Series: Hercule Poirot #11
Published by Berkley on 5th July 2005
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At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die...Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison -- just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive!
If you didn’t know I have pledged to read 25 of the Hercule Poirot by the end of the year Three Act Tragedy is number 11, so I know I won’t get to all of them, but I’m going to make a good number. I love the different stories and characters that take part in the stories, and as always I never see the ending coming! Three Act Tragedy definitely didn’t disappoint in that concern either. I always worry about writing these reviews because the good points are always the same and I don’t want to come across as repeating myself over and over.
What I will say about this book and why it didn’t get the usual 5 star rating was that there wasn’t enough of Poirot in it. I am a fan of the detective and his mannerisms and the way all the characters work and interact with him. So I wasn’t a big fan of the fact that for half the book he’s not really present. Plus there were so many characters and people to keep a track off that it wasn’t really a wonder that I didn’t see the ending coming, it was more the fact that I couldn’t remember the names of everyone.
The motive and the ending for Three Act Tragedy was something that I didn’t even think of and it blew me away. I still can’t believe that that was the motive for the murder. But I always say with the Poirot books that the endings and motives are so well thought out that even though you don’t see it coming in hindsight you know why things happen. I would have liked to have been able to keep of the characters a little better so I could have been more shocked or had more of an opinion but you can’t have everything I suppose.
I think if this book wasn’t part of the series I would be a little disappointed with it especially as Poirot wasn’t the main event in this story! I have to say without the other books in the series Three Act Tragedy would have been a complete let down. I think I would still recommend the series but I don’t think I would recommend this as a book to go out of your way to read.
What do you think of the Poirot mysteries? Are they some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
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