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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

Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot, #28)

By Agatha Christie

Rating: 2 stars

A young bride is suddenly left fabulous wealth when her new husband dies in an air-raid, causing his relatives to lose out on money that had been promised to them; a stranger is murdered and a whole sequence of other events bring Hercule Poirot to investigate, but can he untangle the knots?

I felt that the writing in this book wasn’t particularly sophisticated, and it felt clunky at times. Poirot himself wasn’t introduced until the second half of the book (apart from a cameo in the prologue), the first half being used to set the stage and perhaps the book suffered a bit because of that.

But through it all, Christie is still good at what she does, and I was kept guessing as to the identity of the murderer right to end. She’s good at misdirection and setting pins up only to knock them down (either that or I’m rubbish at whodunnits, or both). So not great writing but a good whodunnit.

Book details

ISBN: 9780007121014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Year of publication: 1948

The Hollow (Hercule Poirot, #26)

By Agatha Christie

Rating: 3 stars

I must admit that I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for M. Hercule Poirot and I enjoyed this mystery. I’ve never been very good at guessing whodunit and I was completely deceived in this case. A good story with interesting characterisation, although painted with broad brush strokes.

Book details

ISBN: 9780007121021
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year of publication: 1946

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