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Monday, November 16, 2020

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #TheBigFour by #AgathaChristie Fifth #5 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

Those green eyes have it again! The element of surprise is alive and well, and dictates this novel.
Also, you'll be most delighted Hastings has returned. We missed him. Poor Cinderella...and see, this is why you should read them in order! Previously on Whom You Know, Agatha Christie has earned accolades:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The fifth Agatha Christie is quite the game of chess, as indicated by the cover. Among the five we've read so far, we consider it to be perhaps the most action-packed and exciting! If you are reading us, aside from 2020 we have written about the action-packed excitement of Manhattan since 2009. Now we get it in a book! 

Since it is on the quicker pace, it reminded us a bit of a cartoon that played out in our head as the plot unfolded, not unlike Scooby Doo, Inspector Gadget or of course in Gotham City, Batman. Remember, those all came after Agatha Christie. The Big Four are four individuals, some obvious, some not that threaten the world in their united quest for world domination. Though it sounds unrealistic remember that there's never been a better year for fantasy and odd situations!

Number One is the plague of 100 years ago (or to be totally accurate 1927): Li Chang Yen. He is the only one of the four defined at the start, and not only is it necessary for Poirot (Batman?) and Hastings (Robin?) to stop them but it is also essential they uncover the identities of the other three individuals. As usual, there's no shortage of well-written thrilling English emanating from the pen of Christie, and we do hope she is reading up there.

Highlights include Poirot's trick cigarette on page 69, the character of Flossie Monro who might even be a little like Marilyn who adds an "e," and quite the family member of the team that will surprise you towards the conclusion.

Finally, you'll find yourself looking around at restaurants after reading this looking for the one dabbing their bread to pick up crumbs.

Watch the moves of your enemies closely, make your move and triumph!

The Big Four is Recommended by Whom You Know.

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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