Christie writes great dialogues between her characters though and you can always form a picture of who the characters really are simply by imagining the way they converse. Fascinating.
What did not work:
I guess even the best writers in the world didn’t always start off perfectly. This wasn’t a bad book at all – well-written. But having read the later books in her Poirot and Marple series, I found this book to be lacking a little.
- #1 The characters were a little lacklustre and there wasn’t much characterisation. None of them stood out distinctly except Mr Hastings, who is the narrator anyway
- #2 Too many chapters that were draggy with nothing much happening in the middle. Could have been more succinct and shortened
- #3 The mystery was a tad boring and the real suspects I couldn’t quite care for either and felt their reveal was a bit of a letdown.