Title: Dead Man’s Folly
Author: Agatha Christie
Year: 2014; originally published in 1956
Publisher: William Morrow (2014 reissue edition)
This was a fresh breath down memory lane for me. I had read this book many years ago and had completely forgotten the culprit and the idiosyncrasies of Hercule Poirot. Hercule makes use of his “little gray cells” to solve the mystery in classic Christie fashion albeit too late to prevent a few murders.
Hercule Poirot is summoned by his friend, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver, to put at ease her discomforting feeling that somehow she was being manipulated in the planning of her murder hunt for a wealthy country squire. The mystery hunt was to be a combination treasure hunt/scavenger hunt with the winner finding clues and eventually solving the murder and winning a prize. However, after the contest has barely begun, an actual murder identical to the fictional murder takes place. Hercule has only been on the scene a short time, but immediately sets to work to try to find the killer. To complicate things, on the same day as the murder, the country squire’s wife goes missing. Now, Hercule has two mysteries to solve. After a couple of days, Hercule must return home without success.
A couple of months later Hercule is still puzzled by these two mysterious events and his lack of success. He returns to the country squire’s home in an attempt to ferret out more information. He realizes he has been led astray very cleverly by the killer and now begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. He soon solves the mystery in his mind, but lacks proof. He contacts the local authorities and they begin searching for evidence of foul play, which they find.
This story reminded me of the genius of Agatha Christie with her use of subtle hints that can be easily missed if the reader isn’t paying attention. The expert use of the red herring to mislead readers is also evident in this work. There is some swearing and a derogatory term used in the story just to let readers know. I based my rating on the ability of the author to tell a good mystery.
My rating is 5 stars.
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