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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Fourteen

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy. Earlier this week, I was able to schedule my first COVID-19 vaccination appointment! It’s not until next week, but I am very excited to actually have it on the schedule.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Dead Man’s Mirror: Three Great Hercule Poirot Mysteries, by Agatha Christie. The book is a collection of two novellas and one short story, and includes the following titles:

A locked-room mystery…
  • Dead Man’s Mirror
  • Murder in the Mews
  • “Triangle at Rhodes”

In Dead Man’s Mirror, Poirot finds himself summoned to the home of Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore, an eccentric aristocrat who seems to believe that he is the victim of some sort of fraud. However, shortly after Poirot arrives at the house, his host is found dead in his study, with the door locked from the inside. Based on the evidence, the police are convinced that his death is a suicide, but Poirot suspects murder instead.

Murder in the Mews focuses on Poirot and his friend, Chief Inspector Japp, as they investigate the death of a woman named Mrs. Allen. At first glance, Mrs. Allen’s death looks like suicide. But as the detectives study the scene, they discover that it appears to have been staged…making it possible that her death was murder instead.

The last story, “Triangle at Rhodes,” takes place at an island resort, where Poirot has gone on holiday. While there, he observes a love triangle that has the potential to end in murder.

This was my first time reading all of these stories, and I thoroughly enjoyed them! Agatha Christie had a real talent, not only for writing compelling mysteries, but also for creating interesting characters. Her books are a lot of fun to read, and I will definitely be reading more of them in the future. Her Hercule Poirot stories, in particular, have become definite favorites of mine.

I do think it is important to mention that this book does include content which might cause discomfort for some readers. Specifically, it includes frequent references to suicide.

Whether you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, or murder mysteries in general, I highly recommend checking out Dead Man’s Mirror: Three Great Hercule Poirot Mysteries. It’s a great collection of stories that I think you’ll really enjoy. It’s also a great choice for this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, as it fulfills both of the following prompts: “a locked-room mystery” and “a book with something broken on the cover.” If you have a chance to read this collection for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be published on Saturday, April 10th. In the meantime, I hope you’ll visit The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for a review of one of my reads from last month’s March Mystery Madness readathon, as well as a review of Bilbo’s Last Song, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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