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Peril at End House

If you were asked to choose your favorite mystery writer, who would you pick? I would have a really hard time picking just one, and I’d probably come up with a list of at least ten, but Agatha Christie would definitely make my list of favorites. Since I began The Unapologetic Bookworm, I’ve had the opportunity to read and review several books by Agatha Christie, including: The Body in the Library, Dead Man’s Mirror, 13 for Luck, and A Holiday for Murder.

Toward the beginning of August, I decided to spend some time focusing on reading more of Christie’s novels, including Peril at End House.

This was the book I chose to read for the “good book, bad cover” Beat the Backlist prompt. I actually quite like the cover art, but it does make the novel look more like a Gothic romance than a Hercule Poirot mystery.

Peril at End House takes place in the seaside town of St. Loo, where Hercule Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings are staying at the Majestic Hotel for a week’s vacation. Poirot has decided to retire from crime solving, but that plan is put on hold when he and Hastings meet Miss Nick Buckley, the vivacious owner of End House.

Nick has recently had three attempts on her life, from which she has managed to escape unscathed. But when a fourth attempt is made in the vicinity of the supposedly retired Belgian detective, he can’t help but get involved.

Unfortunately, as Poirot himself admits, “To detect a crime before it has been committed — that is indeed a rare difficulty” (Christie 33). Poirot will have to work hard to find the would-be murderer before they can accomplish their goal.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Peril at End House! Like so many of Christie’s other novels, the story was very fast-paced and exciting. I always love reading murder mysteries that can keep me guessing about the identity of the murderer for the whole story, and that is exactly what Peril at End House did.

Whether you are a fan of Agatha Christie, her Hercule Poirot Murder Mysteries, or you’re just looking for a great mystery novel to read, I highly recommend giving Peril at End House a try. It’s a great book, and one that you won’t want to put down. If you do have the opportunity to read Peril at End House for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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