Alice Ascher from Andover is the first victim. Next to her corpse is a spellbinding clue. It seems that a killer is knocking off his victims one-by-one, A through Z. Alphabetically speaking, Hercule Poirot fears that it’s a matter of one down, twenty-five to go.
I basically love every Poirot novel I’ve read and I’m not suprised that I love this one as well. The story was so interesting, very well written, and Poirot – as always – is witty and fabulous in all sense. I love the idea that the murderer is killing alphabetically and the advance letters sent to Poirot gives it a great flair for the theatrics. Multiple murders, a manhunt, and clues sent by the murderer himself/herself! It’s not the usual murder mystery i’ve read which gives this books something fresh. It’s funny and oh so entertaining to read about the whole mystery.
Christie has a way to make you feel confident in your guess as to who is the murderer and then you flip a page and you’re sudeenly so unsure of your guess. She’s so clever at fooling readers! Her mind is so articulate and amazing. I find it specially cool when she lays down all the facts at the end; explaining the how’s and why’s of the murders. It’s simply amazing how this woman works.
This won’t be the last of Christie I’ll be reading. I’m already looking forward to her other books just waiting on my shelf. Absolutely love her work!