They have been in prison so long that, if the prison door stands open, they would no longer notice It was rather frustrating to have to waitthan 100 pages for the murder to happen, but oh, it was so worth it Poirot s final d nouement was particularly appreciated And I m so ridiculously glad they all had their view spoiler happily ever after hide spoiler Among The Towering Red Cliffs Of Petra Sits The Corpse Of Mrs Boynton, A Tiny Puncture Mark On Her Wrist The Only Sign Of What Has Killed Her Hercule Poirot Has OnlyHours To Solve The MysteryA Tyrannical Old Martinet, A Mental Sadist And The Incarnation Of Evil These Were Only Three Of The Character Descriptions Levelled At Mrs Boynton, The Matriarch Who Kept Her Family Totally Dependent On Her But Did She Really Deserve To Die On The Excursion To Beautiful Petra Hercule Poirot Hears About The Murder And Feels Compelled To Investigate Despite The Family S Request Not To Do So Do They Have Something To Hide And, If So, Can They Keep It Hidden From This Master Sleuth First book of the year and I don t have much to report, interpret, gauge, or infer This is the first time I ve read it in English Before that I read it when in my teens, in French The latter translation was superb The translator, Louis Postif, was a genius.Returning to this book, it does not lend itself very well to a reread The first time I was impressionable I wasn t impressed by Poirot this time around.There was no determining proof of guilt in this case Only the flimsiest trace of misdemeanor This happens to most clever mysteries The writer paints herself into a corner then is inconvenienced Despite the low score, it was a good experience reading an old favorite. Re read on October 2016I stand by my rating 10 StarsThis is perhaps one of my most favourite Christie s No matter how many times I read it last count was 8 , this story does not get old, all those descriptions and sequences retain their power to thrill me even when I read it today I simply love this book and the mystery of it.This has nothing to do with anything Jerusalem, archaeology, historical artifacts Nope Absolutely not. This is one of my personal favourites.An obnoxious old woman, Mrs Boynton who used to the warden of a women s jail has kept her daughter and stepchildren in psychological bondage for their whole lives she gets her kicks from exercising control over other human beings Obviously, they wouldn t mind if somebody murdered her.Well, what s hoped for happens In the Red City of Petra where the family is on tour, Mrs Boynton is discovered dead with a puncture mark on her wrist, sitting outside a cave on the mountain trail And as is the norm with Christie any of her children could have done it.But unfortunately for the murderer, Hercule Poirot is also part of the tour party This story is exquisitely plotted there is no dependence on coincidence As usual, the emphasis here is on the personality of the victim If we follow the clues diligently as Dame Agatha provides them from the first chapter onwards, or if we correctly interpret the ten important points Poirot notes down, the identity of the murderer is obvious But we won t We will be flabbergasted at the end, when Poirot reveals all, how simple it was.A challenge to armchair detectives concentrate on the character of Mrs Boynton, mull over the points Poirot notes down, and try to guess the murderer before all is revealed. This is almost like a tourist brochure for Israel and Petra The plot has a great sinister beginning and in true Christie fashion there are many with motive for murder In his typical fashion Poirot goes after the psychology of the murderer However the end is quite dampening and disappointing Average read. Lady Westholme Choose Your Own Adventure As a gay man, you have many tasks to accomplish in the course of a normal day It is best to keep an appointment diary at hand, at all times.6 00am Gym8 00am Breakfast oatmeal and egg whites 9 00am Hair Appointment10 00am Shopping Macy s or Nordstrom s 11 30am Leisurely al fresco Brunch2 00pm 1 assume complete control of all U.S Federal, state, and local governments, as well as all other national governments 2 destroy all healthy marriages 3 replace all school teachers K 12 with militant homosexuals who seek to recruit children for their homosexual lifestyle 4 bulldoze all places of worship 5 seize control of internet and other media 6 be utterly fabulous3 00pm Beauty treatment for facial wrinkles from the stresses of world conquest, followed by aromatherapy4 00pm Cocktails5 00pm Light Dinner soup, salad with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette, Chardonnay 8 00pm Theatre10 00pm Cocktails in charming neighborhood bistro12 00am Bed du jour If you think gay people are disgusting and you d rather do a keg stand, choose you enjoy the company of straight women, the kind that look at you adoringly but are not exactly your type, the kind who treasure your taste, style, and ability to dance shirtless at circuit parties, then choose 4.5You do see, don t you, that she s got to be killed Mrs Boynton is despised by everyone who meets her Even her family All of her children live under her thumb and it is easy to see how her manipulative tyranny make Mrs Boynton one of the most despicable characters view spoiler and one of the most deserving victims hide spoiler You are a detective, are you not Yes, mademoiselle A very well known detective The very best detective in the world, said Poirot, stating it as a simple truth, no , no less The best opening to an AC mystery for me yet You do see, don t you, that she s got to be killed Poirot overhears a brother try to persuade his sister to kill their tyrannical and sadistic and morbidly obese mother, and why not We quickly learn that even if you are a complete pacifist that you might see why it is the world might be a better place without her Certainly her children, completed cut off from the world until this trip to Jerusalem And she does die, the old bat their mother, beset by a heart condition, is found dead in her chair, after an arduous hike in archaeology rich Petra Only good can come of her death Why bother investigating, Poirot But from the first, at least two of her poor, beleaguered children are suspects Or is this too obvious a red herring On the other hand, Christie the cat plays with us, mere mortal mice minds as she has Poirot say to Mssr Cote Your position is impeccable If this were a work of fiction, you should strongly be suspected on that point Poirot disagrees that it doesn t matter if a murder has occurred I do not approve of murder But is this murder However, can even we imagine Christie writing a book about a death from heart attack No Colonel Carbury smiled and raised his glass across the table to Poirot Well, here s to crime Indeed, here s to crime, and an average Poirot performance, which is to say, pretty darned good.
Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name
- 303 pages
- Appointment with Death
- Agatha Christie
- 06 September 2017 Agatha Christie