The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly harmless to Captain Hastings: There was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr. Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.
So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?
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Poirot of course.
As always excellent.
Yes it was, but I didn't!
Whilst many of the later books in this series were disappointing this was an excellent ending to an overall wonderful series. It was fantastic to have the pairing of Poirot and the gentle Hastings for the last mystery. If you have enjoyed Poirot you will not be disappointed.
As Poirot's body has begun to fail him, he has called on his friend, Hastings, to act as his eyes and ears throughout this unusual investigation. Poirot was not called in to investigate on this one; instead, after studying five previous murders, he has called Hastings in to help him prevent the mysterious "X" from killing yet again.
We are treated to a final cast of unusual characters as the story progresses. Hastings is constantly reminded by his Belgian friend that he makes poor use of his brain as he tries to identify the unknown "X"; only Poirot seems to have determined the identity of X and he is not willing to share this information even with Hastings. We are also introduced to one of Hastings' grown daughters in this tale.
As Poirot's final exercise in the use of his gray cells began to wind down, I felt a pang of regret that Poirot's life was coming to an end and felt for Hastings as his life must move on without his friend.
nitric, well weaved. The patois and the love runs in and out so smoothly . Well done Agatha Christie!
Every word satisfies in this jewel of a mystery. Christie and Fraser are a perfect combination.
Helpless in CyberSpace
have always liked Agatha Christie, but especially have I loved her Belgian detective. This story takes us full circle with Poirot and Hastings, back to Styles the scene of their first adventure together. I won't go into more detail as I don't want to give any spoilers. This is a worthy addition to your Christie library, and I highly recommend this book. Good hunting!
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