In an attempt to catch up on my vast backlog, I’ve decided to start doing more mini reviews. Especially for books that I’ve enjoyed but didn’t necessarily blow me away. With that being said, I thought I’d start with the madame of mystery herself, Agatha Christie! I’ve been reading the Hercule Poirot books this year with a group of bookish friends and it has been an absolute blast. I really enjoy Christie mysteries, but I love being able to discuss with the group at the end the most. Buddy reads are the best, y’all!
Though we’re deep into our Poirot readalong, I’m only going to review the first three books that I’ve read with the group. Spoiler alert: it’s not the first three actually Poirot books because I may have skipped the short story collection that should have been read number three 😬 I do plan on reading it (at some point…) but probably during a month where I don’t have a ton of blog tours going on. So… maybe in like three months, lol.
Alright, enough rambling, time for the reviews!
Though this wasn’t the first Hercule Poirot book I read, I think if it had been, it would have been a fabulous introduction to our egg-headed detective. This was a quick and interesting mystery that got the reader familiar with Poirot and his many mannerisms in the best way. I thought the set-up was great and the mystery itself was intriguing. Though I guessed at some things, I still found myself reveling in the reveal at the end. Poirot just has a way with laying everything out that is so much fun! But let’s not forget our favorite bumbling sidekick. This is the first time we get to meet Hastings and, though he can be a bit dense and maybe too preoccupied with a pretty face, I find myself missing him when he’s not around. Christie certainly has a way of getting you attached to her main characters!
Word of warning, there are a couple of racial slurs randomly dropped in this one. Though it didn’t detract from the overall story, it definitely jolted me out of the book for a minute.
That being said, this was a solid read and definitely a solid beginning to the Poirot legacy.
The second installment in the annuals of Poirot was an enjoyable, quick read. It was also kind of forgettable, lol. Luckily, I took notes for this one! One of which simply says “God, you suck at this, Hastings.” So our loveable idiot is back in action! I continue to love the way Christie writes her characters. They’re so set in their ways and it makes it easy to slip back into the world of Poirot. The mystery in this one was a head-scratcher, though I think this was one of the only times that I actually guessed whodunit! But, as I mentioned, it was kind of forgettable. Definitely not one of my favorite Christie books.
I think part of the reason for that was the kind of subplot with the random Cinderella. I dunno, it seemed so out of the blue and persistent and I didn’t much care for it. Though I guess Hastings marries her in the end (according to subsequent books) so I suppose she had to be introduced at some point. I just found myself bored reading those sections.
Overall, though, this was a good book, an interesting mystery, and Poirot is as quirky as always!
Of the first three Christie books I read, this was by far my favorite one. I actually read this one first, as it was chosen as the book for a buddy read/book club with some of the TWR gang awhile back. After reading this one, I was more than happy to jump into the Poirot buddy read! My favorite part of this story has to be the mystery at the heart of it. This was a wonderfully crafted mystery that had me guessing til the very end! And I kind of loved the ending, even if I didn’t love what happened to the person who committed the crime. Definitely side-eyed Poirot for that one 😒
Beyond the fantastic whodunit, I, of course, found myself enthralled with Poirot again. Hastings is missing in this one, but his replacement was an interesting character, as well! I’m quickly learning that I really enjoy how Christie writes her characters. They’re so dynamic and just come alive on the page.
Overall, though this book has since been knocked off my top Christie spot, this was intriguing and the twist at the end was *chef’s kiss*
Well, the beginning of my Agatha Christie journey has been pretty solid, so far! And it’s all do to the ever endearing, if kind of rude (😂), Poirot. Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy Agatha Christie’s mysteries? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!