Saturday, 16 July 2016

The ABC Murders Book Review

book cover of the ABC murders

There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim's corpse the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place.

Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught - until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans.


The ABC Murders
by Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper; 6 edition
Publish Date: (Latest edition) 26 Sept. 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0007527535
Rating: 5/5

Review


One of the most iconic plots of Agatha Christie's collection is without a doubt The ABC Murders. In a plot which I don't mind admitting I got it wrong, this is the very tale that persuaded me to turn my hand to writing murder mysteries.


Something I love about the Christie collection is that she dared to have multiple deaths in many of her books. In hardly any of her books is there only one body or one issue. There is always another plot unravelling behind the scenes or a body which is later connected to the same incident. The guessing game is never over until Poirot tells you.

Even by exercising the little grey cells this plot takes so many turns you don't know where to look for the right suspect. Telling Poirot that a death will occur on a certain day is only half the plan. There's nothing saying that the death can't be a couple of minutes after midnight. These clever mannerisms are what makes this story so invoking and memorable.

For anyone who hasn't read an Agatha Christie before The ABC Murders is a great starting place. It's easy to read but not easy to solve. Get your thinking caps on as you travel through the ABC railway guide and try to catch a serial killer.


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