It’s been a while since I did a book review, but that’s not because I haven’t been reading. On the contrary, I’ve been devouring books at such an absurd rate that I forget to even write the reviews! I like to read, what can I say. I’ve been on a bit of an Agatha Christie kick lately and have read at least half a dozen (if not more) Hercule Poirot books and I have completely fallen in love with them. The first Agatha Christie book I ever read was And Then There Were None and I thought it was so amazing, but sort of forget to pick up any other of her books at the library. But then when I discovered so many of them were on the library’s e-book app I was so excited and immediately got to work reading each one in the best order I could.
My favorite so far has been Peril At End house and if you haven’t read it, go get it immediately and start now. There are many fantastic things about Agatha Christie books, but one of my favorites is the jump back in time to the 20s and 30s. I love hearing the descriptions of what people are wearing and I love reading about practices that aren’t really around anymore, like high tea and dressing for dinner. Despite that though, Christie’s books are so intricate and there’s always some sort of twist that you totally never saw coming.
Peril At End House follows Nick Buckley, a woman who has inherited a large estate and has recently had several near-death experiences. She meets Belgian detective Poirot while he’s on vacation and he suspects someone may be trying to harm the charming and beautiful woman, so he begins to investigate a murder that has not yet happened.
This book had so many twists in it that I truly did not see how it was going to end, and for a mystery I find that quite rare. Unfortunately, so many mysteries are pretty obvious from the get-go who the murderer (or in this case would-be murderer) is and although the story might be great, it’s no fun when you can predict the ending. Christie’s books are so great because in all the books I’ve read, I’ve only accurately predicted the ending once and that’s pretty impressive.
Poirot is a very strange but hilarious character and I absolutely adore him and his very odd tendencies and unintentionally rude behavior. I don’t find there are many murder mysteries that are fascinating but also make me quite literally laugh out loud. I couldn’t recommend this book enough, and if you’re looking for another amazing Christie murder mystery, look no further than the Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
Have you guys read Agatha Christie books before? Do you love her as much as I do?