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The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
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Nov 13, 2010

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Read from September 08 to 09, 2011

Retired detective Hercule Poirot can't help but find that life has become a little dull. When he receives a panicked letter from a billionaire named P.T. Renauld, asking for help, he jumps at the opportunity. Only by the time Poirot and Arthur Hastings arrive at Renauld's home, the man has already been murdered. And even the great Poirot is surprised when a second man is found murdered in a similar fashion. Can Poirot and Hastings track down the murderer before it's too late?

Murder on the Links is an early Agatha Christie novel starring Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Admittedly, sometimes it really feels like an early Agatha Christie novel, as the characters aren't quite as memorable as in some of her later novels, and the end twist seems to lack the necessary punch. Still, Murder on the Links does have a satisfyingly twisty turn-y plot filled with plenty of really great surprises, and is ultimately a good mystery story. This makes up for any of the books shortcomings.

One thing I always forget about the older Christie novels is that they're narrated by Arthur Hastings. Hastings does a good job at providing the everyman's point of view. Like the reader, he attempts to solve the mystery for himself and follow Poirot's seemingly bizarre trail of clues. He also has a habit of falling in love with every attractive young woman he encounters, which provides a nice amount of comic relief. Another interesting character this time around is Monsieur Giraud, a French detective that serves as a bit of a rival for Poirot. Giraud sees Poirot as being old fashioned, while Poirot criticizes Giraud for relying too heavily on physical evidence, forcing it to fit unlikely solutions. Giraud is also a thoroughly unlikable character, so it's satisfyingly at the end when Poirot emerges from their rivalry victorious.

Murder on the Links is a fun, and short early mystery by Agatha Christie. From the start, the book moves quickly, making it a very fast read. Although it's far from the strongest of her novels, the mystery plot is really enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book to established Agatha Christie fans.

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Reading Progress

09/08/2011 page 116
48.0% "Still in the mood for some Christie, so reading this one next."
09/09/2011 page 240
100.0% "Done! Review coming soon."

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