for a Poirot whodunit, it sure has turned into rather a thrilling, action-packed affair. melodrama and spiky personalities on display during Poirot's stay at Blunt's charming picturesque abode (lovely gardens). strange encounters and sudden violence...culminating in the master detective having an epiphany while singing an enlightening hymn lyric in church.
by gosh, I think he's figured it out before me!
(actually, that happens all the time.)
it's very enjoyable--this whole idea of the suspect pool consisting mainly of whoever went into and out of the building where the deceased (suicide? a murder?) dentist's office is located, on that fateful day. Poirot was there too, though, so...once again...tough luck for any murderer hoping to get away with it. a few thoughts: I wonder why India keeps cropping up, from various angles. I'm wondering if I should focus mainly on the people who were actually known to be in the building right around the time of death...or did someone from earlier come back?? I wonder if Blunt is the key to the whole thing (he's the one with the political background that could endanger him...and yet, he's not the one who died).
I've also got my eye on the alternate titles that have been used for this novel: An Overdose of Death, and The Patriotic Murders (plural). I'm far enough along to know why the older Fontana edition featured a gun prominently on the cover...but the edition I have features poison and a syringe, front and center.
the hoax-telegram angle showed up in a Freeman Wills Crofts novel I read not too long ago, and if that is anything to go by and draw from...that telegram is not some innocent prank. that at least I'm pretty sure of. anyway--fully expect to wrap this up tomorrow, and I hope the solution is a nifty one. I know this isn't a particularly famous Christie novel, but I would still love to be flabbergasted at the end. maybe not Roger Ackroyd-level flabbergasted, but still...
this is my first Agatha Christie read since Sad Cypress--another Poirot novel--several years ago, so I'm anxious to get to it. don't know anything about the Mystery content, except for the general set-up offered by the back cover, and I am hoping for a bit of an improvement over Sad Cypress, which was okay.
can't quite finish it tonight, because I'm too tired after a long day. but there's tomorrow morning, to tackle the finale and clear the decks for Agatha Christie! overall I have enjoyed The Wrong Stars all the way through up to page 339, and hopefully I'm in for a rousing last bit...though I'm braced for a cliffhanger ending. shall keep my eyes open for Book Two.
tense and unpredictable Infiltration-and-Rescue mission going on; going okay so far, with one person rescued quickly--but Callie, and Elena and the team are definitely the underdogs.
this is exactly what I wanted right now--an irresistible Space Opera adventure with great characters, a wonderful and complex future scenario, lots of surprises, and some enigmatic aliens (with just a hint of, maybe, some even weirder aliens, lurking just out of sight...).
I haven't been this happy reading an SF book in a while!
a whole host of older Mysteries are sitting in my book piles, or on my shelves, wanting my attention...but it's been a long time since I chilled with Poirot, and I'm really looking forward to this one. too much to leave it sitting any longer. and dentistry figures into this one...at least a little bit. that sounds fun!
took a chance on this after spotting it while browsing, then went off and nervously dialed up some reviews...no longer nervous, at least right now: all reviews I looked at were positive! and I could use some exciting space opera.
plowed through so much of this today...because it's so hard to stop!
poor Colomba--maybe she can stop running and start to go on the attack, with Dante helping. "the Father" must be brought down.
I love Colomba already--another damaged and powerful heroine to cheer for. and I will be cheering for her every page, cuz she gotta collar this sicko we got on the loose here.
Donny's trying to avenge his girlfriend--he's got gear, the get-up, and athletic prowess--but he's definitely outclassed by those he's chasing down. halfway through this, and enjoying it. shall wrap it tonight.