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a feeble locked room mystery
on 26 April 2012
To anyone familiar with the locked room puzzles of Ellery Queen and John Dickson Carr, this effort by Christie is facile. Once you have solved the locked room, long before halfway through the book, the culprit is obvious, if ludicrously unlikely. I can't say more without giving it away, but this is the weakest Poirot I've read. The characters are vaguely entertaining, but the plot depends so much on things that the reader can only guess at, visual clues etc., that I would almost say this isn't worth reading, unless you're stuck at an airport or something!