Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Cards on the Table
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 324
Publication Year: 1936

This post is my 20th book review of Agatha Christie books and I wonder how to differentiate review of one book from the other since I like most of them, which makes me wonder how writers keep variety. If I am not even able to manage a 200 words post on each book, it takes so much more to write 200-300 pages of an entire book catering to the readers on the same genre. And that is where most writers of these days flounder – one book becomes a hit, probably 3-4 more, and then it is doom. A reader has to simply swear off them later!

This time Cards on the Table is an interesting take since it is not only Hercule Poirot who is the intelligent one. Of course, Poirot does draw the book to conclusion, but it is the others who lead him on to the correct path. The setup is excellent where the suspect is definitely one of the four playing cards in the same room as victim. However, till the end, I expected a third party altogether to just strike off this list. My bad! Thankfully, no Hastings this time, since we have our own Agatha Christie in the guise of Ms. Oliver playing the role, but not simply as a side-kick. Oh sorry, no more clues from my end, otherwise how better am I than other reviewers detailing story-line in the book review itself. Why would anyone want to kill the suspense from a prospective book reader I wonder! So, go ahead and enjoy the book!

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths – Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty’s Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot – invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.

About the author:
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature – Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple – and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande.

Twitter: @agathachristie

Rating: 8/10

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