Title: Lord Edgeware Dies
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 352
You can always be reasonably sure of what you’re getting when you pick up an Agatha Christie book – they usually follow a similar formula, albeit with different characters and circumstances, and Lord Edgeware Dies is no different. Written and published during her relatively early years, when Christie was at the height of her powers in my opinion, it’s a Hercule Poirot story that focuses on the death of the former Lord Edgeware, along with several other victims who serve as collateral damage along the way.
There are plenty of twists and turns to be had throughout the story, some of which I saw coming and others that surprised the hell out of me, as well as one final twist at the end, when the murderer is revealed. Again, that’s pretty much a custom, and a staple of the detective genre. Here, it works well.
I was also impressed by the fast-paced plot – I read this book in the space of a couple of days, because I just didn’t want to put it down, and because there was always something happening and a question which was left unanswered. I’ve always been impressed by people who write detective novels – the story line has to be subtly interlinked throughout for it to work well, which requires a hell of a lot of planning. I was never one for planning.
Overall, then, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that this is my favourite of Christie’s works, but it’s definitely in the top 20% – it was a cracking little mystery which, despite my best efforts, I was unable to solve. I also felt as though the characters stood out strongly here, so much so that I’ll remember them – that doesn’t always happen, which is a good thing in a lot of ways because it allows you to re-read them. Here, I think I’d still re-read it, even though the story line feels like it’s so strongly etched on my mind that I won’t ever forget it.