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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy murder-mystery reading told in the typical Agatha Christie style, 12 Feb 2014
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This is a typical Agatha Christie murder tale with a cast of poosible suspects and the usual misdirections. A young girl is murdered and her love rival stands accused. Inheritance and family intrigue are in the mix, and Hercule Poirot arrives to dissect through the casual lies, the not so casual lies and the clues.

I was misdirected by the red-herrings and kicked myself when the solution was revealed for not appreciating the real clues. I'm learning the Christie-style, though; the apparently insignificant clue or action that grates is usually the real one, and the more obvious ones are the misdirects. Let's see if my spotting improves next time!

As is usual with Christie novels, the characters and their dialogue seem rather dated now, but they are still light, fun quick reading. Poirot enters only really halfway through here, bringing with him his usual mix of incisiveness, idiosynacrasies and vanity; a truly great character creation. As you can guess, I would have liked more of him. Whilst the plotting is entertaining and generally satisfactory, it did include a coincidence (same first name) and I'm not sure I could really buy into the apomorphine story either, clever though it was!
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Initial post: 5 May 2014 14:54:44 BDT
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Mrs W Waugh says:
I havent read this one, odd really because I thought I had all read all of her work,so I am glad to see this book here and also with good reviews,yes the dialogue may be dated but back then that would be how they spoke as they were usually middle class people she wrote about,because thats what Mrs Christie was,so she wrote about what she knew and was also comfortable with,she is no doubt the best author in this genre that has ever been,even now after all these years she is still in print tells us how popular she still is,and will be for many years to come too..........
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