Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36)Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A murder takes place in a Hallowe'en party of a twelve year old girl who had insistently bragged about having seen a murder taking place two or so years ago. Hercule Poirot steps in and goes through the rural communities history, geography and politics with fine-tooth comb. It is indeed a convoluted bit of investigation which failed to retain my attention uniformly throughout.

I found three things hard to digest. First, most of those present when Joyce repeatedly bragged about being an witness to a murder claimed that they had not taken note of the claim, especially when the girl herself gets murdered during the party. Second, why should everybody claim that some psychopath let loose by the health system might have committed all the murders that had taken place in the vicinity? Finally, the allusions to Greek myth, sacrifice and all, was rather a weak link.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

So What Happens to Me?So What Happens to Me? by James Hadley Chase
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So What Happens to Me? builds up great expectations as the hijacking plot is discussed. The execution part fizzles out as sudden deaths of the pilots by heart attack and unexpected death due to fight were introduced without much conviction. Too many improbable, contrived and unexpected plot devices are used to carry the story forward.

Chase in 1970's appears to have lost some sting he had in the 40's to 60's. Nevertheless the Chase touch succeeds in making the proceedings gripping and juicy.

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