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An intriguing mystery, though not entirely satisfying
on 31 January 2017
I enjoyed this reading this book. It's well written, around an intriguing mystery, with interesting characters.
Yet it didn't really satisfy me, not the way other Agatha Christie books do. Here are the three reasons why this is not my favourite:
1.I guessed the identity of the murderer as soon as the second body was found, long before the detectives made the obvious connections. (I won't tell you whodunnit, because I don't want to spoil your pleasure.)
2. The book features Hercule Poirot... but his role feels grafted on. He contribute any insights or do anything beyond speaking cryptic utterances.
3. Too many unconnected threads tie up conveniently at the end. I won't spell out what they are, since this would give away some of the solutions. I'll just say that the scope of this coincidences stretches my willingness to suspend disbelief.
Still, it's not a bad book, and if you're a fan of Agatha Christie, it's worth reading.