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Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
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Amidst a group that is touring the Middle East is a family, consisting of a malicious, domineering woman, her three adult step-children, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law. The evil old harridan controls every aspect of her children's lives, rarely even allowing them to interact independently with the outside world.

When she is found dead, it is assumed that the trip was too strenuous for her, since she suffered from a "dicky" heart.

The investigating officer feels that there are still questions about the woman's death, and turns to Hercule Poirot, who happens to be in the Middle East, and who also happens to have overheard a very incriminating conversation between two of her children.

The character of the vile old woman was so vivid that I could feel the evil oozing from her! In fact, in my mind's eye I saw her as a nasty, fat, black spider, spinning the web in which she entrapped her children.

This is an example of Christie at her best! I enjoyed it immensely.
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