I love that the indefectible Miss Lemon (Poirot's secretary) not only gets a backstory but finally makes a mistake. Of all the minor characters Agatha Christie weaves into her narratives (she's in most Poirot novels) Miss Lemon and her filing system has always appealed to me as the perfect match for Poirot's meticulous nature. Agatha Christie clearly had a ball destroying Poirot's calm and he sets out to solve a clever case of theft just to get his well-ordered domain back. But before long there's murder thrown into the mix...
Many Poirot fans will recognise Hugh Fraser's voice from some of the TV adaptations as Captain Hastings.
No. The main female characters are so depressingly damaged in their self esteem and perception of what they deserve from these guys they're hooking up with. Maybe she's trying to set us up for major empowerment but god it's painful to listen to women who seem to be really degrading themselves both with their own thoughts and with the attention they seek from others. Yes having a crush on someone who seems unreachable can make us miserable but this seems on par with Bella in twilight deciding suicide is better than not being with a vampire - unrealistic and downright degrading.
I could only cope with a couple of hours of this book. Such a whining, snivelling, self pitying character has never before be written with such grandeur. He's sick, no one else knows he's sick yet he expects someone to miraculously arrive or call and when they do (god know's why) he is beastly to them.
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