surprised by her statement, but because she has
a history of being mentally unstable no one gives it any thought
until...she is found murdered the next day in a cottage far
away. And so begins the beginning. Enter Poirot but not in
the usual way. He is not an eager detective but a slow thinker
in this mystery. The suspects are scattered about and must
be interviewed through other helpful hosts. He must gather
his information from a distance.
myself trying each individual based on their alibis, memorizing
clues and filtering out the red herrings. I was sure I could
figure this one out easily. It seemed such a simple task.
No. Wrong. This could be my favorite Poirot mystery.
characters are delicious, and her fans will love this old
reissue just as much as they did when they read it the first
time; new readers will quickly be hooked on the intrigue.
This is one to keep on the book shelf.
Reviews of other titles by this author
Affair of the Pink Pearl &
Finessing the King [audio]
Cottage and other Stories [audio]
Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
on the Orient Express 1 (Murder
in the Calais Coach)
on the Orient Express 2 (Movie Tie-In)
Murder on the Orient Express 3 (Movie
Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians)
the Light Lasts
Monogram Murders (w/Sophie Hannah)
Christie; An Autobiography
Christie: Murder in the Making