Pages: 267 Price: £8.00 Published: 1936 by Harper Collins
Genre: Mystery, Classic, Detective
“Murder is a very simple crime. But at the hands of a maniac, a serial killer, it becomes a very complicated business. With the whole country in a state of panic, the killer is growing more confident with each successive execution – Mrs Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill, Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston… But laying a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just be his first mistake,”
Agatha Christie’s writing will never fail to amaze me. The queen of mystery has done it once more, spun a tale of murder, mystery, twists and turns. The ABC Murders is one that I could not solve but thought the ending, Poirot’s solution, was so well written and perfectly executed so it fit with the crime perfectly.
The ABC Murders as you can gather from the blurb of the book portrays a homicidal maniac killing people in England seemingly going through the alphabet murdering those whose names and towns begin with the same letter following the alphabet. Yet all these murders are known about before they’re executed, the murder gloats, feels proud and craves attention and so they taunt Hercule Poirot with letters sent to him detailing when and where the murders will happen.
Poirot enlists the help of those affected by the murders, friends and family who knew the victims. Poirot knows that simply by talking things out a fact must arise that was overlooked before that can be crucial to discovering the identity of the murderer. Whilst at the same time he battles with the egotistical Inspector Crome who leads the case for Scotland Yard and in fact looks down upon Poirot.
Halfway through the novel it seems as though you can guess the culprit but alas, Christie has led you into one of her traps and soon proves you to be so wrong when you believed yourself to be so right. The twist you will never see coming and I shall be amazed should you guess the ending. The ending is a clever, well constructed, brilliant wrap up to the novel with the chapter simply called “Poirot Explains” such a smart way to conclude the case and show the readers the truth and solution.
The book is majorly written from Poirot’s good friend Hastings account, spare three or four chapters. I personally much preferred this than to the novel being written from Poirot’s point of view as it allowed the reader to keep guessing and really view Poirot’s character from another persons perspective which I really enjoyed reading and I love some of Hastings little lines.
Would I read it again? Most definitely
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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