Monday, June 25, 2012

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
2009, William Morrow Paperbacks

Synopsis: An elderly stroke victim dies without having arranged a will... An elderly stroke victim dies without having arranged a will... Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows...

Why read: Reading all of Agatha Christie's mysteries.

What impressed me: As per usual, Christie delivers an unexpected mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end. I also liked that the romantic plot lines were relatable even today - a woman whose fiance leaves her for another woman, did she kill said other woman because of her broken heart?

What disappointed me: Poirot wasn't involved until the very end of the case, when Elinor was already on trial. Elinor was also a tough character to believe in, simply because she kept her emotions so tightly under wraps.

Recommended: Yes. Not as well known as Christie's more famous mysteries, Sad Cypress will definitely entertain.

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