This is another stellar effort from ms Christie. A great puzzle. it is very different - certainly at first glane - to the basis of most of her novels, and is very original. The methods of concealment of murder are ingenious, and there are some very likeable characters. Mark Easterbrook, a likeable man, if a tad...dull at times. He ably leads us through the narrative, telling us all we need to know. Ginger, a lovely quirky character.
Another strength of this book is the presence of Ariadne Oliver. She doesn't feature incredibly heavily, but when she does, the writing takes a fair lift. She's a brilliant character. Incredibly amusing, she is probably my favourite of all Christie's characters. When working alongside Poirot, she is a gem.
Something else i really liked about this book is the fact that several of the character (The Dane Calthrops, Colonel and Rhoda Despard, etc.) we have seen before in other Christie novels, alongisde Poirot, or Marple. I love it when authors do this...using characters from other stories only serves to create an even thicker and more believeable tapestry of the world in which the author's writing's move.
The story here is very original, and rather creepy and disturbing (for some, i would imagine). Black Magic and voodoo-ish practices, could they really be responsible for murder?
The solution is typical unexpected, with a great twist.
Another incredibly strong effort by the Queen of Crime.