Thursday, January 13, 2011
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
Synopsis From Back Cover:
Jane Wilkinson was once America's darling of the stage. Today she is better known as the unfaithful wife of eccentric Lord Edgware. Unfortunately, her confidential admission to Hercule Poirot that she'd do anything to escape her miserable marriage couldn't have come at a worse time: the very day before her husband is found stabbed to death. Lucky for Lady Jane she has an alibi as impeccable as her taste in lovers. But is she truly innocent-or is she giving the performance of a lifetime? The outcome of Act III is up to her newest fan, the brilliant Belgian sleuth, sitting front row center...
This is not my favorite of the Agatha Christie books I've read so far, but that doesn't mean what it would when a different author is being talked about. I will take her "average" book, of which this is one, over most author's "great" books. No matter what, Agatha Christie shines at creating a complex, story driven mystery that hooks you in and never really lets you go.
What I have a problem with in this book, is what I generally have with any book that Hercule Poirot is the star of. He just gets on my nerves a little bit. He's quirky, egotistical, and pompous. For the most part I'm okay with that because he is a brilliant mind who is worthy of that egotism. Sometimes though I just want to throttle him and tell him to shut up. Luckily, Hastings was in this books and he, at least for me, humanizes Poirot a bit.
As for the mystery itself. I was able to figure this one out early on, but it still kept my attention and let me get lost in the case. Christie is brilliant at creating a series of events and situations that by the end of the book come together in a way that makes sense. She never pulls a solution out of thin air and gives the reader all the clues they need to figure it out before the detective does. This was a solid book and one worth reading.
Challenges: A-Z, M&S, FF, VM