If you like detective fiction you already know that Agatha Christie is the founder of the “good ol’ classics”. I know this all too well and dived into her books as of recently and this piece was exceptionally good. So now I’m recommending it to all of you.
The story is simple. Richard Abernethie – the head of the Abernethie family – dies from what seems like natural causes. But when the family members are gathered up at the old house one of her nieces blurts something out. A sentence that changes everyone’s view on the matter. ‘It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it…But he was murdered, wasn’t he?’ And just the day after she gets brutally murdered with an axe.
After that Hercule Poirot – a famous detective – takes it upon himself to solve this rather complicated mystery. After some time it becomes clear that someone from the family is the murderer. But they certainly giving away their identity that easily.
My humble opinion
I absolutely love this book. At each and every turn Hercule Poirot’s internal dialogue becomes more and more elaborate. But not enough so that we would be able to draw a clear conclusion from it. Because of this, throughout the whole book we will have a pretty good idea of what he is trying to do, but in the end we will never really be sure. This new layer of mystery was a great addition in my opinion.
It’s also a pretty short read, which makes it perfect for an afternoon when you plan on sitting back with a cup of coffee and a book. In Hungarian it was just a little above 300 pages, which means a couple of hours of fun. The perfect length for a detective novel.
I don’t know much about the film adaptation, so I can’t say anything about it. But if you have seen it and have an opinion then make sure to tell me in the comments below, especially if you have already read the book!