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Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
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Jan 18, 12

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Read in January, 2012

Petra, "a rose-red city half as old as time", is a Jordanian tourist spot and the place of death for the "old Buddha" as fellow travelers observed her: swollen, bloated, immovable in the midst of her family, the Boynton's, a "gross spider in the center of her web"!

"An American family-rather an unusual one, I think." Unusual indeed! All adult children including in-laws cowed to their step-mother whose power of manipulation, tyrannical nature, and complete financial control ruled their desperately unhappy lives.

"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" The diabolical question filled the night air and Hercule Poirot's ear, as he overheard the man in the next room at the Soloman Hotel in Jerusalem state his case.

With motives that number the desert sands, Poirot's task is as insurmountable as the pyramids. Who had access to a syringe and digitoxin? Who was alone in the tent with the victim in the heat of the day when the family and guests were taking in the wonders of the inaccsessable city?

"My theory is that criminology is the easiest science in the world! One has only to let the criminal talk--sooner or later he will tell you everything", Poirot said with his usual humility!

What is a life worth anyway, when the sacrifice of one would release all? Everything can be deceiving in the heat of the desert sun. Highly Recommended!



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