Published: March 01, 2000 (First published March 1953)
The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly – and his sister is convinced it was murder…. When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say: ‘It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it…But he was murdered, wasn’t he?’ In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.
I have long ago gave up on reading Hercule Poirot’s series in chronological order. I even gave up on Agatha Christie after the second or third book in the series. However, I am determined to give both, Poirot and Agatha Christie, a chance because they are mostly easier to consume in audio. So that brings us here.
The saving grace of this book is there is no Hasting present in the whole story, thank goodness. The other thing is Poirot’s attitude in solving the case. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the readers are mostly kept in the shadows as Poirot solves the case. For this book however, we can follow the events and the process as to how Poirot wraps up the case, and it makes the reading experience much better.
However, after reading a few books by Agatha Christie, I have memorized the recipe for her mystery novel. For that reason, I could not give this book anything higher than 4-moon rating. But compared to the other books that I have read, the plot twist is 100% better. I truly enjoyed it, and it really stuck with me. Yet like I said, I already know the structure of Christie’s novel, so I already know that there is a misdirect which somehow lessen its appeal once the story reveals that there is indeed a misdirect.
All in all, this book is way better because there is no Hasting. I also picked up other Agatha Christie novels after this. But that is for another review.
So that is all for this review.
Until next time!