Even though this isn't my favorite Agatha Christie, she still surprised with who the killer turned out to be.
A "thriller" without Christie's usual detectives, set between the wars, quite satirical. A lavish weekend country house party falls apart when the rich young things play a joke on one of their number. It falls very flat when the wrong number of alarm clocks fail to wake him, and he ends up dead. Bundle, a very bright young woman, plays sleuth, misunderstand why a second friend is murdered. She and a third friend infiltrate a secret international criminal gang, that of the Seven Dials. They almost keep Superintendent Battle from protecting her life and solving the murders. Great fun, in spite of the mayhem.
Good story - not the best in this series, but still good
Very much enjoyed this book what an excellent twist at the end sure fooled me. Agatha Christie is my all time fav and cant wait to read more of her excellent books.
This is a 1929 book by Mrs. Christie that has been adapted into an excellent movie—with John Guielgud perfectly incarnated in the skin of the Marquis of Caterhan, and James Warwick from “Tommy & Tuppence” playing the bad guy. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a quite surprising end that I defy you to guess! It’s a young Agatha Christie at her best. It reintroduces superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen (aka Bundle), who had their first appearances at Chimney’s; they are back to solve a entangled net of international espionage. Now, brace yourselves for the Introduction by Val McDermid… He warns readers of Christie’s lack of political correctness—I kid you not!—as if we were a bunch of little kids who need guidance. He then lectures readers on the shortcomings of “hidebound” Conservatism (to which he, at least admits, Mrs. Christie was a partisan); Conservatives, it seems, are a bunch of bigots, intolerant, narrow-minded creatures… I don’t know about others, but I enjoy reading authors such as Christie, Buchan, Sapper or Mason not only because of their literary capacities, but also BECAUSE of their lack of PC, so I’d appreciate the absence of this kind of “introduction”!
This is one of the very rare times that I can say that this book could be used for " milk of amnesia " ( Robin Williams )., It did not have either Mis Jane Marple or Hucule Poiroit as the main slueth of the book
Was a let down
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