Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
The late Andrew Marsh, who never agreed with his niece’s academic aspirations, has left all of his wealth to his niece in his will—but only if she can locate the deliberately hidden document within a year’s time. So she employs the help of Detective Hercule Poirot in The Case of the Missing Will by author Agatha Christie.
High-five to young Miss Violet Marsh for knowing her gifts and having the courage to use them, even when her uncle (as well as the narrator of the story and Poirot’s sidekick, Captain Arthur Hastings) doesn’t believe her scholastic pursuits to be becoming of a woman.
My interest in this short story slackened somewhat during the middle. But as I headed toward the end, I should’ve known it was getting too easy, that there would be a twist coming. And it came, despite my having gotten lax in my anticipation. What’s more, even with Poirot’s being rather puffed-up about himself, I couldn’t argue with his conclusion about Miss Marsh in the end.
It turned out to be well worth the fifteen minutes or so it took me to read this short and fun little mystery.