I love the Poirot series on PBS which is what prompted me to begin reading Agatha Christie's books. I started with a Miss Marple first and then read "I love the Poirot series on PBS which is what prompted me to begin reading Agatha Christie's books. I started with a Miss Marple first and then read "Taken at the Flood." I have to say that the storyline was pretty difficult to follow. Not difficult in a complex sort of way, but rather, difficult in that there were so many different characters introduced within the first few chapters, many of whom were related and thus with same last names. As I progressed through the chapters, it was difficult to recall which character was married to whom, or which aunt had the quirky personality trait, who was the widow of which brother and how many children were in the mix from their first marriage...UGH!
I was hoping for an enjoyable tale packed with mysterious secrets and plot twists. Instead, I found the narrative to be slightly confusing, not very intriguing, and surprisingly lacking in representation of the intended main character himself, Hercule Poirot. In fact, the bulk of the story has no mention of Poirot. He is mentioned briefly in the opening chapters in a “flashback” to set the stage for events to come, and then is not referred to again until the end chapters when he is finally called in as a consulting detective to help solve the crime. Without spoiling the ending, I was disappointed with the conclusions reached as Poirot unraveled the mystery to the room of obligatory suspects. Many of his deductions came from information not shared with the reader. In the end, the book itself was mediocre. I enjoy Christie’s writing style and language, and find most of her books enjoyable. “Taken at the Flood” was unremarkable, and the plot like one took a Sharpie to the sun: clouded, muddled and a bit dull. Not a good starter book for one unfamiliar with Christie’s writing. I give it two (out of five) pac-mans. ...more