Agatha Christie is a classic. She is one of the best-known mystery authors out there, and even though few have read all (or anywhere near all) of her works, most readers have dabbled in a Christie novel or two.
The A.B.C. Murders is a mystery novel featuring Hercule Poirot (her popular mustachioed Belgian sleuth) as he takes on a disturbing serial killer who seems intent on working his or her way through the alphabet, with seemingly no other connection between victims. The book is well-connected, although predictable enough. Christie has a knack for leaving a few red herrings, following them up until the very end, and then throwing you for a loop right in the last few pages. If it’s your first Agatha Christie, you’ll be surprised. If not, you’ll just be predicting which “clues” are completely irrelevant.
It’s not fine literature, by any means. But it’s a great, cozy read. If you’re looking for an entertaining escape read, any Agatha Christie is great, and The A.B.C. Murders is no exception. ♦