137. A Caribbean Mystery (Agatha Christie)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
“Would you like to see a picture of a murderer" Jane Marple is asked by a fellow guest whilst on a luxurious holiday in the Caribbean. Just as he’s about to show the picture to her, he looks over her shoulder, appears startled, and changes the subject. The next morning, a servant finds him dead in his room having died of apparent heart failure. When doubts begin to emerge about the man’s cause of death, Ms. Marple has to unravel the mystery and discover who amongst them the killer is before someone else is murdered in this tropical paradise.

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When I bought my Kobo, my coworker had given me a disk full of eBooks and I think they included every book Christie ever wrote. While I’ve loved watching as many television and movie versions of her stories as I can, I really wanted to dive into the books, preferably a mystery I’d not experienced before. One of the first that appeared in my library? A Caribbean Mystery. I whipped through this book in two days and was left wondering why I’d never bothered to read her work before!

My earliest memory of Agatha Christies’ work was from the sixth grade. Mr. Wrigley, our English teacher, brought in a VHS copy of Death on the Nile for us to watch one day. Why? I’m not entirely sure as we weren’t studying any of her books – I think it may have been the end of the school year and he did it as a treat. Regardless of the reason, I was hooked. My dad was the one who introduced me to the joys of a good mystery early on in life and its continued for almost 40 years (yes, I’m getting old). I’m a bit ashamed to admit however that although I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie, until last week I’d never read one of her novels.

Now, I'm planning on working my through her novels and savouring the thrill and excitement of each mystery.  Do you have a favourite Agatha Christie mystery?

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