I savour Agatha Christie in order of her releases. I don't identify ahead what pertains to which series, nor watch any films lest I be wholly surprised by my journey; 90 years after "The Man In The Brown Suit", came out. The gift this gives me is that each time I open the front page, it is a treat to discover which heroes shall escort me. Agatha experimented with these first four; three are unrelated. This one has nothing to do with her two famous sleuths. I was blissfully unprepared for that surprise.
We move briskly, set formulaic traditions askew, and I many times chuckled in my bed. When I reviewed "The Mysterious Affair At Styles" I was stunned by Agatha's plotting and exquisite language but not in love with that cast. I gave 3 stars, saving room for novels to rate higher. Here is a 5! The daughter of a single-minded palaeontologist is freed from caring for him and witnesses an accident that wasn't investigated properly. Bolstered by her keenness at filling in the blanks, she willingly follows the case aboard a ship; creating one of the most fantastic novels I have ever read. I adored every page!
Running around Africa on the strength of wild intellect, deft disguises, old and new crimes culminating, Kimberly diamonds, and even romance. The hilarious dialogues between `Anne' and her shipmates create a successful book as it is. I adore Suzanne Blair as much as Anne. What makes it extraordinary is its peculiar flow. There are no weak personalities. Anne & Suzanne thrive on every intrigue, with resolve we believe. The shifts and twists are smooth. The oddest thing is, the ladies deduce a great deal very early. With trivialities settled aboard ship; one imagines the adventuring in Africa can only be grand!