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March 22, 2020

Poirot Investigates

 

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My happy place and a good spot to read.

How is everyone doing? I am mostly well, but must admit that I’ve had a few fleeting moments of panic. Today marks the eighth day I’ve been in my house. It has been a blessing to have this Agatha Christie project to keep my mind occupied. Aren’t books wonderful?

My local library is now closed, so I read this book online. I prefer an actual book, but it did seem to me that it took less time to read on my iPad. How do you prefer to read?

This week’s selection, Poirot Investigates, is a book containing fourteen short stories. Poirot may have been an excellent investigator, but I apparently am not. I did not realize this was not a novel. This will be our last short story selection, I would like to keep our reading to novels for now.

That being said, I do enjoy short stories and have a published my own in a few anthologies. This was the first time I’d read any of Christie’s Poirot short stories. I liked them very much, but I think I prefer her Poirot novels. My favorite story from this book was The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge. I think Agatha Christie was quite fascinated with actresses because she uses them in many of her stories.

This past week I also had the opportunity to watch the 1974 Sydney Lumet version of Murder on the Orient Express. I do love that movie, but it is for Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Jacqueline Bisset, definitely not Albert Finney’s Poirot.  As I’ve said before, David Suchet is the perfect Poirot.

Next week we will read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Until then, stay well, stay in your house, and keep reading to lift your spirits!

March 16, 2020

Murder on the Links

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I’m snuggled here in my office, doing my part at keeping my distance from others. I guess I’ve picked a good time to start reading Agatha Christie because it seems there will be plenty of time for at least the next two weeks.

How did everyone enjoy this week’s Poirot mystery? This was the first time I have read Murder on the Links and I really enjoyed it. I have not yet seen the show, but plan on doing so this week.

My first thought was that the story would be about golf, and must admit was thankful that wasn’t the case. I was able to guess the true identity of the victim, but was totally surprised at the conclusion. Towards the end of the book I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

Yesterday afternoon I watched a very entertaining show on Amazon Prime about Agatha Christie. The Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet  was fascinating. He took the viewer on a tour of Agatha’s life by interviewing her grandson Matthew, and her biographer Laura Thompson among others. I especially enjoyed the interview with artist Tom Adams who created the covers of many of Christie’s novels.

In one segment David Suchet drives an almost identical car to the one that was found the night Agatha went missing in 1926. He and Laura Thompson park in the location where Christie’s car had been found and discuss the theories of her disappearance. All the information was extremely interesting and I highly recommend this program if you haven’t already seen it.

I am most interested in your thoughts about Murder on the Links and hope you will comment below. Next week’s book is Poirot Investigates.

Enjoy your week and keep yourself and your neighbors healthy by staying home and reading!

March 8, 2020

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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How nice would it be to take a rest and recover after an injury at an old friend’s beautiful country estate? That sounds relaxing to me. But what if you knew accepting such an invitation would involve you in a murder? If you were Arthur Hastings, friend of Hercule Poirot, you most certainly would be involved.

It is Hastings that brings Poirot, and us the reader, to Styles Court. Hastings’s days of relaxation are cut short when his hostess, Emily Inglethorp, is murdered in her bedroom. John Cavendish, Hastings’s friend and the step-son of the victim, is only one of many suspects.

I won’t spoil the outcome for you, but the story, in my opinion, is well plotted and the characters come to life giving us, the reader, a true sense of  time and place. Each character is presented in a way that leads us to believe they must have committed the horrendous crime, but then they are quickly exonerated only to be cast in the light of guilt once again. Though I’d read this mystery before, I had forgotten who had committed the murder and enjoyed being surprised at the end.

Hercule Poirot is an interesting character who is uniquely and completely sketched out. His egg-shaped head and tiny, neatly trimmed mustache are firmly planted in our own grey cells.  Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Alfred Molina, John Malkovich and Kenneth Brannagh have all taken a turn playing the Belgian detective. My favorite will always be David Suchet. I believe his portrayal has been the most consistent with Christie’s character.

What did you think of The Mysterious Affair at Styles? Do you prefer the book to the film adaptation? Who is your favorite Poirot? Next week we will meet here again to discuss The Murder on the Links, Christie’s second Poirot mystery.