|First UK edition|
Of course, The ABC Murders was written several years before The ABC Murders, and perhaps Agatha took some lessons from one and applied them to the other?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A weird and gripping book; Christie plays around with narrative in such interesting ways, far more than I think she's ever given credit for. Although I don't believe she ever uses the word "serial killer" in the novel, she has her characters - including the famous Hercule Poirot - discuss the motives and psyche of serial killers. She uses language - and tropes - when discussing these types of killers that writers of fiction, and script writers, still use today. Did Agatha Christie invent the fictional serial killer? This isn't my favorite Christie, but I still enjoyed it (even, if only for this time, she didn't keep me guessing until the end).