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
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
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
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
I tend to like Hercule Poirot mysteries and this one was pretty good. It did drag in places. When I started reading it seemed so current. Here is a conversation between Prince Ali Yusef and his English friend and pilot Bob Rawlinson,
Says Prince Ali "Take refuge in your Embassy? That, never. The extremists would probably storm the place -- they wouldn't respect diplomatic immunity. Besides, if I did that, it really would...more
Nevertheless, I enjoiy Christie writing in her unusual backgound story : G...more
I felt Christie spent so much of the novel giving the reader a wonderful back story to the crimes but the ending was just choppy. In other Poirot mysteries I've read, the reader actually follows Poirot's thought process. This novel is not like that at all. Poirot sort of shows up at the end and says: "Voila! This person is the murderer. Eh bien, I will go away again now."
Still pretty fun to read. Even though the queen of cri...more
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