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I only managed to get halfway through ...
on 19 August 2010
I found this story a great disappointment, which was nothing to do with any change of style on Christie's part in writing a "spy" story instead of the usual cosy country house murder mystery. I don't mind at all if a favourite author changes tack. I may have been less than generous in only giving one star, as the first few chapters certainly held my attention. But I'm not going to pretend that the story must have an inherent value hidden to all but the more discerning of us. Halfway through I found I was struggling to keep track of what on earth was going on, and then found I couldn't care less what happened to any of these characters, so I gave up at that point.