⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
It’s not perfect (it reminded me a bit too much of Dead Man’s Folly) but it’s excellent. There’s a great Halloween atmosphere, but not so much that it couldn’t be enjoyed anytime of year. The body count is exceptionally high, even for Christie! There was just enough Mrs. Oliver and not quite enough Poirot (there can never be enough Poirot to suit me!).
The Pale Horse
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
This one was extremely enjoyable! I read it with @officialagathachristie on Instagram, as their book of the month. It was absolutely *perfect* for October! I loved all the Macbeth references, as I am currently studying Macbeth with my children. I have read this one before, 5 or 6 years ago (when it was conscripted for the Marple TV series), but I’d apparently forgotten much of it, because I was surprised at the identity of the murderer. I also loved the anecdote which became the entire premise for my next read:
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The mystery was excellent, with lots of twists and turns, but I don’t understand the characterization of Tuppence. First she can take of herself and is always “all right”, and then she needs rescuing. Which is it?
Spider’s Web novelisation by Cahrles Osborne
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
Clarissa explains it all! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. ;P
I’m sure this was a fabulous play! Osborne did a better job with the adaptation than with Black Coffee. It was interesting to see plot points from other Christie mysteries mixed together here.