Friday, September 21, 2012

Elephants Can Remember [Christie]

Book: Elephants Can Remember [Hercule Poirot #37]
Author: Agatha Christie

Review: A seemingly happy husband and wife went out for a walk one day, never to return. Was it a suicide pact? A murder/suicide? Or did something else happen? The couple's daughter Celia (who was a child when the tragedy occurred) is now an adult and about to get married. She wants to know the truth. Hercule Poirot is on the case, while his friend and famous novelist Ariadne Oliver (also Celia's godmother) helps. Since the crime happened to long ago, they seek information from people who were alive when the deaths took place, to figure out the mystery.

I think this could have been good, as a short story. There was not enough material, plot, or interesting characters to make this an interesting read. Unfortunately, it dragged out, it was tedious, boring and quite easy to determine what happened to the couple. I have figured out a few of Christie's books but she usually throws in some great red herrings that make me question myself. This time around I kept asking myself "really? There has to be more to this?" She really seemed to broadcast the killer and motive very clearly the last few chapters. 

Grade: 2/5 stars

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