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The book was a lot of fun, not only is it a fast and captivating read, it makes the reader think quite a bit. I took my time reading it and loosely going over the clues in my head. Upon reading the ending I was off in my decision of the guilty suspect but never the less I loved the ending and the final explanation, some clues might not be as crystal clear as others but there are many of them; reading is fun when the field is wide, not when it's thin and obstructed by lack of ideas and this novel certainly had me guessing all over the place. Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors because every time I read her books I feel a jolt of joy, I get so much out of them and nothing written in these days will ever compare, so to me they are relics from the past that shine even brighter than many brand new books written these days. The mystery is fun but the whole feel of this book is even better, the old fashioned ideas and culture adds something whimsical to all of her works. Every time I pick up a Hercule Poirot novel I know I will have a nice time, so far I haven't been disappointed as I have read them half my life and will continue to do so. Currently I had to start book number two in the series, I am on such a happy high from the first one that my thirst for mystery hasn't been quenched yet, so I'm off to read "Murder on the links" and see where the adventure takes me, from what I head it's Paris and the crime is quite good..
- Kasia S.
However, I was extremely annoyed when I discovered that there is no attempt to reproduce the many diagrams and pieces of evidence discussed in the book; in fact, there isn't even an acknowledgement that they are completely missing. The story will say something like, "Below is a diagram representing the layout of the house", and below there is absolutely nothing.
It turns out that these diagrams are essential to understanding (or solving on your own) the pivotal murder in the story. For shame! This destroys what Christie has always been known for--being completely fair with clues so that the perceptive reader can often solve much of the mystery right along with Poirot.
Add to the arcane language some equally clunky characterizations and scenes. Hastings, Poirot's later friend and associate starts off as a bit of a dolt--a ten year old could have come to more sophisticated conclusions. If Christie thought he would provide comic relief, she miscalculated--he's annoying.
And whole sections could be excised. I always thought Christie's habit of gathering everyone in the drawing room to expose the killer was hackneyed, however it is absolutely riveting compared to her courtroom "drama" scenes. Talk about a snoozer. You could cut 50 pages and condense them to five.
Part of the good news is there are glimmers of what's to come. One can't help but smile when Monsieur Poirot's "little grey cells" get going. Or when Hastings inadvertently says something that turns the lightbulb on for Poirot. The rest of the good news is that having written more than 100 books, it will be a long long time before any fan has to read this one. By all means, save it for last.
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