This novel was published the year before she died, leaving behind her legacy of addictive and civilised crime fiction, which any age can read and enjoy. This novel doesn’t disappoint. It has everything you look for in an Agatha Christie story; the world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, and his upper crust pal, Captain Hastings, having a sojourn together, (for goodness knows what reason – how the other half lived), in a stately great house, “Styles”, the scene of previous novels, and murders. A catalogue of guests is introduced, one of whom, according to Poirot, has murdered five times already, and the purpose of their stay, is to try and prevent a sixth murder, “before the curtain falls...”
The delightful friendship between Hastings and Poirot, is one of the most entertaining in crime fiction, alongside Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Poirot tests Hastings to the limit by refusing to share his suspicions regarding the identity of the devious murderer in their midst. Another interesting character, central to the action in this novel, who also just happens to be staying at “Styles”, is Judith, Captain Hasting’s daughter. The denouement of this novel is a complete surprise, and rather sad, for reasons which, of course, cannot be revealed until the final curtain.
Highly recommended. LW
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