E-book, 335 Pages
By: Agatha Christie
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c’est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!”
There is just a kind of magic to Christie’s novels. Whenever I read them I am left in awe and I feel like a young kid who was given candies. I wanted to read this particular one near Christmas and I missed doing that last year so I said that I will do it this year and I stuck to my word! This is a locked room mystery novel featuring the one and only Poirot!
I love Agatha’s writing because there are funny quotes, there is wisdom and awesome quotes. Medicine is always part of the story whether it is poisons or medications or genetics and I love that! The way the characters are introduced is captivating and I usually don’t like when many characters are introduced early on but Christie does it successfully and effortlessly!
The characters are alluring and I love how Poirot dives into their psychology and these novels changed the way I approve the genre in general. Another thing I noticed with this novel is that in mystery novels the crime happens very early on and there are only a few characters introduced so the killer should be one of them while in this case. Poirot (Agatha) provides a motive to all characters and it keeps the reader guessing all the time.
I enjoyed the plot line of this story pretty much till the ending. I could guess one of the final plot twists as I noticed the foreshadowing and it would make sense but the plot twist after that felt a bit cheesy and just for the shocking factor!
“In conversation, points arise! If a human being converses much, it is impossible for him to avoid the truth!”
Summary: Another one of Christie’s fun novels. As usual I like the writing and the characters and the way the story unfolded. I felt that the ending is a bit unsatisfactory which made me give it 3.5 stars instead of the 4 stars I thought it would get. The journey to read Christie’s books continue though!