Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review: Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly by Agatha Christie

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You guys KNOW how much I LOVE Agatha Christie, and how she is a benchmark in rating mysteries for me! So it should be no surprise when this review opp came up, I grabbed it!

In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a fund set up to buy stained glass windows for her local church at Churston Ferrers, and she filled the story with references to local places, including her own home of Greenway. But having completed it, she decided instead to expand the story into a full-length novel, Dead Man’s Folly, which was published two years later, and instead, she donated a Miss Marple story (Greenshaw’s Folly) to the church fund.

Unseen for sixty years, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly has finally published in an eBook exclusive edition!

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly ebook cover

As a favour to an old friend, Hercule Poirot finds himself at a summer fete in Devon, 
taking part not in a Treasure Hunt, but a Murder Hunt!

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fĂȘte, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. But at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…


This ebook gives the reader, and Christie fan, a chance to see into the author's mind, by reading a literal 'first draft'- the germ of an idea, that is fleshed out, but not as complete as the author would want as far as for actual publication as a book. Christie was methodical and precise when writing her tales, and for someone who has never read Dead Man's Folly, they would see this novella as complete and very satisfying who-dun-it to read. For the fan, however, it is still a worthwhile read, but not much different than Dead Man's Folly. The book has nuances and subtle changes, that in the end make for a better reading of the tale. But this is perfect for a light afternoon read! If you're new to Christie's works, pick this up!

About the Author:
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.

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