2008: 90. The Big Four

“I have met people who enjoy a channel crossing; men who can sit calmly in their deck chairs and, on arrival, wait until the boat is moored, then gather their belongings without fuss and disembark.”

The Big Four, Agatha Christie

This Christie is a Poirot novel, which are usually my favorites.  However, unlike most Poirots, it is not a cozy murder, but an international spy caper, and quite frankly, her spy type novels are always pretty terrible.  I don’t know if they were popular in the 20’s when she wrote them, but they just do not hold up today - in a post James Bond world, (let a alone a post Le Carre world).  This “mystery” concerns the existence of “the big four” four individuals who are trying to take over the world (mwah ha ha)!  Only Poirot can stop them, blah blah.  The only fun part about the book is that its narrated by Hastings, and a great deal of the plot relies on Hastings being duped by Poirot, which is always sort of funny, but seriously, this one is for Christie completists only.


Date/Place Completed: 6/16/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Re-read; The Agatha Christie Project

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