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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #PoirotInvestigates by #AgathaChristie Third #3 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

Third time's a charm!
We come to the third installment of Agatha, and just like the second was no sophomore act, neither is the third.  
Method and order!
We love it and can't get enough.
From a physical perspective of course Pfizer and maybe more are coming up with the vaccine for covid but the mental cure we are finding out is actually 100 years old: Agatha Christie.

Poirot Investigates differs from its predecessors as it is short stories!
You know, this is fun-size Poirot.  You know this size from the recent Halloween candy packages.  If you actually still have a commute, this is perfect for that especially since we surmise your commute is much quieter without the riff raff you might normally see so you could conceivably read in some shade of quiet.  If you are working remotely, don't kid yourself: you need a break more than ever now!  A chapter a day keeps the doctor away.

We loved these 14 winning tales and if we had 10 more we'd have an Agatha Christie reading Advent Calendar.  It starts off with The Adventure of The Western Star, and no they're not talking about that bar in Cork, Ireland but rather a dazzling diamond.  Who doesn't want to read about diamonds!?  We love the French interspersed throughout: of course Poirot himself is Belgian.  If you don't know French you have no choice but to learn a few key phrases that Poirot will teach you.  It's also interesting to see some ways he acquires his investments!  And he's not perfect either: Chocolate Box!

Remember, these tales were written about a century ago.  There was no technology, no DNA tracing, no tracking devices but there ARE the little grey cells in Poirot's head that are key.  Seeing his line of logic will actually make you smarter and less reliant on tools of today that will verify that your grey matter is working.  Back to basics!  Also remember since 100 years ago some things have changed a bit-though we will not proclaim to be experts on London we do know quite a bit and it was not our experience that Limehouse was Chinatown but it was then.

We adore the clinchers that emerge with the grey matter brightening and you'll never guess sometimes-duplicate keys, smart disguises and mysterious flats all contribute to the great intrigue that awaits you and we will not give away.  We like how Christie references the lessons of earlier works: a man cannot be tried twice for murder a la Mysterious Affair at Styles (p. 187) which you should read first:
and then read the second second:

Remember to draw the curtains!  Remember to be an excellent listener!  And always leave the expert work to the experts.

Poirot Investigates Has Earned Whom You Know's Highest Recommendation.  Get Agatha in Fun-Size.

Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

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