Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #16) by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Diving into another Poirot mystery, I was presented with another story where the retired detective finds himself on holiday. This time, travelling along the Nile, Poirot trip upon a murder aboard a ship and the suspects are plentiful. Agatha Christie has penned a wonderful piece, based at least partially on her own experiences, keeping the reader wondering until Poirot points a finger and elucidates how it all took place. Poirot at his best, using all those ‘little grey cells’.

There’s nothing like travelling and getting the breeze in one’s hair, should they have any. Retired detective, Hercule Poirot, is attempting to do jut that while on a cruise traversing the Nile. All this relaxation is ended when one of the guests, Linnet Ridgeway, has been shot dead. Who might have wanted to end the life of this lovely, young woman who appeared unable to hurt anyone? Poirot is ready to begin piecing it all together, sure that there’s s a motive buried deep in the resentments of the other guests on the cruise.

Recollecting an earlier argument that he heard, Poirot wonders if there were more to the threat ‘put a pistol to her head’ than it appeared at first hearing. Then again, Linnet Ridgeway may have been more complicated than many would presume. After two additional guests are murdered, Poirot is sure there’s a cover-up taking place, with a murderer fuelled by a secret. Poirot forges onwards and hopes to piece things together before any further bodies appear or the murderer is able to slip away. Poirot at this best, showing Christie continues to pen wonderful mysteries.

I have found a number of these Poirot mysteries to be highly entertaining and educational in equal measure. Agatha Christie is able to pen wonderful pieces together and pulls the reader int o the middle of it all, while also making things light. Hercule Poirot knows how to pull evidence out of apparent nothingness, always keen to teach those around him. I will keep reading the series, in hopes of finding out more angles about how mysteries might b solved effectively.

Agatha Christie is amazing at the art of storytelling and I have thoroughly enjoyed many of her stories since beginning this journey. She uses a simple, yet effective, narrative and spins a story that most readers can connect with easily. Adding a new cast of characters with each story, there is always something for the reader to enjoy with a wide swath of people who cross paths with Hercule Poirot. Little development occurs with Poirot, but his daily interactions are still highly entertaining. Plot twists and surprising happenings keep the reader guessing until the final reveal, which is always quite detailed and thorough, a part of the Poirot mystique, I will be back soon for more Poirot and the mysteries that appear to follow him all over the world.

Kudos, Dame Christie. I am hooked and hope to remain dazzled the more I read.

Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #15), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Another Poirot mystery, a new chilling murder that requires solving! Agatha Christie puts a spin on murder and pulls her protagonist into the middle of it, sure to get the ‘grey matter’ of all readers bouncing with excitement. In a piece that forces clues to be assembled from nothing, Poirot appears to do so masterfully and with panache. Another winner in this ever-evolving series.

After taking a fall down some stairs, Emily Arundell was in quite the state. While many were sure the ball on which she tripped was placed there by her dog, Emily could not shake that someone in her family may have been involved, wanting to see her dead. She was so convinced of this that she penned a note to an old friend, retired detective Hercule Poirot.

Travelling to Arundell’s’s home with his longtime friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, Poirot seeks to poke around, only to learn that Emily Arundell has died. Could her concerns in the letter have been realised, even when there is no trace of murder? Poirot sets about interviewing those closest to the victim to see how they might have benefitted from her death and what it means to the larger picture.

As Poirot learns more, it becomes apparent that someone was up to something nefarious, though just what’s happened has not come to the surface as of yet. Poirot digs deeper and learns that the initial fall was more than simply tripping on a rubber ball, but who might have been trying to do away with Emily Arundell? Poirot and Hastings find clues and motives, but it will take much effort to piece it all together and make the final accusation. Christie does it again, keeping readers on the edge of their seats!

It is refreshing to read something that is free from all the extemporaneous flfuff that finds its way into writing these days. I was pleased to be able to push my way through this story and be highly entertained while the protagonist educated me on the nuances of mystery work. Christie pens great stories and i have loved this series since I started.

With crisp narrative writing, the story moves along at a wonderful pace, keeping me on my toes as I try to decipher what’s going on with every page turn. There is so much to follow, alongside a cast of unique characters, all of which Christie moves around the board with ease. I could not forget to mention all the plot twists that occur, cementing the greatness of the story with every reveal. Poirot shines again, using his unique mannerisms to extract the truth from a group of unwitting suspects. I am eager to see how things will keep progressing, even if that means diving head deep into a large number of books that remain in the series.

Kudos, Dame Christie, for another great piece that left me scratching my head.

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot #14), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Back for another Poirot mystery, I reached for this curious tale by Agatha Christie. Poirot is back in England and finds a mystery fall into his lap while he is out for an evening. It’s swift, intense, and highly entertaining. I could not stop reading, as I needed to get to the heart of the matter to bridge things together, if you pardon the pun. Christie does well and keeps the reader on their toes.

The elusive and highly mysterious Mr. Shaitana has called a number of locals together for a night of bridge. This curious cross-section of people are eager to spend time with the man, who has stories from his travels all over the world. While there are nine who have gathered, Shaitana bows out and lets the four pairs of two play around two tables in different rooms, including retired detective Hercule Poirot.

As the night progresses, the games get more intense. When someone goes to check on Mr. Shaitana, he is thought to have been sleeping, but it turns out he is sitting by the fire, dead. He’s been murdered and it must have been one of the four people sitting in the room with him. Poirot, who was in the other room, begins his detective game, soon working alongside the authorities when they arrive.

It will take examination of the bridge scores, a thorough interview process with each of the players, and some background research to set the scene in order to cobble together the truth. By the end of it all, Poirot may have a suspect, but it will take more than simply. pointing a finger to bring a killer to justice. Christie uses nuances and wonderfully detailed writing to keep the reader highly entertained throughout the reading experience.

I have been quite fond of the Hercule Poirot experience undertaking for the past few months. Each story is not only exciting, but also full of wonderful mystery writing that is no longer the norm in today’s publications. Agatha Christie knows what she’s doing and keeps the reader entertained with many reveals they could not have seen coming. Brilliant work and it keeps me wanting to read more.

Christie has a way with words and setting the scene that leaves the mystery fan begging for more. A strong narrative leads this story along quote well, pacing things as needed to ensure that it will be a stellar reading experience. Great characters and strong development of each allows the reader to formulate their own views through tough process of determining the murderer. A few plot twists allows the reader to wonder if they could have predict future things from the get-go, I have really come to enjoy many of these stories, which are usually so different from one another. I am eager to see what else Poirot will discover as he proves himself to be one of the masters!

Kudos, Dame Christie, for another swift read. Wonder what’s coming next!

Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot #13), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Back for lucky book number 13 in the Hercule Poirot series, I was eager to see what Agatha Christie would do with this story. The retired Belgian detective is not only sharp when analysing a crime scene, but also gets around the world with ease, helping those around him. With a different narrative perspective in the form of a nurse, the story transports the reader to an archeological dig in Iraq. Another great Poirot story sure to capture the interest of series fans and lovers of a good mystery alike.

When Amy Leatheran was assigned to help Mrs. Leidner, she knew it would be an adventure, but the degree may have passed her by. Along with his wife, Dr. Leidner and a group of others are on an archeological dig in Iraq. The dynamics are such that Nurse Leatheran is sure something’s up, but cannot place her finger on it.

As Mrs. Leidner begins having hallucinations and is worries about her safety, Nurse Leatheran cannot help but wonder if something sinister is on the horizon. A letter arrives for Mrs. Leidner, predicting horrible things will happen, which leads to her murder. Who could be the culprit and that motive might they have? it’s a mystery of the highest order, but there is a silver lining; Dr. Hercule Poirot is in the region and will stop by soon to lend a hand.

When Poirot arrives, he listens to the story and begins amassing some ideas. After another in the expedition turns up dead, having consumed a sizeable amount of poison, some wonder if it was the murderer’s guilty conscience that led to the act, while others are sure someone is lurking inthe shadows, ready to kill again when the time is right.

Poirot synthesises the facts and predicts what likely happened, even if it seems improbable to all those in the expedition. He is, of course, known for his outlandish mannerisms that usually lead to the correct answers. Someone is guilty and Poirot wastes no time in pointing his well-manicured finger in a certain direction. Christie presents a great mystery, free from the extemporaneous fluff that many stories penned today appear to have.

I have been enjoying these Poirot novels, as they are short enough to speed along and yet detailed enough to pull me in. Christie does well in exemplifying her abilities and keeps the reader entertained throughout the reading experience. Full of wonderful information and setting specific detail, the story moves along well and keeps the reader enthused until the final reveal.

Christie has worked with a few narrative perspectives throughout the series, but chose a new leading set of eyes for this piece in the form of Amy Leatheran. It helped keep the story moving along from a new perspective and allowed me to see how someone else perceives the great detective. A strong narrative and some formidable characters made this a great read. Add to that, some strong plot twists in a unique setting and the piece never fails to entertain. While there is still a large pile of books yet to read in the series, I am eager to forge onwards to see what else there is to come. Bring on more Poirot!

Kudos, Dame Christie, for a unique mystery. Let’s see what Poirot will discover next.

The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot #13), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Agatha Christie pens perhaps one of her most exciting pieces yet with this story, tossing Hercule Poirot into the middle of an investigation with a serial killer on the loose. The story takes many twists and keeps the reader enthralled until the very end, as Poirot is up against his most dashing criminal yet in a piece that offers no reprieve from the action. Some call it Christie’s best work and I would say it is one of the best I have read to date!

After Arthur Hastings returns to see his longtime friend, Hercule Poirot, the retired detective gets a letter in the post from a mysterious individual. The letter states that there will be a murder in the coming days and signs it with the elusive ‘A.B.C.’. Intrigued, Poirot waits and soon a report that Alice Asher has been bludgeoned in Andover comes across the wire. At the scene is an ABC Railway Guide, as if it is a clue to the foreboding letter. Poirot and Hastings can only wonder if there is more to come and how they will track this killer down.

While it is a while after Alice Asher, another body emerges with the same ABC guide next to it, similar alliteration accompanying the murder scene. Poirot is baffled and wonders if this will continue throughout the entire alphabet. While Hastings watches his friend work, he cannot help but wonder if Poirot has met his match.

After another murder, the police remain on edge and Poirot is stymied. More mocking letters arrive, but no clues accompany them, leaving the Belgian to grasp at straws. Still, there must be a connection to the victims, the locales, and the killer, even if Poirot cannot connect the dots. Twenty-six potential victims is too many and with four already complete, it will be a bloody mess should Poirot not clue in soon. Christie pushes her protagonist to the limit with this one, perhaps the most challenging piece to date.

Agatha Christie has rarely disappointed in the Poirot series, though her stories can sometimes ebb and flow as the novels pile up. This was a great one that had all the elements of a successful story and keeps the reader engaged until the very end, with a most mysterious murderer on the loose. A strong narrative with some interesting twists embedded in the telling, Christie delivers just at the right time to keep the reader wanting more.

As I have said many times before, Poirot is a great detective, but the reader learns little about him as a person or his life throughout these novels. While this is not turned on its head in this piece, there is a degree of testing the man’s mettle by developing a strong game of cat and mouse in this story. Poirot is not used to being toyed with, but there is no way he can escape the game set out for him. How he reacts provides the reader with a little more about the man’s patience and determination, even if one cannot call it true character development. Christie has certainly upped the ante when it come to her prized detective and I hope there is more pushing him out of his comfort zone soon.

Serial killers play such a prominent role in modern crime thrillers and mysteries, but this was the first time Agatha Christie used one for Poirot. It worked well and allowed for some interesting developments throughout. Christie’s narrative is strong and Arthur Hastings takes over for his first person telling of events, though there is an odd set of chapters that profess a third person, offering the reader insights not found in past books where Hastings led the recounting. I am not sure how I feel about it, as the overall story was great, even with these awkward moments. Short chapters propel the story forward and the characters found on each page provide some entertainment for the curious reader. I can only hope that there will be more of the recurring characters, as they bridge past novels with this one, though it is always worthwhile to see new faces add a certainly flavour to the piece. I am eager to see if Poirot will find more serial killers as the series progresses, or if a single killer and a key event will again be ruthless recipe for success.

Kudos, Dame Christie, for a new perspective. I am eager to see what’s coming and how you will top what you have already written.

Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot #12), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Taking to the skies, Hercule Poirot challenges himself in this next Agatha Christie mystery. Having utilised her protagonist in so many ways, Christie pushes the envelope and places the Belgian in a contained airplane when someone is murdered, forcing him to show that sleuthing is not just something done with feet firmly affixed to the ground. Christie uses her skills once again to dazzle the reader in this piece, sure to impress many.

During a flight from Paris to London, a passenger is found dead on board, a tiny puncture in her neck. While some might think that it could be the result of a wasp sting, Hercule Poirot can tell that it is more nefarious. While seated onboard, he has the perfect view of a number of the passengers and helps deduce that it was no sting.

When a blow dart is discovered in the plane, it is presumed to be the weapon used for the murder, Tipped with a deadly poison, the dart could have easily killed the woman before she had a chance to take her next breath. But who could have the motive to do such a thing? Poirot is not entirely sure, but he is ready to begin sleuthing, given the chance.

While the entire group is put through a coroner’s inquest, evidence emerges that helps put things into context. Using what is discovered to his advantage, Poirot pieces it all together and begins to get a better understanding of what happened and how the victim might have been one who was not liked by all. Slowly, the truth comes to the surface, where Poirot awaits to connect it with what he has discovered, all while using his little grey cells. Christie does well with this piece, pushing into new technologies and ideas in this piece that has a little of everything.

Agatha Christie does well to create new and exciting ways to impress readers of this detective series. She is able to use technological advances, as well as unique murder options, to keep the reader on their toes. While those who sit to enjoy the book in the 21st century may not feel as ‘electrified’ by the events, they are surely on point and mind-blowing for the time of original publication. Christie checks all the boxes with this piece, which uses a great narrative and some wonderful plot twists.

Poirot remains a alluring detective, able to pull theories out of the air, only to show how they are established as foundational. His egotistical nature is surely something that not all will enjoy, but Poirot is nothing if not a tad stuffy. He uses his silence to absorb all the clues before standing on his soap box and showing how all the pieces come together effectively. Once again, there is little outside the current events of the story that shape Hercule Poirot, which baffles me in a way. Perhaps some other readers echo my sentiments about wanting more depth and story related to this unique Belgian, rather than sticking to the periphery. Oh well… it does little to ruin the story, which I did enjoy a great deal.

Air travel is new and exciting for this novel, which Christie explores effectively. She pushes some great plot ideas for the reader and develops a strong story that develops in short order. A well-paced narrative keeps the reader engaged throughout, which is complemented by a handful of unique characters, all of whom could be the killer at one point or the other. As the story gains momentum, the plot finds itself developing at a pace perfect for the reader who have come to enjoy past mysteries. I am eager to see what else Christie has to offer and will delve a little deeper as I locate the next in the series.

Kudos, Dame Christie, for another great piece. Let’s see if you can keep pace with the next story, as Poirot is surely ready to show off once again.

Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot #11), by Agatha Christie

Seven stars

Another Agatha Christie mystery is sure to bring out my sleuthing side. The Hercule Poirot series serves to challenge me on a regular basis, forcing me to think outside the box and use my “little grey cells” repeatedly. While not the best of Christie’s pieces in this series, the story is strong and flows well, making it an entertaining piece to pass the time.

The town is abuzz when Sir Charles Cartwright assembles a small dinner party at his home. The one-time leading start of London’s theatre community, Cartwright is sure to make all the effort to entertain his guests in Cornwell. Especially with the guest list he has in mind.

The assembled thirteen are from a number of professions, making the gathering all the more exciting. While some would presume the number of guests will prove unlucky, it is not until Reverend Stephen Babbington chokes on his cocktail and dies that things take a true turn. After a fit of convulsions, Babbington toppled over and questions arose as to whether one of the group could be a murderer. However, laboratory analysis proved that there was no poison, leaving the official cause of death as being natural, at least for a time.

With one of the guests being the famed retired Belgian police detective, Hercule Poirot, clues are sought and relationships unveiled. Trouble is, Poirot cannot find a motive for anything and is left baffled. It is only later that pure nicotine is fingered as the untraceable poison used, and another body turns up dead at a similar party. Might the killer have struck again, perhaps to silence someone, or even readjust the target?

When Poirot returns to compare the two murders to one another, he begins to find subtle clues as to what they could both mean and how a motive could soon emerge. It will take Poirot’s intuition and dedication to the truth to learn everything there is to know and catch a killer before it’s too late. Christie uses many of her skills to plot this piece out and entertain her reading public.

I always enjoy challenging myself when Agatha Christie has another Poirot novel for me to read. I find myself learning a great deal, not only about England at the time, but the nuances of detecting, while I read through these books. Christie is sharp with her delivery, succinct in her storytelling, and poignant with the characters she uses. I’ll eagerly continue the series to see what other mysteries I can uncover and how Poirot grows on me.

As I have said in past reviews, Hercule Poirot is quite the character, though he prefers to live in the present. His detective work is second to none, though the subtleties can sometimes be a little too slow going, as I want answers in short order. His impact in this book was the presence and discovering the murderer, rather than offering added backstory or development of his own character. I’m hoping for something more in the coming novels, as I do like my characters to have depth and no remain static for long periods.

This novel was divided into three acts, a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that one of the main characters is a popular London stage actor. While the book’s division seemed intriguing, it did not properly separate things as I would have liked. I hoped for something more symbolic throughout. All the same, the narrative did flow nicely and moves from one scene to the next, offering up a handful of strong characters who did their jobs effectively. Mid-length chapters served to keep the reader engaged with the piece and did not deter me from reading larger chunks at a time. I’m ready for more Poirot and whatever adventures he discovers.

Kudos, Dame Christie, for proving that you are the Queen of Mystery. I hope there is more action to come soon and Poirot can make a great impact.

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10), by Agatha Christie

Nine stars

All aboard! Perhaps one of Agatha Christie’s most popular books in the Hercule Poirot series, this is one novel I have been eager to reach in my exploration of the collection. Christie excels in this story, offering a deeper and more complex mystery that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. I can see why it got so much hype, as it is well well written and offers the reader an in-depth look into the analytical brain of Poirot. If there are other books int he series of this caliber, I am eager to find them, as Christie had me from the opening paragraph.

As the Orient Express makes its way across Europe, a snowstorm creates havoc. The passenger train, full of people from all over the world, is stuck in the Balkans with no clear guarantee of moving anytime. By morning, the luxury liner has more than snow to contend with, as Samuel Edward Ratchett is found murdered in his private compartment. While many of the passengers are in a panic, one of them is ready to lend an hand to find the murderer. Hercule Poirot is on holiday, having hoped to enjoy his trip from Istanbul to London.

The narrative develops and the reader learns much about the victim, many of the suspects (surely, it has to be one of the passengers), and the clues that Poirot is able to deduce throughout the investigation. Ratchett was not a popular man, having been responsible for a crime back in America. All that being said, there is surely a deeper motive for at least one of the suspects aboard the Orient Express.

By the latter portion o the novel, Poirot is narrowing the list of potential killers and runs through some of the suspects a second time. He is almost ready to finger someone, but a twist in the tale takes things in a new direction and leaves the reader gasping by the end. Who killed Samuel Edward Ratchett and for what reason? All will be revealed in time, though some will surely wish the story could have gone on forever, with its gripping aspects. Agatha Christie at her best!

The series finds new ways off getting better with each passing novel and I cannot devour them fast enough. Poirot makes a wonderful impact yet again as the narrative flows with ease. I would say that this was my favourite book to date, pulling on all the best parts of a mystery novel and keeps the reader guessing until the final page turn. I cannot wait to see what is to come in this sensational series.

Poirot shows how great a character he is and presents himself in top form throughout the book. His ego, while usually front and centre, appeared to be somewhat muted, which made for a more enjoyable read. With little backstory on which to base the character, Poirot lives in the present and uses his interactions to add depth to his personality. His sleuthing in this piece is some of the best and most on point, leaving me to hope there are more like this to come.

Christie delivers her most sensational novel to date, providing readers with a stunning mystery, well worth the praise it has received over the years. Christie’s writing is free from the extemporaneous details found in many books that supersaturated the genre to date. Strong narrative aspects provide a strong foundation for a novel that has so much going for it. Wonderful characters prove to be the cornerstone of this piece, which is full of personalities that will either impress or anger the reader. I could not get enough of the plot twists and surprise ending. I cannot wait to get my hands on a movie version of this to see how it compares. I’ll take a short break from Poirot, but will return, energized and ready for more!

Kudos, Dame Christie, for your most intense novel to date. I am super impressed.

Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot #9), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

I am still working my way through the Hercule Poirot series and find myself impressed with each passing novel. While each story stands on its own, Agatha Christie offers small nuggets that can connect the novels, which attentive readers will discover throughout the adventure. Poirot is again presented with a unique situation and uses his ‘little grey cells’ to help unravel the crime. Working alongside his longtime friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, Poirot fingers the killer by the final chapter as readers watch in awe. Christie offers a stunning novel, sure to entertain all those who take the time to read it.

While Hercule Poirot and Captain Arthur Hastings are out one day, they are approached by none of their than the famous American actress, Jane Wilkinson. While she expects them to be in awe, she admits that she needs help trying to ‘get rid of’ her husband, Lord Edgware. Wilkinson wants a divorce, hoping to marry someone who can love and respect her without leaving her feeling controlled. Baffled and yet not interesting in getting in the middle of a marital spat, Poirot declines and continues on his way. He and Hastings are left to discuss the gall of Americans and their forward nature. However, soon things will take on a new urgency when Lord Edgware turns up murdered.

Jane Wilkinson was seen leaving the marital home around the time Lord Edgware was said to have been killed, making her the prime suspect. However, Wilkinson has a solid alibi, having been in the middle of dining with friends at the same time. Poirot is flummoxed, but not ready to give up on the mystery. Slowly and thoroughly, the retired Belgian detective begins building a case, learning more about both Wilkinson and her late husband, as well as those both had confided in leading up to the murder. When more bodies turn up, Poirot is sure that he will have to act swiftly to neutralise the killer.

Was someone trying to stymie a chance to ensure a smooth divorce between the two? Could there have been someone trying to pretend to play the role of Jane Wilkinson in order to frame her? Poirot cannot be sure but slowly learns that there is a deeper and much darker narrative taking place here. He will have to use all his grey cells and ask for the help of others to put all the pieces together effectively. Agatha Christie does a brilliant job making this one of the best in the series to date.

The series keeps getting better as I learn more about Poirot and the writing style that Agatha Christie made popular all those years ago. The narrative flows so well and keeps the reader hooked as the plot develops through the mystery’s development. Christie has shown herself to be one of the greatest in the genre and makes no effort to lessen the impact. With many books to go, I can only hope that the momentum is not lost as I keep reading.

Poirot remains a great character and uses his ego to his own advantage. Without the need for a developed backstory, Poirot lives in the present and uses his interactions to tease out new tidbits about himself. Readers will likely love much of what they know, or hate his haughty attitude. Either way, there is nothing like a great mystery and a detective who knows how to get to the core of the matter. I am eager to see what else there is to learn about him in the coming novels.

Christie delivers another winner and provides readers of the series with a strong mystery, free of fluff and filler. A strong narrative creates a foundation for a mystery that is full of twists and turns throughout. Wonderful characters provide the reader additional entertainment to contrast with Poirot’s serious nature. With one of the most popular stories in the series next in line, I feel ready to tackle such a popular story and hope that I can revel in all that is set to be revealed.

Kudos, Dame Christie, for crafting so many wonderful stories. I am addicted and reader to push onwards.

Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot #8), by Agatha Christie

Eight stars

Working through the Hercule Poirot series, I am constantly amazed at the work Dame Agatha Christie has put into the stories. Each seems able to stand on its own, though there is something exciting about reading a series in order, as the reader picks up small breadcrumbs left by the author throughout the experience. Poirot is in fine form, accompanied by his friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, as they explore a unique mystery while on vacation in the English countryside. Christie dazzles once again and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

While on vacation along the coast, Hercule Poirot and Captain Arthur Hastings encounter a young and quite beautiful woman. Nick Buckley is able to converse with the retired Belgian detective easily and reveals that she his the mistress of End House, a massive piece of real estate set up along the cliffs of St. Loo. Poirot is enthralled, both with the description of End House and by Nick herself, which has Hastings wondering if the mighty detective could be falling in love.

Poirot is keen to learn that Nick has been full of luck lately, having dodged numerous accidents that came close to killing her. After another occurs while they are seated together, a shot rings out in her direction that passes through Nick’s hat. Poirot is all but sure that these are anything but accidental happenings. Rather, they are likely clues that Nick Buckley is the target of some crazed killer.

Poirot takes it upon himself to investigate End House a little more and to learn precisely what’s going on, as well as how Nick Buckley could play into it all. He learns of the property’s darker side, including many who live there. As Poirot investigates, more goings-on occur that lead him to believe that Nick, and others, could be in grave danger, should he not reveal the killer swiftly. As always, Hastings is sure that if anyone can find the culprit, it will be Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie does a fabulous job at spinning yet another story for all to enjoy!

I have become addicted to the many stories Agatha Christie offers up in this easy flowing series. A well-developed plot finds itself within a strong narrative. Poirot’s encounter with many characters keeps the reader entertained, while forcing them to wonder what awaits them around the next corner. Even though there is a great deal left in the series, I am eager to forge onwards to see how things progress with the stories, the characters, and what clues I might gather as I piece together the larger Hercule Poirot character.

Poirot keeps his ego in check, letting it out only every other page. His relaxed nature is always on offer and there is no shortage of wit flowing from him as the stories progress. With little backstory, the reader is forced to love in the moment with him, as he pushes through to drop small hints about his personality and ideals. This is one Belgian whose keen commentary about the world around him is worth noting every time he speaks.

Christie delivers again with a strong story that does nort take much time to develop. Readers of the series are treated to a strong mystery without too much fluff as things take shape. A strong narrative provides the pathway for a sensational mystery, full of twists and turns that few could have seen coming. A set of worthy characters provides just what the reader needs to remain entertained, while Poirot pieces everything together. I am eager to see how things will progress, as it is only a matter of time before Christie is sure to run out of ideas. Then again, the Dame of Mystery appears to have a great deal to share, so one can surmise that Poirot is far from being a boring old Belgian just yet!

Kudos, Dame Christie, for another strong mystery. I’m reaching for the next to see if it dazzles just as much.