Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation
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Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
This book, published in 1926, is still superior to many of today's pulp mysteries. Christie took me on somany twists and turns, that I was positively dizzy by the end. But I stuck to my guns. I chose my suspect carefully and, even after Poirot had pulled all of the skeletons from the closet, dusted them off, and paraded them before the reader, my pick still looked like the best...until the great inspector started pointing out all of the missed clues, which had been right in front of me. I was at once shamed, awed and excited when the true murderer was named. Were I a mutant, this book would get three thumbs up!
If you like cozy mysteries, golden age mysteries, or just a mystery period, this is a book you have to read. It deserves its reputation, and I bet like countless readers you'll reread a critical chapter to see how Christie fooled you. If you've seen some of the horrible televised versions, but never read it, you no doubt are puzzled by the high praise this book gets. But read it yourself and you'll see why.
From: The Agatha Christie Companion - The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie's Life and Work
This is the book that made Christie famous, and today it remains one of the most famous books in all detective writing, and certainly one of the most controversial. It is Christie's brilliant deception as to the murderer's identify that caused gasps among critics, fellow writers, and the public, followed by camps divided equally into those who cried "Bravo!" and those who cried "Foul play! Cheating!"
Dorothy L. Sayers came publicly to Christie's defense by saying that the book was "Fair! And fooled you!...it is the readers business to suspect everybody."