Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Curtain by Agatha Christie Book Review
Hercule Poirot returns to Styles, the scene of his first great case, to prevent a dangerous mass murderer from striking again. But the great detective doesn't know that this will be the most dangerous case in his illustrious career - and perhaps the last (from Goodreads).
This is my first book by Agatha that I have ever read, so I was not sure what to expect. But as you can imagine the expectations were high, because I am reading Agatha Christie’s books, author who had and still has such a great influence on mystery novels.
This book is set in Styles and it is the last book for Poirot. The story was very interesting and there was a lot of mystery around it, as a reader you have a hard time figuring out who the murder is, actually you do not figure it out till the very end. Well at least I did not.
This case takes different approach to solving a crime, in this book Poirot tries to figure out who will be the next victim rather than who the murder is. This is because he already knows who the murder is. Like already mentioned it was very interesting and intriguing book to read. Also it was a quick read
In some instances I was annoyed with how Poirot talked to his friend and partner Hastings, telling him he is not smart enough, etc. But in turn I was also annoyed with Hastings for accepting this verbal put down by Poirot. Because Hastings was not a stupid man, maybe he was not as smart as Poirot but he was not stupid.
Also I found the book to be sexists in some cases, when the author was talking about the female characters, but then what can you expect from the time period this book was written in. But it was somewhat off putting.
Aside from all its shortcomings this book was enjoyable read, and if you like mystery novels this will appeal to you , especially the ending and the mystery behind the murder. The ending is ironic and that is what I loved about it.
4 out of Stars