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The author of the book: Agatha Christie
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: February 2nd 1983
ISBN: 0671468073
ISBN 13: 9780671468071
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Reader ratings: 5.4
Language: English
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I'm going to go ahead and give this five stars, because it is fairly rare for Dame Agatha to go all-out creepy with her books and I'm amazed at how well she does it here! I read this book a very long time ago and never forgot the image of the old lady calmly saying that the milk is not poisoned TODAY and inquiring about the body walled up in the fireplace. Gave me shivers! So I had a sense of happy deja-vu when I read the first chapter and realized that this was *that* book...so many of Christie's titles are interchangeable ("murderous" literary allusions) that I had no idea. The creepiness was back in full force on re-reading, and I had forgotten the twist that occurs in the denouement and was very startled and unnerved by it!

So, five stars for atmosphere, but also for another reason: I love the way Tommy and Tuppence have aged in this novel. Unlike the perenially elderly Miss Marple and later-middle-aged Poirot, T&T age convincingly over the long span of Christie's career and it is a real pleasure to see that they are still devoted to each other and still fond of sleuthing. Christie portrays their marriage wonderfully; it is not overdone, just a portrait of a fond couple who are very "settled in" together and have mutual affection and respect. Very sweet. I also like that Albert is still with them and provides a bit of domestic comic relief.

One more reason to admire this novel is the way that Christie sets herself a difficult challenge and lives up to it--rather like Nemesis, the mystery starts with almost no clues to go on, and the characters must think well outside the box to get on the right trail. Any decent mystery writer can start with a dead body and go from there, but only Christie could start with a harmless painting of a pretty house with something ever so slightly "off" about it and develop the plot in the fascinating way that she does here. Highly recommended.


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