2007: 84. Cat Among the Pigeons

“It was the opening day of the summer term at Meadowbank school.  The late afternoon sun shone down on the broad gravel sweep in front of the house.” 

Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie

So this mystery is one of Christie’s sort of goofy spy stories (as compared with her nice domestic murders!), and as such, I think its only for Christie lovers.  I wouldn’t start you off with Cat Among the Pigeons (no, I would start you off with Murder on the Orient Express, or possibly The Murder of Roger Ackroyd).  However, if you do like Christie, and can forgive a goofy plot that involves the missing jewels of a deposed middle eastern king ending up at a posh girls’ school, this is a pretty good read.  Not, as I have made clear, for the plot (although, I was caught off guard by the identity of the murderer, and I had read this book before - probably at least twice, so brava Agatha), but for some interesting characters, and a deus ex Poirot ending.  I particularly liked Julia, the sensible school girl and the dashing headmistress, but there are some fun minor characters too - Julia’s dotty mother, the secret serviceman posing as a gardener and (SPOILER ALERT), the king’s true love, whose price is above rubies.

Recommended for:  Christie lovers, people who went to posh girls’ schools; people with a taste for sentimental love stories (see above in re the price above rubies)

Date/Place Completed: 6/12/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-Read; Agatha Christie

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