Title: Peril at End Point
Author: Agatha Christie
While on holiday in Cornwall, Hercule Poirot falls, turns his ankle and stumbles into pretty Nick Buckley, accident-prone heiress of a local estate and the survivor of several near-fatal mishaps. Poirot suspects more when strange connections surface between distant relatives, an absent pilot and a local gang of friends.
Monsieur I am Hercules Poirot. Did anyone else imagine David Suchet’s voice when they read that? No? Just me okay. The detective is here again in Agatha Christie’s novel and solving another case. That too while on vacation well as to be expected of the great detective I suppose. I wonder if that’s a common thing for detectives and if so, how annoying must they find it? I mean I get the Poirot is always happy to solve an interesting case. But what of others? What about people like Nancy Drew who don’t want to find mysteries wherever they go?
But I digress (always wanted to use that word.)
Like most of Christie’s stories, this is not a very thick book. Yet the story it holds is not any less exciting. Christie’s stories are a classic and Peril at End Point did not disappoint me. Or perhaps it did, ever so slightly. One is never ready to see flaws in a fictional character that one has on a pedestal and this story, told through Poirot’s friend Hasting’s point of view, did not show our favourite Belgian (not French) detective in the most favourable of lights.
That hardly matters I suppose in the theme of the story. Beautifully written and concise, Agatha Christie gives us a murder mystery that has us at the edge of our seats and that can be read in a much shorter time than any cumbersome book. With well written English, it is a book that a literature connoisseur would most certainly enjoy, if for the language alone.
This is a book that can be read by all those that enjoy a good mystery with no age limit and thus makes for beautiful light reading, something that can be read on the train on the way to work perhaps or even to end the night with.
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