Ms Christie's 19th Hercule Poirot mystery is set in 1938 where Israel and the surrounding area is still called Palestine. The story is presented in the third-person narrative. The mystery is broken up into two sections with the first part centred more on the character of Miss Sarah King; a young, intelligent, strong-willed lady sticking her nose into other people's business especially the highly dysfunctional Boynton family. Surprisingly, this 1938 lady exudes a feminist mindset in a time when most women were in more subservient positions. In fact, the Lady Westholme and the odious Mrs Boynton are also very strong-willed female characters. The author presents a large cast of suspects. There are ten people who all could plausibly be the murderer of the nasty ole bat, Mrs Boynton.
Hercule Poirot only takes centre stage almost halfway into the story. As usual, the colourful eccentric Belgian uses his grey cells to solve the mystery and kept me stumped until the very end. The only problems I had with Ms Christie's work is the ending was tied up too neatly for my tastes and writing romantic scenarios was certainly not her strength. The way in which a few characters instantly fell in love was laughable. Despite those two minor hiccups, the mystery was very entertaining and plausible. The arrogant Hercule Poirot is priceless...Continua
Sono stata sveglia fino a notte fonda per vedere come andava a finire. La buona vecchia Agatha non delude mai!
I have to remark this book, absolutely... the first and only time in which I recognized a clue disguised in the book by aunt Agatha!
Clue that allowed me to understand who were the murderer; then, naturally, I couldn't either clearly reconstruct the motive nor the correct modality of the murder!!!