Book Review: Curtain by Agatha Cristie

Curtain by Agatha Christie

Curtain is the last novel in Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novel series which is also Hercule Poirot’s last case. I liked how the title matched the novel. It depicts the curtains closing on the Hercule Poirot novel and Hercule Poirot. Very dramatic I believe.

After a year apart Hercule Poirot, now crippled with arthritis, is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings, who has since become a widower. When they receive a letter from Styles Court, the place where they solved their first murder together, it seems like fate and they readily accept. However, after the great detective brands one of the seemingly harmless guests, whom he will only identify as ‘X’, a ruthless serial killer, people begin having doubts about the capability of his once renowned ‘little grey cells’. But Poirot is aware that he alone must work quickly before the murderer strikes again, even if it means putting his life on the line… (Wikipedia)

For me this case was easy yet complicated. There are times you know who did it but not know how. You know how it was done but not why. It’s like you see the cover box of the puzzle but you don’t know how to put them together. There are parts wherein you have put together the pieces but there are still a number of missing links.

A beautiful novel, nonetheless. Though I deeply regret I wasn’t able to read through the entire series. I was only able to read one case so far, ABC Murders, then the next case I read is sadly the last case. I would love to read through the series if I get the chance. Apparently I have 31 novels and 54 more short stories to go.

Have you read any Hercule  Poirot novels? Which case was your favorite?

Jacques

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2 comments

  1. Believe it or not, I have read all of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries.. She has a little over a hundred. i used to borrow from the local library about a dozen each week which I read in one week.

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