More a romance combined with intrigue rather than a true mystery, this early Agatha Christie is one of my favorites. While perhaps some of the scenes are less than plausible, the book is an exciting read. The plotline is one of the most romantic ever.
Ooh! This one might just be my favorite Agatha Christie yet! I love the protagonist and her adventurous ways. Money problems? Take a trip to South Africa! Sure, that may not be the most practical option, but in this case, it pays off. I really enjoyed the separate characters, and I never guessed who the Colonel really was. Definitely recommended!
One of my favorite things about Agatha Christie's stand-alone mysteries (and I use this term loosely to mean they don't feature Poirot, Miss Marple, or Tommy & Tuppence) is the whimsy and levity that occasionally bleed through and make for a more-than-usually entertaining read full of humorous characters and ridiculous coincidences. This book, along with "The Secret of Chimneys" and "The Seven Dials Mystery", are excellent examples of this. 4/5 stars!
Anne Beddingfield is a woman to reckon with: adventurous, clever, curious. Unfortunately, when she meets "her man," she hands herself over to him, body and soul and brain.
Once you accept that the characters are not based on real humans but on stage pieces, you can sit back and enjoy the shenanigans.
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure in this book. The boat trip to South Africa and the train ride descriptions were fascinating.
Not the best of the Agatha Christie's - but still a good read.
I love Agatha Christie and this book is not an exception! Miss Beddingfield's narrative is witty and very funny. Another enjoyable read. (Pity the movie made of it, with Stephany Zimbalist as Miss Beddingfield, diverged so much from the original story.)
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