So this is an author I have been meaning to start reading for a long time, and having seen multiple posts of her works from a good friend of mine on Instagram Idecided that I would start with her Poirot series.
A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village.
All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that earned Agatha Christie her well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.
I love a good murder mystery and the first thing that surprised me about the book was that it wasn’t written from Poirot, the detective and main protagonist of this series point of view but was actually told from the s third party, namely a friend of the deceased’s family. If anything this made it all the more interesting as you saw the whole picture as both an insider in the house but also an outsider, as someone who wasn’t a member of the family by blood.
With the majority of the story being set in the mansion, as this is where the crime occurred, it is very much a character driven story. However, Christie’s ability to describe the characters so intricately, down to their body language and mannerisms makes it a pleasure to witness the character’s reactions as the story unfolds.
As a Christie virgin I didn’t really know what to expect, except a riveting read which I certainly experienced. The twists and turns in the story keep you guessing until the end and unfortunately I didn’t guess correctly, but I wasn’t too far off the verdict. The small clues she adds along the way appear often as insignificant trivia but later you realise they were actually the start of the break in the case. So next time I will remember to take in every little detail.
The main character, Poirot was just wonderful. This Belgian detective is a marvellous mixture of eccentricity, humour and ingenuity to create a unique and riveting character who I look forward to continuing with in the next book. If like me you have never read Agatha Christie’s work and you love a good murder mystery, I highly recommend her, you won’t regret it.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ a wonderful murder mystery which is both exciting and nail biting to the end.