Thursday, March 14, 2013

Peril at End House: a review

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By Agatha Christie
Audiobook, narrated by: Hugh Fraser

A review in 10 words or less: Hercule Poirot reveals a murderous plot for love and money.

On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley describe her recent “accidental brushes with death.” First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. 

So when Poirot finds a bullet hole in Nick’s sun hat, he decides that this girl needs his help. Can he find the would-be killer before he hits his target? 

~Amazon Description~

I enjoyed And Then There Were None so much last year that I thought I'd get a second helping of Christie.  Of course, the intrigue and mystery of Christie paired with narration of Hugh Fraser is a perfect combination.

The Breakdown:

Hercule Poirot is supposed to be on vacation.  While enjoying a peaceful afternoon with his friend Hastings, a young woman is nearly shot.  As luck would have it, this wasn't the first time the young lady almost met her demise that week.  Luckily Poirot, the legendary (and rather self-centered) detective is on the case.  Mistaken identities, attempted murder, and great fortunes are at stake in this classic thriller.

The Awesome:

In typical Agatha Christie style, her mystery is complicated, or maybe detailed is a better word.  She stocks the plot full of red herrings, suspicious characters, and death defying moments.  It really pulls you into the mystery and keeps the deductive juices flowing.

Hugh Fraser is a pretty fantastic reader.  His cocky, French Poirot was spot on, and his compassionate, thoughtful Hastings kept the story light and enjoyable.  The British accent doesn't hurt either.

The Not So Awesome:

Just one more example of my inept powers of observation.  I admit it took me awhile to finish the book, causing me to forget important points that might have helped solve the crime, but it kind of felt like crucial elements were kept away from the reader to make Poirot look better.  Maybe I'm just jealous.

Christie is worth the read, and the time.  If you love mysteries, give her a chance, then go watch the Doctor Who episode that shows just how brilliant the writer could be.

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