Title: Dead Man’s Folly
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 224
Agatha Christie strikes again with yet another magnificent Hercule Poirot novel – interestingly, I’d already played a computer game that was based on this novel, and yet I couldn’t remember who did it and why. As with most of Christie’s crime novels, there are so many threads to the mystery that everyone is under suspicion, even Poirot himself!
The plot of this story follows a village fete in the village of Nassecomb – Sir George and Lady Stubbs organise the event, and invite a well-known mystery novelist named Ariadne Oliver (read, ‘Agatha Christie’) to organise a murder hunt. Unfortunately, things turn sour when the 14-year-old girl who was supposed to be playing the murder victim is discovered at the scene, only this time she’s dead for real!
The novel starts off reasonably slowly, but it gathers momentum with every page until you’re twenty pages from the end and dying to know who did it. As always, the denoument is far from a disappointment, and though I don’t want to tell you too much in case I ruin the ending, I can tell you that even though I was familiar with the story-line, the true identity of the murderer and the motive never crossed my mind.