Cat Among the Pigeons, Agatha Christie

A 3*

“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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Cards on the Table, Agatha Christie

A 5*

“Oh, my dear friend, it is impossible not to give oneself away – unless one never opens one’s mouth! Speech is the deadliest of revealers.”

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

This was an interesting read. Agatha Christie builds an interesting story around a premise that is so unique but at the same time could be considered a classic one. Nine people are invited to a dinner, one of them is killed, four are suspects, four are sleuths ready to solve the murder. And it is not someone you would never suspect, you might have guessed from the beginning who the real killer is. But in any case, you will want to read the book till the last pages to get to know what Mr. Shaitana knew the crimes were of the suspects.

Everyone around the table of suspects is guilty, but who is guilty of this particular crime? This is the real question you will be asking yourself throughout the book. And the intrigue will be kept till the end.

Clues and tips are dropped throughout the pages of the book. But some will misguide you more than help you. You will suspect everyone and no one and that what makes this book a masterpiece.

I must say, I’ve never played Bridge and don’t know the rules. It might have been easier to guess the killer if I knew the rules, but it didn’t bother me too much to not know.

The detective work of the four sleuths is a bit slow and sluggish, but Cards on the Table is an interesting dive into the criminal minds and why the suspects did what they did and why they are who they are.

For all the lovers of classic Agatha Christie’s mysteries, this will be an interesting read.

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Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

A 5*

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

I may be biased in my evaluation of this book. Mainly, because it has been some time that I read a book that I enjoyed from the first page till the last and wanted to read in one sitting. It had been months since I had a really good read. But then again, it was infallible Agatha Christie and her Hercule Poirot.

I must say I had committed a crime in a reader circle. I watched the movie before reading the book. But… I was still intrigued. It was entertaining and captivating. Agatha Christie knew how to keep the suspense till the end and make an incredible murder story out of a trip on the Orient Express.

This is one of the books that no matter the ending, no matter how and who did it, you will take the ride only to enjoy the trip. Because Agatha Christie will keep the mystery till the end and there will be so many turns in the story that you will be confused and lost and, in the end, you will smack yourself on the head saying “This is what I thought all along” or “How didn’t I see this coming?”.

For all the lovers of detective stories and fans of Agatha Christie, this is an absolute must and I only hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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