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