Genre: Murder, Crime, Family
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?
This was one of the first Agatha Christie books that I read in high school, and was captivated by the book and just could not wait to find out who was the murderer. Since then, I re-read the book after watching the BBC adaptation of the Miss Marple Classic. Usually, I tend to prefer to read Christie’s Poirot mysteries but this particular mystery with Marple as the protagonist actually peaked my interest.
In my opinion, a lot of the mysteries lead by Miss Marple tend to be a bit spooky for lack of a better word (note, I don’t mean horror but some of the mysteries seem darker) and this one follows the same suite. In the beginning of the novel, we begin to get know the unfortunate murder victim Heather Badcock who is shown to be a good person but she is not very aware of her surroundings. Basically if she wants something she just runs to it (I mean physically) which results in her accidentally pushing people over. When reading the book the long introduction of her character seems boring and unessential, but as go further into the mystery, we realise that every bit of the book has a part in finding the killer.
When reading and watching murder mysteries, I have always been curious about the murderer’s validation of their act or whether they have remorse. This is because usually, from the murderer’s point of view what they have done can be justified. At this point as the reader or viewer, we either feel anger towards the murderer or in some cases we understand to a certain degree. When reading this novel, I experienced mixed emotions to towards both the murderer and the victim. Through all the murder, Christie shows that sometimes ones carelessness can negatively impact the lives of others inadvertently and of how family should be valued and respected whether this family is by blood or not.
If you love murder, crime or Agatha Christie then you will not regret reading this book. This book was actually stuck in my head for a while and even more so after I watched the BBC adaptation of the series, especially when the pieces of the story started coming together. I guess the message is that what you do or say impacts those around you at different degrees. What you think is a small thing may not be viewed as lightly by the other. Think before you say something whether it is to the stranger in the shops, your friends, children or parents because you can never know what is going on within them or in their lives.
Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments below. Also what’s your favourite Agatha Christie detective – Poirot or Marple?