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Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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Jun 18, 10

bookshelves: another-time

Well, you know how Agatha Christie novels had international intrigue subplots you didn't pay attention to? Turns out they involve a pretty interesting view of world affairs. Like when the people of the city of "Ramat" reject their British-educated young prince who builds hospitals and roads -- they miss his grandfather, a bloodthirsty tyrant -- and this explanation is given: "While in England people who are picturesque and violent cause embarrassment and are not much liked, in the Middle East, Bob was fairly sure, it was different."

Ah yes, those primitive others love a show.
So there's that. And then there're the weird homophobic narrative asides about the boarding school, i.e., "It did not do to let the girls get too emotional about the mistresses."

But! The characterization is exquisite and the mystery is perfectly plotted with lots of red herrings and twists and turns. And Christie creates lots of admirable, ambitious, competent heroines.
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