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Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
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This book is not one of Agatha Christie's better novels, even by the standards of the lower expectations I have when Hercule Poirot is involved. The beginning involves some truly irritating characters on a trip in the Middle East (including a spectacularly whiny protagonist who constantly whines to her companion that the large family on the trip is weird and no one else will validate her observation and "Oh please, I need you to call them vaguely inhuman too!" in a way that made me wish that she had been the murder victim), and eventually the villain of the story is quietly murdered offstage (in true Agatha Christie fashion). The rest of the novel, then, is page after page of dense and sluggish but irrelevant dialogue, as Poirot interviews each character and frequently stops to gloat to the reader about how brilliant he is. When the killer is finally revealed, it comes out of nowhere and only makes sense because of a last-second revelation that the reader really couldn't have guessed from the clues provided, leading to a feeling of disappointment for having taken any time reading this book.
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David I don't know why you read her books as you don't seem to like them much.


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