Book #12 for 2016
PopSugar Challenge Categories:
– A book set in Europe
– A classic from the 20th century
– A book that takes place on an island
Personal Challenge Category:
– A book with footnotes
I first read this novel when I was about 12, and I figured out whodunit pretty easily. So a big 😛 to everybody who accuses Christie of not “playing fair.” It’s actually pretty obvious, but maybe only if you’re a kid who doesn’t know the “rules” of the mystery game. Every time I read this book I’m even more impressed with how clever she was in her misdirection. To me, that’s the real game — playing completely fair but using such deft legerdemain that nobody notices just how fair you’re being. And Christie is so gifted at this that even though this was my third reading, there were still things I didn’t remember and didn’t figure out quickly if at all.
I also wonder if the character of Caroline was what got Christie going down the path that eventually led to Miss Marple.
This is one book I would recommend to somebody wanting to give Christie a try. True, it is unusual for Christie in some aspects, but in others it is quite similar to her other novels, so it’s a good way to tell if you’d like to read more. I also like that it presents Poirot from a non-Hastings perspective and provides him a new “Watson” — and one who is already familiar with the Hastings narratives, at that. It’s a fun kind of meta.