“No sign, so far, of anything sinister—but I live in hope.”
Caution, mild spoilers ahead.
This is not one of the best works of Agatha Christie. It might not even be one of the good ones. I certainly felt disappointed and bored.
Yes, there were spies. Yes, there were international interests and conflicts. But all in all, it was a tedious and long read. The setting for the story took more than 100 pages. And after one big event, there was still nothing of interest happening.
A lot of murders occur in the Meadowbank prestigious school, but the story is not moving along.
And much to my disappointment, Hercule Poirot doesn’t appear until the end of the book. He comes on the last pages and solves a case in a moment.
Even though, the intrigue and the suspense are kept till the end. But the real killer is the one you suspect from the beginning. At least, one of the two. But that is an interesting trick in itself.
The epilogue of the book gives one final touch to the mystery full of espionage and international affairs.
It is a book that you will pass an enjoyable evening with, but it is not a remarkably good story.
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