Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Peril At End House By Agatha Christie

Plot: Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckley. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.  Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents are more than just mere coincidences or a spate of bad luck. It seems all too clear to him that someone is trying to do away with poor Nick, but who? And, what is the motive? In his quest for answers, Poirot must delve into the dark history of End House. The deeper he gets into his investigation, the more certain he is that the killer will soon strike again. And, this time, Nick may not escape with her life.

Goodreads Page: Peril at End House

I returned to reading an Agatha Christie after a long time. The last book I had read of hers was “And Then There Were None “and that of course was a brilliant book. ‘An edge of the seat suspense’- this phrase must have been coined after reading Agatha Christie novels, because most of her books have that jaw-dropping climax where she completely boggles the readers’ mind, and makes you wonder why you did not see that before. I used to read her when I was young, especially her Hercule Poirot books the reason being, the entire series was available in the school library. So it was a joy returning to Hercule Poirot after so many years. But this time I did not like much the small Belgian detective whose pride in his own talents almost makes him conceited but yes, one cannot help but admire his genius mind that is capable of hunting down the criminal through a small and seemingly insignificant detail.

Coming to the book “Peril at End House”, it starts with Poirot and his Watson, Captain Hastings, who are on a vacation and Poirot claims that he has given up his profession when they come across a young, beautiful lady, Nick Buckley who has suffered several attacks on her life. As the book progresses we are introduced to Nick’s friends and the fact that appearances can be deceptive. Well I am not going to give out more details of the plot, but if you love AC and a good crime story that keeps you guessing about the killer’s identity, then I’m sure this book is not to be missed.

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