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Entertaining, though with outrageous coincidences
on 10 March 2012
This is not your usual Christie "who dunnit" and that makes a nice change. After a slow start, the book evolves into an enjoyable tale about a mysterious and highly successful gang of thieves, and it features a hugely likeable central character in Chief Inspector Davey (Miss Marple is a fairly minor character for most of the book). The book relies on some outrageous coincidences which gets a little annoying, but the writing style is enjoyable and comforting. Sadly I found the end very disappointing: the band of criminals plot just fizzles out, and we finish with a bizarre and unnecessary confession from the "master criminal" when it seems there is no concrete evidence at all.
But it is entertainingly lightway and very readable in a relaxing Sunday afternoon sort of way.