2007: 39. Murder in the Mews

“The flat was a modern one.  The furnishings of the room were modern, too.  The armchairs were squarely built, the upright chairs were angular.  A modern writing-table was sat squarely in front of the window and at it sat a small, elderly man.  His heat was practically the only thing in the room that was not square.  It was egg-shaped.”

Murder in the Mews, Agatha Christie

The final Christie, at least for now (though I am on a wicked mystery re-reading tear, so watch this space.)  This one is a collection of four Poirot stories/novellas.  The title story is the best, and most original solution, plus it involves our old friend Inspector Japp.  The next best is Dead Man’s Mirror, which has Mr. Satterwaithe at the beginning, and directly references the events of Murder in Three Acts.  The other two, The Incredible Theft and Triangle at Rhodes, were not so great, particularly since I am 99% sure I have read other Christie short stories and novels that had similar (if not exactly the same plots).  I have to say, I read this one quickly, and wouldn’t recommend it for other than Christie completists.  Generally speaking, I prefer her novels to her short fiction, which is often repetitive.  Her great strength is her characterization (particularly how she makes stock characters seem briefly real), but in short fiction the characters rarely escape cliches.

Recommend for:  People who love Christie; people who couldn’t get enough of Murder in Three Acts

Date/Place Completed: 3/20/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-Read; Agatha Christie Project

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