Ariadne Oliver, Queen of Crime Fiction, has been asked to devise a “Murder Hunt” for a fête at Nasse House, the home of Sir George Stubbs. But she begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the scenario of her game and fears that something very sinister is being planned.
She sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot. At first he is not inclined to take her very seriously but soon a series of events propels him to change his mind.
Then suddenly all Ariadne’s worst fears are realised when the girl playing the part of the murder victim is found strangled in the boat-house. For Hercule Poirot, the Murder Hunt has become a grim reality.
I loved the book, it was short, on point and teriffying. It was written on mystery and the characters this time were wild… Mean and ugly at heart people. When Poirot meets them on the request of miss Oliver, he too feels like something is not quite right but when the maiden who plays the corpse gets murdered he remains baffled. Who would want to kill a sixteen yo girl who was indeed a little superficial but didn’t had the means to hurt anybody?
Lady Stubbs goes missing as well and a lot of theories happen here… But when Poirot talks with the ex owner of the house and she talks about Lady Stubbs like she was already dead not even after two hours from the disappearance, he gets little but strong ideas. You see, Poirot has the same feeling about Lady Stubbs… The book is short and amazing, quite terrifying at some parts, it kind of scared me a little which is not that usual for an Agatha Christie novel.
It gets a little sad because you see how old Poirot really is but that doesn’t stop him for finding the real murderer and oh that’s a surprise. The idea for the killing is pretty basic when you get to it but you won’t get there alone… 5/5 on Goodreads from me, you can also follow me there to see what I’m currently reading