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Agatha Christie – The Pale Horse | Review

Title: The Pale Horse

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 266

Rating: 3.5/5

This is nowhere near the best of Agatha Christie’s books, but even here when she’s average I guess at best, she’s still better than most other writers. Plus I could be a little biased there because neither Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple appears here, although Ariadne Oliver does and she might well be my favourite of all of Christie’s supporting cast of characters.

I also quite liked the idea of the pale horse and the way that was used as a recurring theme throughout. Christie is great at doing that and we’ve seen her do it throughout her career with the various different books that play with nursery rhymes. This book is like a twist on that I guess, and with the added bonus that Ariadne Oliver is basically just a mouthpiece for Christie to share some of her own thoughts on life as a writer.

What’s kind of funny is that in many ways, she’s more open and honest about her relationship with writing here than she was in her autobiography. She always seemed to think of herself as more of a housewife than as an author, despite the fact that she’s one of the bestselling authors of all time.

So when it comes down to the question of whether or not I’d recommend this one, it really depends. If you’re new to Christie then it probably makes sense to start with one of her more well-known books instead of going for this one. Yeah.

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Agatha Christie – N Or M? | Review

Title: N Or M?

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 304

Rating 3.25/5

 

 

This book is one of Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence books, and while I’m a reasonably big fan of those books compared to the average Agatha Christie reader, I couldn’t help feeling just a little bit disappointed by this one. I think that’s because it had so much promise, dealing as it did with espionage during the Second World War. In particular, it dealt with the idea of The Fifth Column, German agents who were living in the UK in a sort of Trojan Horse type situation.

And the story itself was interesting enough, neither better than nor worse than the majority of the plots that I’ve seen from Christie and pretty unique because of the fact that it’s more of an espionage thriller than it is a cozy mystery, although the reality is that it has elements of both. I think that’s what made it worth reading for me, although the story itself was just fine and it was of course very well written, being a Christie book.

Other than that, I’m not sure what else there is that I can say about this one, because even just a couple of hours after finishing it, not much of it remains with me. The only thing that I will say is that I quite often find that Christie’s books either have excellent characters or an excellent setting, but rarely both. In this one, it’s mostly the characters that stand out, and indeed there were points at which I sort of zoned out of what was happening and couldn’t remember whereabouts we actually were.

Overall, it’s a decent enough little book and pretty typical for Agatha Christie. And that’s one more ticked off.

 

 

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