[Review] Cards on the Table

Author: Agatha Christie
Sourced: Found at a second hand shop where proceeds go towards women trying to re-build their lives.
Meows: 4.2 out of 5, because I love a good old-school mystery

TL;DR

Poirot is back in this solid old-fashioned sleuthing read where four crime solvers (detectives and crime novelists included) are paired against four criminals at a dinner party. Unknowingly, the host is murdered and it’s up to Poirot and the other three sleuths to put the clues together to discover who had motive and opportunity. A quick read, the murderer isn’t who you suspect, just as Christie warns you at the beginning of the book.

REMEMBER THIS

“Of course I believe in the truth, said Rhoda.
Yes, you say that – but perhaps you haven’t thought about it. The truth hurts sometimes – and destroys one’s illusions.”
page 113

“Life if a difficult business, said Mrs. Lorrimer. You’ll know that when you come to my age. It needs infinite courage and a lot of endurance. And in the end one wonders: Was it worth while?”
page 117

TOE BEANS VALUE

I’m most certainly bias, but I feel like Agatha Christie novels deserve a high toe beans value. Even if you’ve read that mystery before, they’re still fun and enjoyable, no matter if it’s the first or the fifth time you’ve read a book. This was my first time reading Cards on the Table, but I love how simplistic the writing can be and how easily the story is told. For those reasons, I’m giving this book an 8 out of 10 toe beans.

It’s a fast read. It’s a fun read. It’s a beach read. It’s a commute read. It’s a great palette cleanser between books and it’s one I’ll definitely keep on my shelf or pass on to friends when they need a classic. It’s the kind of book you’re happy to share with others, but if it doesn’t come back to you, it’s ok. You’re sure to find another Christie novel along the way.

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What’s your favorite Agatha Christie? Do you love her or hate her? Like and leave a comment below!

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