Friday, July 16, 2010
My first Agatha Christie
All my life I've been around people who love Agatha Christie. My mom was an avid reader of mysteries and loved Dame Agatha. Everyone seemed to love her books; people were always surprised when I said I'd never read any. Maybe that's why I avoided reading them.
A few weeks ago I was scanning the movie offerings at the library and saw Death on the Nile. I thought that looked good so I brought it home. We never did watch it (we rarely actually watch any of the movies we get from the library), but for some reason I requested the book that same day. I was in a fever to read something by Agatha Christie.
And now I'm glad I did. It was an easy novel to read and enjoy. I thought I had the killer(s) figured out pretty early on. Then, I wasn't so sure. Then, I was sure again. There was a lot of back and forth - guessing and second-guessing. Quite fun! I thought it was going to be gruesome; it was more light-hearted in tone than I expected. Well, as light-hearted as a book with multiple murders can be. Or maybe I just read it that way. I hate bleak, dark books with no light to them so maybe I just didn't want this book to be like that.
I'm sure I'll read another Agatha Christie novel. In fact, I have Murder on the Orient Express in the library basket right now. Mom would be pleased.