Bernadette – I’m glad you thought this one a good read. In all honesty I don’t think it’s Christie at her finest either, but it’s a good ‘un. And I like the scene between Colin Lamb and Geraldine Brown, a young girl who lives near Wilbraham Crescent, and who just might have seen something of interest…
Oh yes Margot that scene Colin and the young girl with the broken leg was terrific
Happy to see a new post from you. Um. I’ve been told by a Christie fan to start with her Miss Marple stories. I have a bunch of those to read and will stick with those. Hmmm, I missed the challenge issued by Rich on finding a book set in 1963. Thanks for the review Bernadette. I’ve only read one Christie and hope to read more.
I’ll be curious to see how you find Miss Marple Keishon…I’m not really a fan of hers I’m afraid although I haven’t really read any for ages – perhaps I’ll view them differently now that I’m closer in age to her 🙂
There’s a lot of metafiction being typed by the girls at the bureau. Christie was often funny (see her autobiographies). And there are laughs in Mrs McGinty’s Dead, just for example.
I must admit I’ve never read any of her biographies – I was given one of them but it has never made it to the top of the giant pile of ‘to read’ books. I’m afraid I’m one of those people who just likes to read the books, I’m not really that fussed to learn about the authors. But I shall look out for Mrs McGinty’s dead as I don’t think I’ve read that one. Thanks
Nice to see you back Bernadette. The Clocks is not one of her greats, but it’s still not bad. I think Robert Barnard points out in his book on Christie that it’s a great set up but she doesn’t really do much with it, and the business of the clocks isn’t that interesting. But still, I often say that middling Christie is still better than a lot of others.
True you always feel the clocks should be more central to things than they turn out to be. But you’re right Moira, even on her not so great days Christie was better than average.
Thanks for the review. I’m not a fan of Christie’s particularly, and when I used to read her books, it was the Belgian detective’s cases that I read about. Miss Marple never appealed to me. This is true with the movies, too. David Suchet is just so good as Poirot.
It’s funny you should mention the TV show Kathy because that’s really what prompted me to re-visit the books a few years ago – just love David Suchet. I’m not a huge Christie fan like Margot or Kerrie but she was one of the first crime authors I ever read and it is interesting now to see where some of the things I think of as clichés have originated
Nice review, Bernadette. I have missed your posts here, although you have done a few at Fair Dinkum Crime recently. I am slowly working my way through Agatha Christie’s works although I have read none so far this year. This one sounds interesting from the point of view of the time it was written and comparison to her earlier works. So far I have liked all of her series protagonists equally. I have just amazed that Christie can entertain me in some way no matter what type of mystery it is. Originally I was not such a fan of Poirot but he is growing on me.
This one was actually on PBS the other night, but I was too busy to really catch it. I hope it replays soon.
I read Poirot mysteries while a teenager, but I differed with Christie on some fundamental issues, like her attitudes towards Jewish people and immigrants, so I dropped reading the books. Yes, even at that age I expected scruples from writers.
However, watching the Poirot TV episodes, I don’t quite see the issues, which were so glaring in the books.
I don’t know if Christie’s later books had shown any changes in her viewpoints.
I know this book isn’t considered to be ‘up there’ with other Christie novels but I really like this one. I think I just like the story although it does feel that Poirot has just been slotted in at the end.
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