The Case of the Missing Will by Agatha Christie

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.

The Case of the Missing Will by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.

 

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

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.

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: A Hercule Poirot Short Story by Agatha Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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More than holiday cheer awaits Detective Hercule Poirot at a Christmas celebration when a jewel thief is in the midst. And Poirot may have to watch what he eats—for reasons beyond the gastronomical—in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by author Agatha Christie.

This is the second Poirot short I’ve read recently, and I got a bit nervous in the middle of reading this one, unable to recall if it was supposed to be a murder mystery. While I do read murder mysteries from time to time, I have certain preferences concerning the tone of such stories, and I can’t say that murder and Christmas are two ingredients that I’d be eager to mix.

Nevertheless, I’m so glad I read this tale all the way through. The old-fashioned English Christmas elements are downright charming, as are the little nods to romance. Even with the story’s shortness, the mystery has got a good number of clever twists, and I’m all for the quirky-and-proper flavor I expected to find in a read like this.

I hoped to like this short holiday story, and I wound up loving it.

 

The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie

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.

The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Detective Hercule Poirot is with his friend Captain Arthur Hastings at the Grand Metropolitan Hotel when a wealthy matron’s pearls go missing in The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by author Agatha Christie.

I’ve read very little of Christie’s work (so far, at least) and haven’t done so since my adolescence. But I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned mystery, and though I do read murder mysteries from time to time, I more often look for mysteries that aren’t about murder.

And since I didn’t have much time, it was the perfect occasion for an entertaining short story.

No, I’d not read anything about Poirot and Hastings before, but that didn’t make this any less enjoyable. The robbery case has just the number of twists to keep it interesting and all of the cleverness and the quirky-and-proper kind of humor I was hoping to find here.

I’m sure I’ll be reading more about Hercule Poirot, likely sooner than later.