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Agatha Christie – Cat Among the Pigeons | Review

Title: Cat Among the Pigeons

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 352

Rating: 9/10

 

Agatha Christie - Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie – Cat Among the Pigeons

 

I’m glad I got round to reading this – Cat Among the Pigeons is a genuine Christie classic, one of the finest examples of her work that I’ve come across so far. Here, her writing is so engrossing that when Hercule Poirot appears around two thirds in to the story, you’d forgotten that you were expecting him – it’s a nice surprise, but you almost feel as though his presence is unnecessary.

The novel is set at the prestigious Meadowbank girls school, though its roots are in Ramat and in the death of a Prince as he tried to escape from his country. Now, I went to a working class secondary school which mixed sexes and didn’t cost a fortune per term – the setting of the story is as far away from that as my flat is from a palace. Still, Christie’s depiction of the school is so vivid and complete that I felt like a teenage girl who was really there. A scary thought, I know.

Adam is an interesting character, too – the young gardener with a secret second personality. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take you long to discover it, and indeed he’s one of the leading males in the novel, a novel that’s notable for its strong leading female characters and forgettable, minor males. Don’t let that put you off though, because that would be sexist. It would also be unnecessary – all of the characters are intriguing, and you’ll be tangled in the usual web of suspicion and dark unrest.

Here, then, Christie is at her best – you can see why they call her the Queen of Crime, and this novel can stand up against the best of them. The A.B.C. Murders, And Then There Were None, you name it – this deserves the highest praise that I can give to it. I urge you to go out there and buy a copy at the earliest opportunity, it’s a great little teaser of what was to come from the Queen.

 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

 

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Agatha Christie – Three Act Tragedy | Review

Title: Three Act Tragedy

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 252

Rating: 9/10

 

Agatha Christie - Three Act Tragedy

Agatha Christie – Three Act Tragedy

 

Three Act Tragedy is yet another of Agatha Christie’s early novels, and all of them have one thing in common – they’re excellent. Christie was at her best during the 1930s in my opinion, and it’s certainly the decade that produced the majority of her most widely-adored novels.

It’s also one of her most widely-imitated books – it pioneered a plot device that has since been used across many genres, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s a fantastic book that’s well worth reading, so it’s better to discover it yourself at your own time.

Since it features Poirot, Christie’s unendingly enduring detective, one’s forced to expect a certain standard of quality in Christie’s writing, and she doesn’t disappoint – Poirot is at his best, and the story-line will keep you guessing until the end, whichever edition you’re reading.

 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

 

As always, Christie is also self-referential, hinting at cases from The Mysterious Affair at Styles and At the “Bells and Motley”; likewise, she refers back to Three Act Tragedy in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and in The A.B.C. Murders, another of her finest works.

While this is far from Christie’s greatest novel, it’s still an excellent starting point for a new reader and widely recommended from me – as a general rule, read anything she released in the 1930s. And don’t miss Death On the Nile, The A.B.C. Murders and And Then There Was None.

 

Agatha Christie Quote

Agatha Christie Quote

 

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