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Curtain (Hercule Poirot, #42)

By Agatha Christie

Rating: 3 stars

At the twilight of his years, Hercule Poirot returns to the country house where he solved his first case and summons his old friend Hastings to help him solve one final crime.

I was a bit wary about this, since it was apparently published after her death, and posthumously published work is sometime not published for a reason. However, according to Wiki, it was written in the ’40s during the war when Christie was afraid for her life and she wanted to ensure that her most famous creation got a decent sendoff. When it became clear that she would be okay, she had the manuscript sealed away for 30 years and it was opened and published in the mid ’70s. As a result, this was written when Christie was at the height of her powers, with an excellent mystery that kept me guessing right to the end. The misdirection was very well done, with me smugly thinking that I had figured out who it was only to be completely wrong. A great whodunnit and a very appropriate final adventure for Hercule Poirot.

Book details

ISBN: 9780425173749
Publisher: Berkley
Year of publication: 1975

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