I hope you like Agatha Christie because today I’m reviewing three of her collections of short stories. Here we go:
Three Blind Mice And Other Stories by Agatha Christie
This is one of the best collections of short stories written by Agatha Christie. The first, and longest, story is called Three Blind Mice, which was turned into the world’s longest running play The Mousetrap. It’s about a group of people who, due to a snow blizzard, have been completely isolated from the outside world. Among them, there’s a killer. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me who the culprit was. This is definitely one of those stories that I highly recommend to anyone, but the others are very good as well. They were all written at different times in Christie’s carrier and feature all her most popular detectives such as Poirot, Miss Marple, and Mr Quin and Mr Satterthwaite, who will have to solve different types of crimes. The stories are well-crafted and intriguing and the identity of the culprit is always a surprise. Overall, a great introduction to Christie’s world.
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The Labors Of Hercules by Agatha Christie
One of the best (if not the best) collection of short stories by Christie, featuring my favourite detective, Poirot. He decides to close his career by accepting only 12 cases he thinks both interesting and challenging. And they all mirror the labors performed by his mythological namesake. These labours involve murders, thefts, religion sects and even the kidnapping of a… dog. Christie was very clever and creative in finding counterparts for each mythological labour. The stories are all well-plotted and executed and flow easily. But because they are so short, the suspects only a few and plots had to be reminiscent of myths, some of the culprits are quite easy to guess, but that didn’t spoil the fun for me this time. This is just a delightful collection that I highly recommend.
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Double Sin And Other Stories by Agatha Christie
A collection of short stories, most of which feature Poirot, a few Miss Marple and a couple no detective at all! These last two actually feature a supernatural element and, although they’re not Christie’s best work, they will make you feel uneasy. I feel they are out of place in the collection because they don’t really feature any crimes to solve, but are just creepy. They’re more goth/horror stories. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll enjoy them, but I expected some detective stories and was thus disappointed. The other stories are more traditional: they feature murders, thefts and other crimes that Christie’s famous and skilled detectives ably solve. Well-written and well-plotted, this unusual collection of short stories still a nice way to spend an afternoon.
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Do you like Agatha Christie? Have you read any of her books?