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A friend recommended this book to me after she learned I was working my way through the Miss Marple series (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a Poirot story), telling me that the twist within the book blew her away.
The book is, like all other Agatha Christie detective novels, extremely easy to read and very engaging. The first person narrative gives the reader a sense of being talked to, and as you learn the narrator he rings towards a very Dr. Watson-esque type character. The book constantly leaves you thinking who could possibly be the murderer, and when you do find out it is a real shock; perhaps one of the best plot twists I know of in any book, game or film. It is very cleverly written and thought out, and I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. The only trouble is that, although I will read it again, because I know the plot twist it will not be engaging. This is a book that is most satisfyingly read first time round.
The characters are all developed well, and though I hadn't previously read any Poirot books before this one I got an immediate sense of his character and have to admit I do like him. Any lover of a murder mystery novel should get their hands on this.