The title says it all for me. Hypothermia. This book simply left me cold. One of the underlying themes is the question of life after death with the main character firmly mired in disbelief. I can respect that. But it does seem that a little more life before death might be indicated! On the plus side, George Guidall does a great job with material that is both slow and melancholy.
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books. In addition to the question of who did the murder, there is the spunky and attractive fiancee who tells every man in sight: "It's so nice to have someone to depend on..." as she gets them to do her bidding in solving the crime. Will she stay with her somewhat questionable fiancee or move on to a more promising man?
Sigh...I could not even finish this book. I knew I was in trouble when the main character is a man who grows breasts. This renders him not human in the eyes of the culture. This could have functioned as a commentary on our society but it doesn't read that way. As the book slides into racism I gave up on it. There might be some interesting ideas in this book, but I did not feel that it was worth wading through a sewer to find them. Now I know to avoid this author.
Truth be told, I had given up on Kitty.Spending several hours with her sitting in a cabin in the woods while complaining about writers block and her new late night talk show rival didn't do much for me. But, despite what others have said, I like this book a lot. There is the humor of a Las Vegas wedding and plenty of new mysterious characters. Does that magician really make people disappear in his spooky box? Are those Bengal tigers in the animal show what they seem to be? Who is more scary-- the head vampire of Las Vegas or those people attending the gun show at Kitty's hotel? This book held my interest from start to finish.
Imagine Agatha Christie poking fun at Ian Fleming. The plot of this book is equal to the most absurd of the James Bond antics. As a matter of fact, in this book no one is safe from Christie's witty observation.She pokes fun at young people, rich people, aristocrats and gardeners. If you are ready to let go of the demand for realism and have a good laugh, this is the book for you!
Within the long lexicon of Christie novels there is quite a range: from outright funny to genuinely frightful. This is a dark story. It held my attention and ended with a shock. After I had finished, it stayed with me as I pondered the human heart and how things could have been so different. Though this book is in no way gory, neither is it cozy. It is well worth the listen, but you may want to confine it to the light of day!
I confess. I listened to this book in a day and then I started over, listened again and then I bought the other one in the series and I listened to it. This book is like a visit to India. In addition to being funny with an engaging plot, Tarquin Hall does an amazing job of creating atmosphere. His lively descriptions of the sights and sounds and tastes and daily life in India bring the book to life. The narrator also gets five stars with his warm voice and beautiful accent. My next challenge will be to find an Indian restaurant in Boise Idaho! If I had a complaint, other than that I don't have the funds to hop on a plane to India, it would be that there are only two books in this series. However the next is due out July 1!
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