Monday, October 11, 2010
Thirteen at Dinner
Avenel Books, 1933
Mystery; Hercule Poirot
Summary: Jane Wilkinson, Lady Edgware, comes to Hercule Poirot for his assistance in obtaining a divorce, even if it means that she might have to kill her husband-jk! Except that soon after, her husband is found dead and she is implicated. Includes members of the acting profession, people with money problems, and those violently in love.
Thoughts: First this was my 200th book of the year! I finished it back in September but I'm really far ahead on my reviews so you're just finding out about it now. Second I read this as part of a collection with four other Christies so that is not the cover I had.
Now on to the story! Hastings returns and I feel like Poirot is less rude to him than usual although Poirot is till very stuck-up and self-satisfied. It is hard to feel sad that Lord Edgware is dead as Lady Edgware seems such a jolly if frivolous lady who can now marry the man she really loves. Additionally it seems like Lord Edgware terrorized his daughter who is now out from under his thumb. That is not to excuse the murder but Christie does like to kill off the bad people, especially when the murderer seems like such a good person (this is a general observation, not a comment on the murderer of this book).
I had no idea who the murderer was. I thought s/he had an airtight alibi and was thus eliminated. Interestingly the murderer is quite unrepentant as s/he saw murder as the only solution for his/her happiness. It was quite fortunate that Poirot got that last snippet of information that sealed the solution for him.
Overall: Fun story although I liked the murderer too much.
Cover: I quite like: the program, wig, and glasses are apt.