3rd September 2021.
This is an interesting early book by Agatha Christie, featuring Anne, a young woman seeking adventure in her mundane life. She gets it when she witnesses someone fall and die on London’s underground. It leads to her finding a cryptic note and a trip on a cruise liner to South Africa where more adventures and danger await her.
Though highly improbable, this is an entertaining and fun read with a likeable and feisty Anne driving the story along. The story is filled with Christie’s wry humour and observation, memorable characters, clever plotting and her direct writing style that’s so easy to read.
This is more of a thriller than a mystery with plenty of suspense, tension, romance and excitement. More than once, I wondered if she was spoofing the adventure/thriller novel, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of a highly entertaining novel.
A young woman investigates an accidental death at a London tube station, and finds herself of a ship bound for South Africa…
Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her – and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.
The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied.
After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: ‘17-122 Kilmorden Castle’?