Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Agatha Christie Challenge - 1950s Non Series Books
I've made it to the 1950s non series books. This is the 3rd decade of Agatha's writing career and she's still going strong. With the first 2 books in this decade we revisit her earlier more adventure type novels but both have a twist.
Victoria Jones is quick on her feet and always tells a lie when given a choice. When she meets the handsome Edward Goring the day before he leaves for Baghdad and the day she gets fired from her typing job she decides it's time for an adventure. Victoria is a classic Agatha heroine. She's full of common sense and charm. She's young and adventurous and just a bit reckless. She does change up the romance element though and there's some twists that wouldn't have been in a similar mystery from Agatha in the 1920s. This one is a lot of fun. A classic Agatha romp with the added experience that writing for 30 years can give you. 4 Stars
Once again we have a mystery with hints of espionage and political intrigue. However, instead of the usual young adventurous girl we have Hilary Craven. Hilary Craven is a woman who has lost her child and gone through a divorce and feels that she has nothing left to live for. A man stops her from committing suicide and offers her a mission that will most likely end in her death but will do some good. Hilary resembles the wife of a brilliant scientist who has gone missing. His wife was severely injured in an airplane crash and Hilary agrees to take her place. This is a bit interesting because we don't really know what the mystery really is until it is solved. 4 Stars
This is one of the books that Agatha names as one that she was most satisfied with it and with reading it I can see why. When Dr. Arthur Calgary returns to England after 2 years away he is horrified to learn that he could have saved a man from being convicted of murder. To make things worse the man, Jacko Argyle has already died of pneumonia in prison. He is surprised by the reaction that he gets when he confesses to the family and then resolves to really make things right by helping figure out who killed Rachel Argyle. There are a number or interesting concepts raised mainly if Jacko was innocent that meant one of the family was guilty. I enjoyed that as a reader we were able to see the point of view of each of the surviving family members. There is very little active investigation as it mostly time passing and events unfolding on their own. You can definitely see Agatha's evolution from adventure stories and classic murders to more in depth thought provoking stories. 4 Stars