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Curtain by Agatha Christie
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Feb 29, 12

bookshelves: crime, 1900-1950s, own

Poirots final case. The old detective invites Capt Hastings back to the scene of their first case together - the stately home of Styles, which has now been turned into a guest house. And again, there is a feeling of menace in the air, especially when Poirot informs hastings that he is on the trail of a murderer that has no apparent connection to his victims - he is the perfect murderer. With a cast that includes a nervous ornitholigost, a dedicated doctor and his hyperchondriac demanding wife, Hasting's own daughter, and several other stock characters (the boisterous 'pukka sahib', a typical philanderer with his eye on Judith Hasting - and everything else that moves,the old maid with a secret past, and the couple that own the house), Hastings is soon bewildered as to who the murderer can possibly be.
The outcome is sad, as this is where Poirot takes his farewell bow, but the most unexpected ending ever, and the only way this could have been resolved. A fabulous effort in misdirection, though once you have read it, you can see the clues that Christie left behind...
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