Murder on the Links is the second book in the Poirot series so go check out my book review for The Mysterious Affair at Styles first!
On a French golf course, a millionaire is found stabbed in the back… An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse…
I’m really glad I carried on with this series, I loved watching the interactions between the characters evolve and the dynamics constantly shift and change in Murder on the Links. This was definitely one where I wished Hasting’s would shut the hell up. But you can’t have everything I suppose.
I think we should talk about my one annoyance in Murder on the Links and that would definitely have to be Hastings, his actions drove me mental, and I couldn’t quite see the logic in it. I know that ‘love’ worked differently back in 1920 but it was all a little ridiculous. I actually felt sorry for Poirot and having to deal with his craziness. Now that’s out of the way on to the good bits.
I think the way the murder happened and all the different elements that are brought together made this book. I had a vague inkling of who the murderer was but not the how and why. I definitely need to listen to what Poirot says more closely, he knew like 30 seconds in, but then that might spoil the book. I think the way the case was set up was intriguing especially the way it kept you guessing and needing more information.
One thing that really surprised me in a good way was the way that Poirot reacted to the other detective, I found the exchanges to be humorous and a huge part of what made this book great. I loved the manipulations of both extremely well done and believable, it was an added bonus to have the rivalry of the two detectives made the case more interesting.
I would definitely recommend this series, the books are short and to the point and they definitely deserve their title as classics. I can’t wait to dive into the next one! Here’s hoping I enjoy it as much as the others!
Have you read any classics that you really think deserve the title? Let me know. I think this could become a thing – me reading classics.