I know I have been on an Agatha Christie kick lately. There is something about fall that makes me want to curl up and read a really good mystery. When it comes to good mysteries, Agatha Christie is one of the best authors of all time. Her books are an intellectual treat in a field that increasingly relies on suspense and action to carry the story along.
There’s just one bad thing about wanting to curl up and read during the fall: the unlikelihood of uninterrupted reading time. Never fear Christie mystery fans! I have the perfect Agatha Christie for you. Hercule Poirot’s Early Cases is a compilation of 18 short stories featuring, ahem, Hercule Poirot. These short stories are perfect reading for busy times. I can fit in a short story here or there throughout my busy days and be happy. I get a whole story done and can cheerfully get back to work without having to drag myself away. I get more done!
Because these are in the short story format there isn’t as much development of story. I was able to guess the bad guy fairly accurately throughout the book. However, my method of guessing doesn’t hold a candle to the thought process of Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells. That is one of the things that I have really enjoyed about Agatha Christie. She is able to reason her solutions out and presents a wonderful case and solution without relying on the all-knowing, verging on voodoo magic powers, detective like Sherlock Holmes. She also doesn’t have to rely on the fumbling detective who basically falls into the truth.
Instead she uses clues like a chocolate box with the blue lid instead of the pink lid. I think my favorite clue was found in the story The King of Clubs. Solving the entire mystery revolved around one significant item, the king of clubs. I don’t play bridge, but I can appreciate the clue none the less, because I do play games.
If you haven’t ever read this book you should check out a copy from your library. Amazon has a million for sell, but there isn’t a kindle edition. That disappointed me. I am getting quite fond of my kindle that allows me to own and read books without having to buy more shelves!