Murder Mysteries: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The first time I read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, to be more precise, reached a pivotal point, I couldn’t, and this is no exaggeration, believe my eyes.  Down with fever that pre-teen December in Ahmedabad, and confined to the bed, I was convinced that the fever had gone to my head.  How on the earth could … Read more

Murder Mysteries: Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie

The clues undoubtedly lead us to the fact that Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case is a humdinger of a mystery novel. It is certainly among Christie’s best. More than 20 odd years post their first appearance at Styles (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) –  Poirot and Hastings reunite in literary convenience at Styles – which is … Read more

Murder Mysteries: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Unlike the sense of occasion that Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes work A Study in Scarlet has in the way Watson’s narration reveals to us a detective with (literally) superhuman powers of deduction, Hercule Poirot is treated as any other character. All Holmes lacks is a superman cape, in contrast Poirot is as human … Read more