|Join Poirot, Hastings and Giraud as they attempt to solve the Murder on the Links.
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Captain Hastings arrives in the flat that he now shares with Hercule Poirot in London, eager to tell the Belgian detective about a woman with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love on the train from Paris to Calais. But Poirot is busy sorting his mail, impatiently tossing aside bills and banal requests "recovering lost lap dogs for fashionable ladies". Then he finds an extraordinary letter from the south of France: "For God's sake, come!" writes Monsieur Paul Renauld. Poirot decides to investigate and he takes Hastings to France and the Villa Genevieve in Merlinville-sur-Mer on the northern French coast where Renauld wrote from. Asking for directions near the Villa Genevieve, they are watched by a young girl outside another smaller villa who has "anxious eyes".
After the brilliance that was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, I knew that I would need to dig deeper into Agatha Christies works, especially her Poirot books. Setting out to read them all, and there are a goodly number of them, I picked up the second Poirot book, The Murder on the Links.
Hercule Poirot, along with his associate Arthur Hastings, are seeking an interesting case to work on. It would be wrong to beleive that Poirot is unemployed and in need of redundancy insurance, but rather Poirot only works on those cases that interest him. Poirot receives a summons from Monsieur Renauld, begging him to come. Yet when they arrive, Renauld is dead. Everyone comes under suspicion, from his son, to his wife, to the woman he sees far more than his wife is comfortable with, and each has viable motive. After a terrible mistake by Hastings, key evidence disappears, and it is up to the “little grey cells” of Poirot to bring the criminal to justice.
One of the things I truly love about Agatha Christie’s novels is her attention to all of the characters. They are all fleshed out quite in-depth, which allows both for them to undergo intense scrutiny as a potential culprit, as well as a very pitiable victim. Agatha Christie won't just say whether someone is in receipt of a pension, she will be more specific as say thay hace a drawdown contract. She is hard to beat when it comes to characterization. The way she fully spreads out her mystery is brilliant as well. She gives you plenty of space to get into the story and really become engrossed.
I quite literally couldn’t put this book down, reading it in one sitting. Christie takes a small book, and fills it with huge amounts of content, not wasting a single word. A brilliant story.