A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

The murderer has given an invitation in the newspaper that it is going to murder someone, but actually kills himself. Let’s see how Miss Marple will solve this case!

Hola people!

I hope you must be in good health. In these tough times I can proudly admit that “reading is therapeutic”.

So, I just finished reading another classic from the “Dame” Agatha Christie and Ia m absolutely thrilled to write this review.

I have read books with Mr. Poirot as a detective but had never read one with Miss Marple. And this book – A Murder is Announced” features Miss Marple as the detective.

The book starts with an announcement of a murder. There is an advertisement in the Gazette that a murder is to take place at Little Paddocks (Ms. Letitia Blacklock’s) house at 6:30pm on October 29 and the whole village is invited to see it.

It seems like an odd ad and people think, including Letitia herself, that it’s some kind of a game that somebody had arranged. So, everybody goes at Ms. Blacklock’s place to see what is it. Now, when the clock strikes half past six, all the lights go out, a man with a torch comes and fires thrice. When the lights come back, we get to know that Miss Blackock’s ear is bleeding and this man is lying on the ground dead.

The man turns out to be Rudi Scherz, a Swiss guy working at a hotel. This whole scenario looks a lot confusing and surprising to everybody as who might want to kill Ms. Blacklock and then eventually would shoot himself?

When the sheriffs dig a lil deeper into Ms. Blacklock’s past they get to know that she worked for a tycoon who left all his wealth in her name. The conditions are that she will get the money after the tycoon’s wife dies or if Ms. Blacklock dies first then all the money would go to Pip and Emma, the children of tycoon’s sister.

Miss Marple aids to solve the case and the novel gets all the more interesting by each passing page. Christie make sures that readers find it hard to put the book down.

There are around 20-25 characters and each of them has a vital role to play. The suspense continues till the end and when it is revealed, it comes as a huge surprise.

I would definitely recommend this book to my readers.

My Rating – 5/5

Agatha Christie : 5 Quick Facts

So, I’ll just quickly share with you the 5 quick facts about our “Queen Of Crime” aka Agatha Christie. Here we go;

 

  • Christie wrote her first novel in 1920, that is, “The Mysterious Affair At Styles” and by which she introduced us to our egg-shaped Belgian detective Poirot with his sidekick, Captain Hastings.

  • She was the first fiction writing author, who introduced spinster private detectives like our Miss Jane Marple, in period where patriarchal heroes like Sherlock used to solve the cases. Even, Hercule Poirot, is also labelled as “Effeminate” detective by some critics.
  • Unlike Conan Doyle’s Holmes which used “Science Of Deduction” as his investigating technique, Christie’s Poirot made the use of his “Little Grey Cells”.
  • In 1926, Christie her ‘Masterpiece’ novel – “Murder Of Roger Ackroyd”, with which she broke the conventions of fiction writing, by introducing the narrator (Dr. James Sheppard) to be the murderer.
  • Poirot is the most long-lived character in her novels, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee) and more than 50 short stories.