This is my first Agatha Christie book.
This book features her sleuth Hercule Poirot. The formula is very "Murder She Wrote"- though obviously she did it first, or at least earlier.
You're introduced to various characters who reveal some things about their predilections, their prejudices, their squabbles and affairs.
Then, a murder happens and duhn duhn duhn...
the resident sleuth interviews the witnesses and then pulls together this string of seemingly disconnected clues to show us the murderer.
When I watched Murder She Wrote back in the day (my parents, and especially my grandmother loved it) I remember thinking: everywhere this woman goes there is a murder.
And somehow nobody ever questions whether or not she is the murderer.
Seriously, she shows up in town and someone dies. Every. single. time.
How does she get invited anywhere?
I loved the book, and it really made me want to visit a seaside town and hang out with a unique cast of characters (though not so much on the murder part).
The style of the book was really dated in some ways, especially the presentation of quotes.
For example, the speaker would be listed, with a colon, and then the quote. Like this--
Patrick Redfern murmured mechanically:
'Yes, yes- whatever you think is best.'
That was a little distracting and it reminded me that there are trends in writing that change over time. No better, no worse, just different.
I loved the book! Yes, it was obviously from a different era but the mystery was spot on. I love when a mystery gives enough clues to make you feel as if you could have solved it, but that you were just two steps behind the sleuth.
It's no wonder she's the beloved author of 80 novels. Yes, you read that correctly: 80! We need to up our game.
Have you read any Agatha Christie? What's your favorite of her many books?
Which Dr Who companion do you like best?