book review: Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie

Another fun entry in the Poirot series…

a lovely diversion with an ending not to be guessed

Captain Hastings and Hercule Poirot are on holiday when they learn that several attempts have been made on a local girl’s life. Poirot seeks to stop a future murder, with mixed success.

This is the 8th published work featuring Poirot (6th novel), and while not the finest (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, perhaps? I have not read them all…yet), it made for a pleasurable travel diversion while waiting in Brazilian airports. As the New York Times Book Review said of this novel in 1932, “With Agatha Christie as the author and Hercule Poirot as the central figure, one is always assured of an entertaining story with a real mystery to it” [1].

[The previous Poirot works are – in order – The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Murder on the Links, Poirot Investigates, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Big Four, The Mystery of the Blue Train, and Black Coffee (a play later adapted as a novel).]

Note on potentially objectionable content: Sexist protagonists (Women, they are impatient!) and murder as entertainment.

[1] Isaac Anderson, March 6, 1932, p20. Quoted in the wikipedia entry for this book.

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4 thoughts on “book review: Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie”

    1. I’m glad the note made you laugh. I sometimes laugh at what I and members of my LDS subculture regard as “offensive”: skin and swear words, largely. Not to downplay those, but I so often forget these accepted offenders of the spirit.

      The idea of murder as entertainment in particular troubles me … but not enough to stop reading. Agatha, you tempt me so!

    1. I appreciate the comment, but i TOTALLY disagree. The Big Four is Much Worse, in my humble opinion.

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