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Appointment with Death

 

by Agatha Christie

Published: 1937

I have no idea what kind of writing schedule Agatha Christie was on, but she had to be publishing a LOT of books every year.  The last three I’ve read were all copyrighted 1937, and I am just working my way through the ones starring Hercule Poirot!

Anyway.

Appointment with Death is one of those mysteries where no one is very sorry that the victim has been murdered; in fact, most people would consider said murder to be overall beneficial to society at large, and the victim’s family in particular.  But, as Poirot has said many times, he does not approve of murder.  He is a strong believer in the idea that human life–all of it, not just the parts we like–is sacred.  And so, he pursues the murderer of a very unpleasant woman.

The story is good, although a bit far-fetched to me.  But Poirot is in fine form, and the book is an easy 3/5.

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