Sunday, January 13, 2019

My Year with Agatha: Hercule Poirot Books 4-6

Good Afternoon! 

Hope your 2019 is off to a great start! I've been working on getting as much reading time in as possible (as usual :) )! Today, I am going to review books 4-6 of the Hercule Poirot series! 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Wow! This is one of Agatha Christie's better known and loved books, and no wonder! This book is almost tied with And Then There Were None on my mystery favorites shelf. I miss Captain Hastings who did not feature in this book, but this story is amazing even without Poirot's beloved sidekick. Poirot has retired and is seeking peace and quiet in the village of King's Abbot. All this comes to a halt when a wealthy local widow commits suicide. The plot thickens when it is revealed that she recently confided to her fiance, Roger Ackroyd, that she was the victim of blackmail. Shortly afterward, Ackroyd is found stabbed to death! Who could have taken his life? Poirot must set aside his vegetable gardening and retirement and put his "little grey cells" back to work! 

The Big Four

In this book, Poirot is investigating a worldwide criminal organization. Hastings and Poirot become enmeshed in a world of intrigue and espionage. I'm going to be honest, I didn't love this one. I later found out that it began as a group of short stories that were published separately, which makes sense. The story feels loosely meshed together. Even though it was a shorter book, it took me longer to finish because it was hard to get into. 

The Mystery of the Blue Train

This was so much better than the last book! While taking a luxurious train ride, Ruth Kettering was murdered. When it is discovered that her rubies have gone missing, Poirot is called upon to discover who was the murderer!  I just love these train mysteries! If you loved the Orient Express, try this one as well. 

Thank you for reading! Is anyone else taking the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge? If so, what has been your favorite so far? Feel free to leave comments in the comment section! :) 

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