Book Review: Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House is the eighth book in the Hercule Poirot series. The famous Belgian detective is vacationing at the seaside village of St. Loo in the south of England, claiming to have retired.

He puts more emphasis on this by telling Hastings he is rejecting a request from the Home Secretary himself, a request that Hastings feels is flattering. However, trouble has a strange way of following Poirot, and when the lovely Nick Buckley has a strange escape from death while near him, he decides to investigate. Death is hovering nearby, but can Poirot avert that disaster?

I’m yet to find a Poirot novel that is not engaging. This is no different. The setting up of the crime was good, as was the twist in the middle with the murder, but the solving of the crime that leads to yet another very unexpected twist was quite brilliant. I didn’t for one moment think that that would happen. The motive for the murder is money, and we see why at the end. The pieces of the puzzle are prominent, but it’s tough to guess how they fall into place. For a lover of crime fiction, this might look like a short-read because the novel will keep the pages turning, keeping them curious to know what happens next.

I can think of a few other Poirot novels that were better reads, but this definitely would be right up there. A book that I quite enjoyed reading.


A Score Of 8 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: Peril at End House Series: Poirot #8
Author(s): Agatha Christie Genre: Crime Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9780007282654 Publisher: Harper Collins

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
5th February 2018)

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