Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie

Dead Man's Folly is another mystery featuring the infamous Hercule Poirot but what makes this book different is that a murder has not been committed...yet. Adriane Oliver, the crime novelist, has been asked to help create a murder mystery game and calls Poirot to come assist her as she believes that a real crime is about to be committed. She gives Poirot little to go on though as all of her suspicions are based on a "feeling" that something is off. And then a murder does happen and of course Poirot is there to investigate.

This book had all of the elements that make up a classic Christie novel in my opinion. There were plenty of characters (or suspects if you like) which kept me looking at the list of characters in the front of the book from time to time. Of course there was the whodunnit element that kept me guessing throughout the novel. And the clues that don't seem to mean anything until the end of the novel when everything begins to add up. I found myself caught up as always in the mystery that Christie was creating even though this wasn't my favorite one that I've read. She just has a knack for keeping me in the dark until the end and I never am able to figure out the mystery on my own. That being said, this wasn't my favorite novel but I'm having a hard time figuring out why. I guess that it comes down to the fact that And Then There Were None still is my all time favorite novel by Agatha Christie (so far).

All in all though, it was a good read and one that I would recommend :)

In other Agatha Christie related news, I've joined the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. Kerrie told me about it and of course I couldn't not join. She is planning on reading all of Christie's books (which has always been a personal goal of mine) but she is trying to read them in order. I can't say that I care if I read them in order or not but I did happen to grab a new Christie book from the library and it turns out that it is the very 1st book featuring Herule Poirot. So that will work out nicely as I begin this challenge...I am already counting the books that I've read by this author and reviewed on here already for this challenge. I may reread And Then There Were None at some point but that is because I enjoyed it so much.

That's it out of me for today...I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday!!


  1. Good luck with the challenge! It does sound fun. :-) Hercule Poirot is one of my favorite mystery characters. I don't think I've read this particular book. I read so many when I was in my teens and early adult years and haven't read much of hers since. I received a bag full of Christie books from my mother's friend though and I hope to get back into reading her mysteries one of these days.

  2. Good luck with the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. It sounds like a challenge you'll really enjoy!

  3. You know I havent picked up Agatha Christie's books since I was in my teens and I love the series. Good luck with the challenge.

  4. What a great challenge! I've only read a few Christie novels but have really enjoyed them a lot. One of my favorites is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Still haven't read And Then There Were None!

  5. I am going to be reading my very first Christie book soon!!! Hope I enjoy it!

  6. Literary Feline- I do hope that you get back into reading her books just so I can hear your thoughts on some of them.

    Suko- Thank you!

    Ms Ulat Buku- Are you planning on reading any of her books now?

    Iliana- You have to give And Then There Were None a try. It is even better than The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

    Staci- I hope you enjoy it too! Which book is it that you will be reading?

  7. Agatha Christie is such a classic. You can't go wrong with her stuff. Good luck and have fun on the challenge!

  8. Alyssa- She was an amazing and talented author...and I just love reading her books!


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