Crime fiction is one of my favorite genres. Dame Agatha Christie is my joint favorite author in the genre, along with another legend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When I decided to write about the books I love for #AtoZChallenge 2019, the first book that came to mind for the letter A was this one. To be frank, it came as no surprise to me. And I’m sure to those who know my favorite reads, this choice would be no surprise either.
It is my belief that a good crime fiction is based around three or four key aspects: the detective, the motive, the victim and the pace of the book.
In this novel, there is no detective per se. This is a locked room mystery no doubt. The murderer and the victim(s) are in the same room. As a reader, you know who might be killed, but the curiosity to know who actually is killed is what keeps the pages turning. With multiple victims chosen for some “crime” of theirs, it makes me wonder who might have a grudge against all victims. The book keeps the reader engaged from first to last, without giving any hint of who the killer is. And that is top notch writing from the Queen of Crime.
What makes this book even more interesting is that it is based around a poem. This might be one of the top two novels written by Agatha Christie. I’m a big fan of the author, so this might be a tad biased. But if someone were to ask me for a recommendation among the author’s works, this would be the one I would suggest!
This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.
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