My book review of “The ABC Murders” written by Agatha Christie
Title: The ABC Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Series: Hercule Poirot #13
NUR: 331 – Detective
Publisher: Pantheon Klassiek / Dutch Media Books B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 1935 – 2014
Year read: 2016
Original language: English
Read language: Dutch
Places: Andover / Bexhill / Churston / Combeside / Doncaster / London / Paddington / Pevensey / Torquay
Rating: 5 / 5 – definitely a favourite
I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.
In my view…
Captain Arthur Hastings, the former companion (from ‘compagnon’) of the famous detective Hercule Poirot, came back to London. He paid a visit to Poirot and at that moment you can guess two things: will they work together again on a new case? Or was Hastings just on a visit and have they both other things to do?
What I really like about the book is the writing style. Agatha Christie chose her sentences with care. Poirot has his typical own style. French words but he is not French, he is a Belgian private detective. These French little sentences makes a nice variety between his – where he is known for – long and accurate detailed explanations. Hastings is telling the story from his own view. But when Hastings did not directly experienced it, he tells the story from a third person style.
The book is translated into many languages. Agatha Christie is the best-selling author forever in the English detective scene of books. I have read the Dutch version of the book and I only discovered two spelling mistakes.
The main characters (mostly suspects) besides Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are very different from one another. Because they are so different and the story parts changes quickly after every murder, my main suspect changed as quickly with it. The plot of the book was really surprising for me! I did guess that suspect in the beginning of the book, changed to several others and didn’t change back to that suspect. I guess I am better in guessing the suspect in detective television series than in books… I liked it so much how Agatha Christie misguided me. But how Poirot explains it in the end, it all makes sense again!
Have you read one of the stories about the detective Hercule Poirot?
Or do you read other detective series?
Greetings by Sophie