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Agatha Christie – The Secret of Chimneys | Review

Title: The Secret of Chimneys

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 310

Rating: 3/5

This one’s a bit of a strange one because there aren’t any of Christie’s iconic characters for us to enjoy and it’s arguably more of an espionage thriller than a classic cosy mystery. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing here to like, but it does mean that if you’re expecting some classic cosy crime then you’re probably going to be disappointed.

I think my favourite thing about this book was probably the old lady who’d lived a blameless life and who ended up being blackmailed by someone. She realised that the blackmailer had got the wrong person, but she decided to play along anyway, even giving him some money, which she would otherwise have spent on a dress. She just wanted a little bit of excitement in her life, and fair play to her.

From there, someone gets murdered, and then we kind of slowly move on from there. The pacing is pretty good and the overall plot itself works out, it’s just that it’s nowhere near as gripping as some of Christie’s other work and so it feels relatively disappointing as a consequence. It’s definitely something that you’re only going to want to read if you’re a completionist like I am, or if you’re lucky enough to get a copy of the facsimile edition without paying, like I did.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for you here. I guess the only other thing that I’d mention is that one of the characters speaks like Poirot does, using English but sprinkling in random bits of French here and there. I feel as though Christie was just keeping herself in practice there and it didn’t really work so well. You see, not everything she touched turned to gold.

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Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Review

Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 3*/5

 

Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

 

I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed by this book. I mean, sure – it’s an Agatha Christie detective novel, and so a certain extent you know what you’re getting, but it’s been hyped up as one of her best and to be honest, I thought it was nothing more than mediocre.

Sure, there was a twist at the end that took me by surprise, but that’s par for the course in a good detective novel. And there’s also the inimitable Hercule Poirot along for the journey, although Hastings isn’t here. I just found that other than Poirot – who wasn’t even at his best here – there just weren’t many characters that I found interesting or easy to relate to.

Loosely speaking, the story follows the subsequent investigation after a woman called Mrs Ferrars commits suicide. She poisoned her husband, but nobody suspected her – except for her blackmailer – until she couldn’t stand it any longer and took the only way out she felt she had available to her, leaving a letter to the man that she loved where she explained it all. And then Roger Ackroyd – the lover – dies, and Pandora’s box is opened. Good, but not great.

 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

 

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