Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot #32)
quite a 'right' choice because the story reminds me of the more familiar enid blyton's boarding schools' series (i.e. mallory towers), but with such expanded plots that includes romance, theft and murder. very juicy indeed.
i could even remember that i skipped sleeping that night just to finish this novel, and succeeded doing so in less than 48 hours.
this novel was probably the one that triggered my crave ...more
Not this one, and a pleasant surprise it was. With a subject so flashy (coup d'état in an Arab state and a legacy of jewels) it would have been easy for the author to slip into kitsch. not Agatha Christie, though, who reveals herself not only a master of mystery but also a skilful observer of the young girls psychology. A very interesting touch was the ...more
However, despite that, the actual story and intrigue is excellent. Wartime espionage, secret identities, a middle eastern revolution, a quaint English girls boarding ...more
Next the story switches to Meadowbank, a posh a ...more
I enjoyed the setting at the girls' school, it was very well written and was the cause of my forgetting all about good old Hercule. I felt it provided an interesting backdrop for the murders and intrigue. I enjoyed the way she set it up this time, although it was a bit confusing to me at first.
This time Christie gives some pretty obvious clues, at least as to where the jewels ...more
A Crown Prince who has brought Democracy to his country & his pilot (a chum from school days) are forced to flee the country.... Their plane is found downed in the mountains and a thorough search is made for the sparkling "insurance"..... but the pilot was seen hiding them in order to get them out of the country lest they fall into the wrong hands.......
At an elite girls school in England the term has just begun and there is a new sports mistress, French mistress, school secretary, & gar ...more
My cover is the absolute worst. I mean, really? I see this and am mentally prepared for some haunted house shenanigans, not the spy thriller st ...more
(view spoiler)[The motive of the murder is revealed very early on, it's made extremely obvious that the murder has been done because Springer surprised someone looking for the jewels, and sure enough that's what happened. The only real question was "who?", and both the answer to that question and the way we discover it were fair ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. How could you not?? But Hercule does not appear until two thirds through the book which is different.
Meadowbank is an exclusive girls' school in England and the school year is just starting. On the surface all seems well but murder and intrigue are not far away. It's all ties up with a bag of jewels smuggled out of a Mid Eastern country ...more
I have read this book before, but the last time I read it, I was 16...that was 21 years ago. I remember it as a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I did wonder if I would like it as much this time around.
I did. I thought the resolution was a bit implausible...not the solution to the mystery, but the ma ...more
The last few books have been touch and go at best. That is, she often starts with some half-developed ideas and doesn't flesh them out like she used to do in her better books. Instead, those books use unfair tricks to get her out of a jam (Dead Man's Folly), aren't coherent in most details (Hickory Dickory), or have too much self-pity through the self-reference (Mrs. McGinty's Dead).
So I'm happy t ...more
It starts with a bit of 'ripping yarn', veers off into a school story, then Poirot turns up towards the end and immediately solves the case.
The school story is good and fairly typical of those around at the time, with the resourceful girl, her nice but slightly dim friend, the mysterious foreign girl, a staff room of briefly but perfectly drawn teachers and don't let us fo ...more
"Macabro quiz è la ventottesima avventura di Hercule Poirot e si colloca a metà strada tra la detective story e il romanzo di spionaggio internazionale. Il celebre investigatore belga compare nel romanzo piuttosto tardi quando sarà interpellato da una cliente in erba, una giovane studentessa del Collegio di Meadowbank, perchè risolva il problema dell'inafferrabile assassinio che ha messo in subbuglio la tranquillità della scuola con una serie di misteriosi delitti. Romanzo che risente del tardo...more
Il romanzo comincia con un flashback ambientato tre mesi prima della storia a Ramat, un paese molto ricco del Medio-oriente, in cui sta per scoppiare una rivoluzione. Il principe Ali Yusuf dà al suo pilota e intimo amico Bob Rawlinson una piccola fortuna composta da molti gioielli, che devono uscire dal paese, perché si fida solo di lui per effettuare questo compito. Rawlinson apparentemente nasconde i gioielli nella valigia di sua sorella, Joan Sutcliffe, che è andata a trovarlo con sua figlia
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more