Wednesday, December 14, 2011

REVIEW: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

book cover of Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie
Title: Appointment with Death
Author: Agatha Christie
Date Published: First published in 1938
Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 256 pages
Challenge: None
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Poirot finds himself on another vacation, this time to Jordan, and finds himself in the midst of yet another suspicious death with another investigation. Only this one has been ruled to be of natural causes and he has given himself a mere 24 hours to solve this mystery.

The Boyntons are a family that is trapped under the tyrannical reign of their mother, who takes great joy in seeing her children suffer under her and having complete control. The majority of the book takes place before the actual death and really gives the reader and idea of who is who and what each of the characters are like and who could possibly have a motive. While in other books, like Murder on the Orient Express, there is a large focus on the actual investigation, there is more of an emphasis on the characters and the events leading up to the death.
Christie does a fantastic job I think with the lead up. There are so many different characters, each with motives and you have to sort through the facts in the brief investigation to come to the conclusion about the killer.
Overall I liked it. A fast read, but not one of my super favorites. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

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