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Cat Among the Pigeons: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 32) Kindle Edition
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“To read Agatha Christie at her best is to experience the rarefied pleasure of watching a faultless technician at work, and she is in top form in Cat Among the Pigeons.” (New York Times)
“Immensely enjoyable.” (Daily Express (London)) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000FC2IZI
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 3540 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1522800409
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,653 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel is set at the prestigious Meadowbank girls school, though its roots are in Ramat and in the death of a Prince as he tried to escape from his country. Now, I went to a working class secondary school which mixed sexes and didn't cost a fortune per term - the setting of the story is as far away from that as my flat is from a palace. Still, Christie's depiction of the school is so vivid and complete that I felt like a teenage girl who was really there. A scary thought, I know.
Adam is an interesting character, too - the young gardener with a secret second personality. Don't worry, it doesn't take you long to discover it, and indeed he's one of the leading males in the novel, a novel that's notable for its strong leading female characters and forgettable, minor males. Don't let that put you off though, because that would be sexist. It would also be unnecessary - all of the characters are intriguing, and you'll be tangled in the usual web of suspicion and dark unrest.
Here, then, Christie is at her best - you can see why they call her the Queen of Crime, and this novel can stand up against the best of them. The A.B.C. Murders, And Then There Were None, you name it - this deserves the highest praise that I can give to it. I urge you to go out there and buy a copy at the earliest opportunity, it's a great little teaser of what was to come from the Queen.
The action then moves on to the exclusive Meadowbank School, where his niece is a pupil, along with a cousin of Prince Ali, the Princess Shaista. With the whereabouts of the jewels unknown, more than one interested party is looking for them. Then the PT mistress is murdered in the new sports pavillion. Apparently, Christie used her own daughter's school as her model, but the enclosed environment works very well. There are a whole host of suspects, secrets and mysterious happenings, until one of the schoolgirls involves Poirot to solve the crimes. An unusual setting and an exciting plot make this a fun read.
The puzzle might not be as intriguing as in some of her other books, so perhaps not the ideal first Christie for a new reader, but by fans of Agatha Christie this novel is bound to be thoroughly enjoyed.