Tag: Seasoned

Agatha Christie – Taken at the Flood | Review

Title: Taken at the Flood

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 192

Rating: 3.5/5

This was just okay but not great, although I always say that even Agatha Christie at her worst is better than most at their best. I think the issue here is that she did her usual thing of not introducing Poirot until towards the end of the story, and that only works if the story and the characters have got you hooked. Here, they unfortunately didn’t.

I did enjoy reading it though, I just can’t say that I enjoyed it as much as the other Christie books that I’ve read, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re a seasoned fan. It’s one of the few times that I’ve been reading a Christie novel and asking myself when it was going to end because I wanted to hurry up and move on to something else.

So yeah, there’s my take on Taken at the Flood, although you should take it with a pinch of salt. Some people like some Christie books and some people like others. So there you have it.

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Agatha Christie – Parker Pine Investigates | Review

Title: Parker Pine Investigates

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 192

Rating: 5/5

I wasn’t expecting great things going into this one, mainly because Parker Pine isn’t as well-known as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. This is also a short story collection, although that worked in its favour for me because I actually think that Agatha Christie is at her best when she’s writing short fiction.

I also loved the premise of this one, which was that Parker Pine placed an advert in the paper saying, “ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT, CONSULT MR. PARKER PINE.” The stories then follow the different people who respond to the advertisement, and it’s fun to see how Pine deals with each of them in a different way.

All in all then, I was super impressed by this book and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. I’d 100% recommend it, even if you’re new to Agatha Christie. If you’re a seasoned fan then that makes it even more important for you to get to it. It was just what the doctor ordered, lots of fun.

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