A little spoiler-free review of the ABC Murders by Agatha Christie…
Book: The ABC Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 267 (Paperback)
Genre: Mystery/ Crime
Age Recommendation: 12+
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”
After enjoying And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express so much, last month I decided to continue my Agatha Christie adventure with The ABC Murders.
The book features Christie’s characters Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings as they try to put an end to a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as A.B.C.
As with the other novels I have read so far, the plot is comfortably straightforward. Although I did find this one a little bit slow at the beginning, the plot was interesting enough to keep reading on. There’s a great selection of intriguing characters, lots of natural dialogue and plenty of timeless humour. Poirot is a lovable oddball, very self-assured with a great love for order. He’s also very good at his job. You think you can keep up with the detective and before you know it everything you’ve been thinking is disproven and you’re looking back at the story in a whole different light.
Whilst this book is not my favourite so far, The ABC Murders was an entertaining mystery and a quick read. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery and as always, I was left in awe or the wittiness and skills of Poirot. I am looking forward to continuing my journey through Agatha Christie’s books!