Peril at End House By Agatha Christie Review!

I’m currently taking part in the Agatha Christie Readathon by James J. Cudney from the blog  This Is My Truth Now.

This is second review of four books by Queen Agatha. 🙂

 

Image result for peril at end house

Peril at End House (1932) by Agatha Christie is the eighth Christie book in which Hercule Poirot features. Narrated by Captain Arthur Hastings, the book also features Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard.

The setting for the book is the fictional seaside town of St Loo in Cornwall where Poirot and Hastings are on vacation. Poirot is enjoying his retirement but his retirement is soon a distant memory when he and Hastings meet a young woman called Magdala “Nick” Buckley. Poirot becomes convinced that someone is trying to kill their new friend and his thoughts are further intensified when he finds a bullet which Nick had thought was a wasp shooting past her head when they first meet her. It soon becomes apparent that Nick has been the the victim of numerous strange incidents of late. Then Nick’s cousin Maggie is killed while she is wearing Nick’s shawl. That was a sad moment for me because I really liked Maggie and she wasn’t in it for very long! So now Poirot and Hastings are really on a case full of secrets, lies and deceit.

But there’s a stumbling block throwing our dynamic duo into chaos and confusion. End House is a house which needs to have many repairs and is mortgaged. But Poirot and Hastings plug on with determination and they have many suspects to look into. There’s Nick’s friend Frederica who is known as Freddie, Nick’s cousin Charles who inherits End House if Nick dies, Ellen the housekeeper at End House and the Australian couple the Crofts who are renting the house from Nick.

It is an intriguing book with an excellent twist at the end. I did get the twist, probably because I write mysteries, but like even when the Agatha Christies where a reader gets who the killer/s is, the intricacy of how and why are totally on point. A wonderfully crafted story by our writing legend.

To purchase Peril at End House by Agatha Christie go to:

 

For more on Agatha Christie and her work go to:

http://www.agathachristie.com/

Advertisements

The Secret Adversary By Agatha Christie Review!

I’m currently taking part in the Agatha Christie Readathon by James J. Cudney from the blog  This Is My Truth Now.

This is first review of four books by Queen Agatha. 🙂

Image result for the secret adversary agatha christie

 

The Secret Adversary (1922) by Agatha Christie was Christie’s second novel after The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It is the first of her books to feature Tommy, a soldier and Tuppence, a war volunteer. The year is 1919 and when we meet the pair first in this novel, they are in their 20s and World War One has just ended. In need of work, money and adventure they start up their own business called The Young Adventurers Ltd in a new world where jobs are hard to come by. In true Christie style though this new business venture isn’t run-of-the-mill. They decide that they can’t be picky and are willing to do any job that comes their way with Tuppence even joking about them participating in crime. Mr Whittington overhears them speaking and enlists them in their first assignment. However when Tuppence lies and says that her name is Jane Finn, a name which Tommy has heard in the street, he gives her money and disappears. This of course rises excitement and curiosity in our two young adventurers’ minds and they embark on an adventure where their lives are at stake.

Tommy and Tuppence place an advertisement in the newspaper asking for information about Jane Finn which sets things up nicely for this political mystery. Within no time, they receive two replies. One is from Mr Carter who is with British Intelligence and tells them that Jane Finn was given a vital document by a man abroad the RMS Luisitania before it sank. This ties in with the prologue which states that a man gave a young American woman a document abroad the RMS Luisitania in 1915 because she had more chance of survival. Secondly the two daredevils meet another man called Julius Hersheimmer who is an American millionaire and Jane’s first cousin. But then the real mystery of the book begins with Tommy and Tuppence on the trail of the elusive Mr Brown. No one knows his real identity but he hovers like a dark cloud of mystery and enigma throughout the novel.

This is a very fast-paced book and Christie packs a lot into it. As usual, she also adds the human element that sometimes crime writers forget to add. The reader gets to know Tommy and Tuppence very well and their interactions show how polar opposite they are to each other in many ways. Tuppence is more adventurous and loves spontaneity while Tommy is laid-back and reserved. Their differences seem to be what draw them together and their romance is beautiful to read unfold as the crime unfolds around them.

Although Inspector Japp doesn’t play a role in this novel, he is mentioned in it which I found quite cool when I read it so I thought I’d just briefly mention it here.

Agatha Christie never disappoints and she hasn’t here either. It is an intriguing and interesting read and has many fun, lighter moments. A really excellent read.

To get a free copy of Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary go to:

http://www.freeclassicebooks.com/Agatha%20Christie/The%20Secret%20Adversary.pdf

For more on Agatha Christie and her work go to:

http://www.agathachristie.com/

Three Act Tragedy By Agatha Christie Review!

Three Act Tragedy by dear old Agatha Christie is an amazing read!

Three Act Tragedy by dear old Agatha Christie is an amazing read!

I am a massive Agatha Christie fan. I think she is an absolute writing genius. Mystery writing is one of the most difficult writing there is. How on earth do you not give away the killer while also dropping hints about their identity but I think the way Christie puts her stories together is very clever especially in her novel Three Act Tragedy. I don’t want to give away who it is or why they did it because it is a clever script which everyone deserves the thrill of finding out while reading the novel but it is not an obvious ending. 

I recently completed the novel with the fabulous Hercule Poirot tottering around solving the crime and been all manner of fabulous!

The novel starts at the home of the famous actor, Sir Charles Cartwright where the actor is hosting a party. Of course our Belgian best friend Poirot is there which at once assures us all that not everyone is going to make it through the party! The unfortunate victim is the poor old vicar Rev. Stephen Babbington who takes a drop of his cocktail, convulses, and falls down dead. An inquest follows and his death is diagnosed as a seizure. However, this does not satisfy Cartwright who enlists Poirot to investigate.

The story moves on and one of the guests at Cartwright’s party Mr Satterthwaite is in Monaco when he reads about the death of Sir Bartholomew Strange who had also been at Cartwright’s party. He has perished in circumstances that are most similar my darlings to the way the dear old vicar has. Satterthwaite meets Cartwright and finds out that most of the guests who were at Cartwright’s party were also at Sir Bartholomew’s party. But Cartwright’s love Hermione Lytton Gore writes to Cartwright as the inquest into Strange’s death has been put down to nicotine poisoning. They meet up with Poirot and thus begins an investigation into the similarities of these two deaths.

It is a very clever script and I really liked the story. It may not have been considered one of her best stories but it is one of my favourite stories of hers.