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message 1: by Rita (new)

Rita Great review, Jean! I think that I will take a pass on this one. I have seen the David Suchet TV adaptation and it is nothing like the book.


message 2: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean Yes, exactly. It's not often that I prefer an adaptation to the original novel! And thanks Rita :)


message 3: by Renee (new)

Renee Great review. This is my least favourite Christie novel. I was very disappointed in this one, and it seemed very disjointed when I was reading it. Short stories all strung together to make them part of The Big Four storyline makes sense as to why it felt that way. Poirot and Hastings were not the characters I know and love in this book. I'm not sure why she didn't like The Mystery of the Blue Train. I read that one and enjoyed it. Not her best, but a fun read.


message 4: by Bionic Jean (last edited Jul 12, 2019 10:06AM) (new)

Bionic Jean Renee wrote: "Great review. This is my least favourite Christie novel. I was very disappointed in this one, and it seemed very disjointed when I was reading it. Short stories all strung together to make them par..."

Thank you Renee! Yes, it made more sense when I learned how it had come about, but it's such a mish-mash and a terrible waste of good material :(

As I said in my review, I think she may have found it hard to separate what was going on in her life from the actual novel she produced next (The Mystery of the Blue Train), so these two remained forever tainted with bad memories in her mind.

I found The Mystery of the Blue Train was an OK read, but nowhere near as good as some of her best.


message 5: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Great review Jean. I agree it was certainly a Poirot low point


message 6: by Elizabeth A.G. (new)

Elizabeth A.G. Thanks for your excellent review, Jean. The Big Four was definitely a disappointment and your explanation of it being a "hotch-potch of a novel" (which made me chuckle as we Americans would know it as a "hodge-podge") certainly explains the disjointed nature of the book. The other expressions you use in your review also made me smile - "what really took the biscuit" and "it reads like a penny dreadful" - and were definitely on target.

Also interesting to learn of the adaptation done and how it differed from this "hotch-potch" of a book!


message 7: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean Adrian wrote: "Great review Jean. I agree it was certainly a Poirot low point"

Thanks Adrian! I was disappointed, as it seemed to start well.


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Great review Jean. I have just seen an Irish movie called Lost and Found which is a similar format. It's a series of short stories based around a core of characters. While I enjoyed the Irish accents and humour, the whole experience left me with more questions than answers....🤔😍📚


message 9: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* wrote: "Great review Jean. I have just seen an Irish movie called Lost and Found which is a similar format..."

Thanks Sandy! Good to hear from you :) I think it was bound to be a bit confusing and leave you wanting more, really.


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