Lord Edgware Dies | 4 star review
Series: Hercule Poirot #9
Also in this series: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Published by Collins for the Crime Club
Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to 'get rid of' her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn't help feeling that he was being taken for a ride. After all, how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had finally granted her a divorce?
Lord Edgware Dies is another book in the Poirot mystery series, and one that I think had not only me stumped but also Poirot and as always the ending didn’t fail to impress. It has some of the best collections of characters and I really enjoyed the way everything ended up coming together, I definitely think this was one of the more intricate plot lines. I have never had so many suspects and had each one turn out to be completely wrong! I do think that is was harder to keep a track of the different characters, as there were a lot of couples or wannabe couples, maybe I’m remembering that wrong, it definitely seemed like it though.
I do have to say this one had the WORST motives behind the murders, I almost couldn’t believe that someone would go to the lengths to make all this happen for that to be the payoff. I think this is why the ending eluded me, I say that like I have been able to guess ANY of the Poirot books, which I haven’t. There were definitely more intricacies that went into Lord Edgware Dies, and a lot of different back stories to keep a track off, something I kinda loved and hated at the same time. Agatha Christie definitely creates strong characters and ones that deserve all your attention but in this case, I found that some of them were getting lost due to the HUGE amount of connections and marriages. It’s the first time I seemed to have had this problem, maybe it was because I listened to them all so close together and quite quickly, who knows.
I loved the murders in Lord Edgware Dies, and the way they were all laid out with the clues. It added something to the story, we are so used to having Poirot’s little grey cells being relied on, that it was nice for us to have something physical to think about and ponder over! I still didn’t guess though, something I need to work on. I just never knew what was going to happen in this book, and it was a surprise at every corner. Your heart also sinks for some of the characters unknowingly caught up in it all. The writing style as always impresses.
As always this book and series get a BIG FAT RECOMMENDATION. I love the characters, the writing style and the fact that it just seems to be getting better and better, something that can be oh-so-lacking in book series. So seriously, if you haven’t you need to pick these up like yesterday!
Have you found a series that you keep reading and it keeps getting better? Let me know in the comments!