Agatha Christie is no where close to her best works.
Agatha Christie is my MVP. I know whenever I need a break from serious reading, or from other genre reads, I can completely rely on her. Though her stories do involve murder, it’s not like the ones written in today’s times. Today’s stories are too serious, too gory and don’t leave any chance to detail the scenes. It’s a style of writing and I am not complaining. At the same time, I feel Agatha’s style of writing is very crisp and much more difficult. She doesn’t take a long time to describe her scene- the house, farm, city, etc or the characters. There are many twists and turns and she keeps us guessing for most part of the story. I wrote down a list of her books, in priority, and have been completing it one by one. After around 12-15 books of hers, I am feeling the boredom. The cases aren’t as interesting as her top rated books, and I have got used to her style of writing so much that I could actually guess the culprit correctly at the end. Lord Edgware Dies is one of those works which has a very interesting plot but is plagued by usual clues.
When Lord Edgware dies, Poirot is called on to investigate by the lawyer of the family. A series of people in the family profits from the death of the patriarch and hence they make it to the list of suspects easily. More murders follow making things more complicated. A phrase uttered by one of the deceased before her murder becomes the key point of the investigation. We also have two lines of investigation- One by our renowned Poirot and his loyal assistant Hastings and on the other we have Inspector Japp. I have read Japp in few of the books before but never had he been so irritating. Even the banter between Poirot and Hastings isn’t enjoyable. It’s more dominating and insulting from Poirot’s side in my point of view. Each one has a very confusing theory, confusing the reader even more. The entire story solely depends on the timeline, which isn’t explained clearly hence making the read a very tiresome one. The breakthrough evidence at the end, though a surprise, comes across very forced.
Lord Edgware Dies fails to hit the right chords. A very disappointing read.