Middle East + murder while remaining in the classic British mystery setting. Great read.
Even though Poirot doesn't show up until page 134, this is still a very good story. If you've read any of Enid Blyton's boarding school series (Malory Towers, St. Clare's), they may be in your mind when you read about Meadowbank, the school in this book, except for the fact that Blyton's schoolmistresses don't get murdered. A total of three die over the course of the book, and the motive is tied in with exotic jewels that have been smuggled out of a revolution-torn country in the Middle East. The story is really interesting (and the Middle Eastern flavour adds a nice touch to this book) and the final twist was particularly ingenious. Well worth a read.
Overall a very cozy book. I honestly enjoy Agatha’s work and I love how her books are far more interested in the mystery and setting the atmosphere than spilling guts. This murder is quite different in setting and it’s not my all time favorite, but I loved it! 3.5 stars from me.
★★★✰✰ 2.5 stars
This was one of my least favourite books by Agatha Christie. The beginning of [b:Cat Among the Pigeons|16342|Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot, #34)|Agatha Christie|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1275665326s/16342.jpg|2728434] struck me as belonging in a spy/espionage novel rather than a detective novel. The characters were rather bland: some of the teachers had interchangeable personalities, the young girls were irritating and Poirot makes an appearance only after the half-way mark.
The dialogues lacked Christie's sharp wit and the mystery was downplayed.
Overall, I much preferred ITV's adaptation of this episode (they get rid of an unnecessary character and David Suchet aka Poirot is on the case from the get go).
Didn’t realize this was a Poirot book and was pleasantly surprised when he showed up most of the way through. The prior construction of the mystery wasn’t great though.
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