Hi friends! It’s been forever since I read a mystery book. I thought my powers of deduction were fading but I was wrong!!!!!
turns out i never had any at all…
But more on that later.
A man is shot at in a juvenile reform home – but someone else dies…
Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.
Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr Gilbrandsen’s visit.
This is my third Agatha Christie novel* and somehow I still haven’t read one featuring the famous detective Hercule Poirot. I just grab these randomly off the library shelf and Miss Marple is the clear favorite. But I knew, going into this, that I would be totally mind-blown by the ending! Sadly, it didn’t entirely live up to my expectations.
*i just realized the last time i read one was in march…of 2018. whoops
The setting was mainly in this huge mansion surrounded by delinquents with every measure of drama you could possibly imagine. It was virtually made for me. Although I did want more quality time with the delinquents and less with the lovely Miss Marple and Inspector.
Christie’s cast of characters cracked me up. She was way ahead of her time! There was so much drama, and dislike, and unrequited love and money problems, I was so entertained by everyone!
Also, Miss Marple was there throughout the whole story which made me a lot happier than if she was introduced halfway. I don’t like knowing things the detective doesn’t, you know.
Okay this is mainly me being petty but guess what!
I guessed the ending!
Well, most of it anyway. Actually, I didn’t know quite a bit but I’d figured out the “shocking” bit very quickly. Usually, this wouldn’t have bothered me but Christie made it a lot more obvious than I was expecting. It was one of those cases where everyone’s like “oh it’s obviously not Person A” so you’re instantly suspicious of Person A. I was expecting a lot more subtlety and misdirection on the author’s part, especially based off of her previous works that I’ve read!
There were also a LOT of characters. I managed to figure everyone out eventually but then again I read a lot of fantasy novels. Also, if I’d listened to this on audiobook I’d probably think that Batman somehow flew in and committed the murder because it was that convoluted.
And as a warning, there is a use of the N word. It’s only used once but still.
That’s really all I have to say! It’s better to be vague when it comes to mysteries in my opinion. Tell me: have you read this? What’s your favorite Christie novel?