After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

In After the Funeral, everyone gathers at the estate for the funeral of Richard Abernethie, and imagine the surprise among the clan when dotty, arty Aunt Cora says, “But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” They all try to brush her comment under the rug, but Mr. Abernethie’s elderly lawyer and friend, …

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Yes, I’m reading too many Agatha Christie’s lately. No, I don’t care. It’s October and Hallowe’en Party was “available now” at the library, so I picked it up. This time Hercule Poirot is called to the case by an old friend, Ariadne Oliver. Ariadne is staying with a friend in …

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House is classic Poirot. Lovely Nick doesn’t know her life is in danger until Poirot helpfully points out that her near-accidents were probably not coincidence. But why would any of her friends want her dead? She’s not rich, she’s not mean. Poirot is determined to keep her …

In at the Death by Francis Duncan

I’ve been reading a lot of vintage mysteries lately, Hercule Poirot, Roderick Alleyn, Sherlock Holmes. Mordecai Tremaine is one of the lesser-known detectives of the era, at least now, I’m not sure about when the stories were originally published. I like him though; I’m glad the books are being reissued. Mordecai is …

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Yes, Poirot again. I’ve been on a bit of a kick lately, I know. I’m almost reading/re-reading the series in order. I #4 earlier this year and obviously still remember it wall. I skipped #5 because I don’t like it. So now we’re at #6, The Mystery of the Blue …

Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh

Death of a Fool takes place around the winter solstice. In South Mardian, a sword dance/fertility ritual/mummer play is performed every year, but this time, the fool (the father) is actually beheaded. I don’t know anything about English folk dances, but the dance featured in Death of a Fool is interesting. Granted, …