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The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
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Jul 29, 2011

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This is definitely not your usual Agatha Christie fare. Rather than hidden clues and treacherous red herrings, this is better read for its humor and characters. Christie pokes fun at the political suspense genre by weaving in stereotypes like the mysterious Hungarian Countess and the spooky Russian criminal, and as she often does, Christie also takes aim at the English aristocratic classes. There are some delightful lines here such as, "An unfortunate love affair, in Lady Caterham's opinion, was so often highly beneficial to young girls" or when one character refers to himself as a budding diplomat, another comes back with, "you must be still in what they call the larval stage."
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