Nick Buckley seems to be one of those young women I associate with the 1920’s who spent her time floating around with no real cares. She’s the mistress of a big old house, End House, in a beautiful resort town. Her friends visit quite often. No one seems to have a job.
The “world’s greatest detective,” Hercule Poirot, and his trusty companion, Captain Hastings, are staying at a nearby luxurious hotel. They are there for a vacation but they soon involve themselves in a mystery. Actually, I should say that Poirot involves them in a mystery. Hastings would prefer to play golf.
Poirot is convinced that someone is trying to kill Nick. He would like to solve a murder before it actually becomes a murder. Nick doesn’t seem to take the incidents seriously until there finally is a murder.
At the very beginning of the book there is a Cast of Characters. I really needed that just to keep everybody straight in my head. With this Cast, Poirot has a whole line-up of suspects to choose from. Very diligently and methodically Poirot works his way through the suspects and the clues. When all else fails he used a seance, which surprised me. Agatha Christie used a couple of seances in last month’s book, The Sittaford Mystery.
Even though this was a re-read for me, I didn’t remember who the killer was. I figured it out just a little bit before Poirot did. This was another wonderful Agatha Christie book. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.
This is book 13 in my challenge to read all of Christie’s books in order of their publication date. For more information visit Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. I also watched the movie version of this on dvd. It starred the wonderful David Suchet as Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Hastings, Phillip Jackson as Inspector Japp, and Polly Walker as Nick Buckley. I’m also counting this as one of my Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge events.
Check your local library for copies of Peril At End House in both the book and the dvd. Amazon also has the book.
Simon & Schuster, 1932 My Rating: A