Another Agatha Christie ‘who dunnit’ that I read immediately after reading the Poirot reviewed below. This time the central protaganist is that other staple of Christie’s work, Miss Marple.
Miss Marple’s character bears a striking resemblance to TV Columbo. She bumbles around gathering information which she then weaves together into a conclusion. Like Columbo, a large part of the pleasure of the process is seeing how the answer is constructed. Unlike Columbo, you don’t get to find out at the beginning of the story just who the guilty party is.
As with ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’, the story is complex, but well managed, and the bits and pieces of the story are meted out at a pace which keeps you interested, without ever being overwhelming.
My only caveat is that I wouldn’t read two Agatha Christie’s back to back again.