MURDER ON THE LINKS
Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot #2
Hercule Poirot demonstrates his prowess as a detective in this next mystery in Ms. Christie’s Poirot series, Murder on the Links. He does this all the while showing great patience with Captain Arthur Hastings who, once again, narrates the story. While Poirot uses psychology to solve the crime, Captain Hastings uses emotion. Of course, we all know that Poirot wins the day while teaching the good Captain how to deduce.
Hercule Poirot, who by this time has set up a lucrative and popular office as a private detective, is called upon by Monsieur Renauld to come at once to help avert a tragedy. Poirot and Hastings take the next boat to Calaise and then to Merlinville, France, but they arrive too late – the man has been murdered.
Ms. Christie brings in a multitude of people who have means and motive, twists the plot until everyone comes together in a tight little knot, and beautifully has Poirot untie the knot to expose the only person who had a diabolical reason and the inscrutability to commit murder.
Next: A Show of Hands by David Crossman
Harriet Engle is an avid reader of several authors who write murder mystery series. Look for her weekly reviews highlighting each of these series.
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