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Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Card on the Table by Agatha Christie

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!

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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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 256
Publication Year: 1940

Four last Sunday, five yesterday, and six today. Wondering what I am referring to and it is not cricket or any game, for that matter? It is the count of book reviews that I am doing in a single day to catch up on the laziness I had since last few months. Hey, it is the year end – just one more week to go. So are we not supposed to complete all the pending tasks so that they can be bid adieu this year, let bygones be bygones and let my new year welcome new stuff, new experiences, and of course, new books to read? Did you notice I am putting stress on oxford comma? Do not know what is oxford comma? Google that up then! It is a very important aspect of a writing expression so that whatever you write is easily understandable.

So, let me come back to the book on which this post is supposed to be based on. This is again a typical Hercule Poirot series, however where Poirot is involved right from the start since Poirot met the healthy doctor for his own personal needs and few hours later, the doctor is found dead. For me, however, I lost focus in between the book, since it focused on too much politics talk where people do not have any qualms on killing for the sake of nation’s good. Sounds like Dictatorial regime, right, even though it is Democratic regime? However, let me not spoil the fun for you for this book and I was just kidding when I expressed political opinion. You can give this book a try, but definitely not as your first Agatha Christie.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
What reason would an amiable dentist like Dr. Morely have for committing suicide? He didn’t have emotional difficulties, money problems, or love trouble. What he did have was an appointment with Hercule Poirot, who is not persuaded by the suicide story and has therefore taken it upon himself to questions the good doctor’s patients, partners, and friends. All he’s come up with is the numbing fear that Dr. Morely wasn’t an unlikely victim at all. Nor the first.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: Poirot Loses A Client by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Poirot Loses A Client / Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Poirot Loses A Client / Dumb Witness
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 411
Publication Year: 1937

What will a book named such remind you of? Really Poirot Loses A Client? Is this going to be the first book where a client hires Poirot to help him/ her solve a mystery but that client either dies or goes away losing faith in Poirot. At least this is what I thought. Oh, by the way, when I pick up any Agatha Christie book, I never read excerpt form the back cover of the book so that there is much more to anticipate in the book, hey they are supposed to be mystery thrillers, so let the story-lines themselves be a mystery. This book also goes by the name of Dumb Witness since there is a dog playing pivotal role in all of this.

It is interesting to find out that the famous detective gets so many letters requesting for his expertise and he has to shift through garbage to find the one exceptional case. Really you need an eye for that! This book Poirot Loses A Client starts off such a way but here in some way, we see the character of Hercule Poirot wearing Miss Marple cape in the sense that he analyses behavior of different person who surrounded the victim and then solves the case. So, in a way, I liked this book for I saw in a way both mastery of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The letter requesting the renowned detective’s services arrived too late–one month after the sender’s demise. But a client was a client, and Hercule Poirot was determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Why had Emily Arundell believed her life was in danger? And why had the old lady revised her will only days before her death? Poirot faces one of the most unusual challenges of his career as he tries to determine which of the victim’s disgruntled relatives did not have a motive for murder!

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: Elephants can Remember by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Elephants can Remember by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Elephants can Remember
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 224
Publication Year: 1972

This book Elephants can Remember is again not the usual Agatha Christie book in the sense that it turned out to be actually boring and I kept waiting for the book to finish. You know what it reminded me of? When I used to love Sidney Sheldon books and later read inspired work by Tilly Bagshawe. I mean the writing is just ok and not too great.

I assume there comes a time when authors have written 100s of books and want to try out a different kind of writing. In fact the only thing I liked in this book was the characterization of Adriane Oliver, the mystery writer. Oh, it felt like how some are able to write thrillers by having a propensity to research and getting enthusiastic about even a small lead. By the way, is her character based on Agatha Christie, just wondering? However, if you are a newbie in reading such genre or you have never before read Agatha’s books, I will not recommend this one for starters but to be kept at the very end of spectrum.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Hercule Poirot is determined to solve an old husband and wife double murder that is still an open verdict! Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies — a husband and wife — shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that ‘old sin can leave long shadows’.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 6/10

Book Review: Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Cat Among The Pigeons
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 256
Publication Year: 1959

Can I be fed up of Agatha Christie books? This is the question I was asking myself after completing almost 10 books in a row and my question was answered in the name of Cat Among The Pigeons.

This is not the usual Hercule Poirot series since Poirot takes a back-stage and appears only post 50% of the book is completed. The detective in the book is someone else – a girl studying in the school Meadowbank where the murders are getting committed. If this book could have been cut concise, I may have liked it better since it had all the ingredients of a good thriller – a foreign revolution, a kidnapped princess, and a trove of priceless rubies where there is murder one after the other. But if you like other books with a good description of background and want the story to move slowly to give you a particular taste of things to come, this is one book with which you can start off on your murder mystery journey. However for me, I will now start off with other famous detective series by Agatha Christie – Miss Marple.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A revolution in the Middle East has a direct and deadly impact upon the summer term at Meadowbank, a picture-perfect girls’ school in the English countryside. Prince Ali Yusuf, Hereditary Sheikh of Ramat, whose great liberalizing experiment — ‘hospitals, schools, a Health Service’ — is coming to chaos, knows that he must prepare for the day of his exile. He asks his pilot and school friend, Bob Rawlinson, to care for a packet of jewels. Rawlinson does so, hiding them among the possessions of his niece, Jennifer Sutcliffe, who is bound for Meadowbank. Rawlinson is killed before he can reveal the hiding place—or even the fact that he has employed his niece as a smuggler. But someone knows, or suspects, that Jennifer has the jewels. As murder strikes Meadowbank, only Hercule Poirot can restore the peace.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 214
Publication Year: 1937

Do you know what is a locked room mystery? Agatha Christie has many of her books based on this philosophy, of course And Then There Were None was the best I had liked till date. So, first let me define locked room mystery – it is a thriller where guilty party is pretty limited and it is wonderful to figure out how the crime was committed.

Coming back to the book, Death on the Nile is more so set in the cruise sailing through the Nile where in the midst the richie rich girl is murdered. But who is the suspect? The legacy points one way, while that person is hurt and hence cannot be the subject. Ok ok, let me not put any spoilers in this book review, like I try in all other posts of mine. However, about the general story-line, the tone of the book is set just right, by giving background of the main characters unfolding the drama. So what are you waiting for? Kick off your shoes, get in your cozy bed, and start on with this adventurous sail. That is what I did, enjoy!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: The ABC Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 247
Publication Year: 1936

Here comes book review of yet another Hercule Poirot featuring book. I think I am addicted to not liking any other writers, or probably not feel like any other book. It is not that I have not tried, but other books bore me within 10-20 pages while I am into them and rather like a besotted fool, I again pick up another Agatha Christie. Thankfully, she has written so many books to last me for few months, even if I complete a book a week along with office work and house chores.

The ABC Murders is yet another mind-blogging thriller where the murderer takes Hercule Poirot this time for a ride, right from the start of the book. One where the murderer writes to Poirot about next murder schedule and Poirot in the start thinks of it as a hoax. Is the serial killer a psychopath or a well-planned and thought off-plan? Along with Hastings, we as a reader wonder how many more letters to go where we will be able to catch this person. Definitely worth a read and one of Agatha’s best!

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpse the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Peril At End House by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Peril At End House by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Peril At End House
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 287
Publication Year: 1932

Agatha Christie is termed as The Queen of Mystery and rightly so. As a reader you are astounded by the subtle differences in each one of them. I am yet to start books based on other characters like by Miss Marple, but will soon be doing the same. So, to come back to this one on which my current post is about…

Peril At End House is one of those books, which start with Hercule Poirot getting an inkling of murder on the doorsteps but just then, another murder happens on his watch. Was that a coincidence because of the built of both females? The plot thickens and becomes so confusing on who is the murderer with the clues pointing to 4-5 person, all with different motives, but is that correct? But then, what is Hercule Poirot there for, if not to spin the tale to find the correct murderer and motive. As a reader, you would have missed the slight hint that was given in the middle of the book by Hastings, just like me. I do not think I am much of a mystery writer, but I am not that useless, my stalking skills are pruned to be the best, if I so want to. Just kidding. Hope I did not give too much of the mystery away with this book review. Get the book to find out more about this thriller from start to end.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.

Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents are more than just mere coincidences or a spate of bad luck. It seems all too clear to him that someone is trying to do away with poor Nick, but who? And, what is the motive? In his quest for answers, Poirot must delve into the dark history of End House. The deeper he gets into his investigation, the more certain he is that the killer will soon strike again. And, this time, Nick may not escape with her life.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: The Mystery of The Blue Train by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Mystery of The Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: The Mystery of The Blue Train
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 317
Publication Year: 1928

What is so different about Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes? The former is less vague when he speaks, at least this is what I think. And if someday, I want to start writing, I may want a character who is more verbose for the general set of readers to connect with.

So, I have been on a Agatha Christie reading splurge, rather Hercule Poirot reading splurge, but I have not yet found two books very similar. Thus, I have been lucky on that front, otherwise what would I have done. It is not that I have not picked other books, i.e. books by other writers, but all others have started boring me out.

This book The Mystery of The Blue Train is a typical murder mystery, what with the background and setting of 1920s. But but but, the murderer is evidently not very apparent or yes, he or she is but evidences are not so clear. And is it a murder by a jewel thief or a murder for inheritance or there is a third person altogether? There is a tough war out there on deciding the parameters and clues for the guilty party for the murder happened in a train, reducing the number of suspects, but is the murderer truly a suspect? With love, romance, deceit, jealousy, hatred and all other nuances of human emotions thrown in, will Hercule Poirot be able to solve the mystery in time this time before reader wears out and before the female protagonist finds the right match for her? Read it to find out.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A mysterious woman, a legendary cursed jewel, and a night train to the Mediterranean – ingredients for the perfect romance or the perfect crime? When the train stops, the jewel is missing, and the woman is found dead in her compartment. It’s the perfect mystery, filled with passion, greed, deceit. And Hercule Poirot is the perfect detective to solve it.

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 8/10

Book Review: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: Lord Edgware Dies
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 260
Publication Year: 1933

People had told me that after And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, this is the book that must be picked up. And good that I started off immediately since this is a fine piece of murder mystery which kept me hooked until the end.

An engaging story-line, murder one after the other, air-tight alibi of a person who claimed she will murder her husband at the top of her voice, Poirot engaged in the story right from the start and what more can you want? A perfect murder mystery keeps the reader guessing till the end without boring them out with pages and pages of analysis and along with Hastings, this is what we as a reader did in this book. So, just to summarize, please please please pick up this book and give it a try even though you have never been a mystery lover.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to ‘get rid of’ her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn’t help feeling that he was being taken for a ride. After all, how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had finally granted her a divorce?

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
Website: www.agathachristie.com

Rating: 10/10
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