Review: Dead Man's Folly

Title: Dead Man's Folly
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: July 1, 2014 (first published in 1956)
Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-236462-3
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
A garden party on the picturesque estate of Nasse House is interrupted by tragedy - a young Girl Guide, who was supposed to be playing the victim in a murder hunt designed by crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, is found really, truly dead. Then the hostess, the simple-minded Lady Hattie Stubbs, vanishes without a trace. Could there be a connection between the two events? Luckily the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on hand to investigate, but there is far more to these occurrences than meets the eye...

My Thoughts:
Oh, Poirot, I see how you stare at me from the cover of this book. You, with your pen and silly little mustache, waiting to see if my little gray cells will be any sort of match for yours. As if they ever could be. You probably puzzled it all out within the first fifteen minutes, while I had to wait until the very end of Dead Man's Folly to discover who was the real killer. Once again Agatha Christie takes her audience on a roller coaster ride of red herrings, peculiar characters, and mysterious clues.

Ariadne Oliver, who is one of my favorite recurring characters, has been asked to write a game that resembles a murder mystery party. Oliver feels as if she's being played or steered when the players start suggesting changes to her story.  So she does the only practical thing she can do--she calls Poirot. While her game is being played, two things happen: 1. A murder. 2. The disappearance of Lady Hattie Stubbs. And of course, Poirot is on the case!

This is an intriguing story with a few plot twists that kept me guessing. I really had no idea who the murder was, or what the motive was until Christie laid it all out at the end. I tried to use my 'detective skills' from watching Poirot and Marple on the small screen. But alas, nothing. I love the way Christie writes such diverse characters. All of them with a plausible motive.

I can't compare this to other Hercule Poirot books that Christie has written. as this is my first, but I would like to say: Well done, Christie! There's a reason why Christie is known as the Queen of Mystery, and this book is a clear example as to why.

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