3 stars ★ ★ ★
Another enjoyable mystery~
The Murder on the Links is book #2 in the Hercule Poirot series written by Agatha Christie.
The story begins with reoccurring characters Hastings and Poirot having breakfast one morning in London. They receive an urgent letter from a man named Paul Renauld stating that he is afraid for his life because of a "secret" that he holds and that Poirot must "For God's sake, come!" After reading that he and Hastings immediately embark off to France where the Renauld's villa resides. However, once Hastings and Poirot arrives at the gates of the villa the police tell them that Renauld has been murdered earlier this morning.
The Commissary of Police and the examining Magistrate informs them that he and his wife were attacked around 2 am by two masked men who tied up the wife and took Paul Renauld demanding to know of the "secret and then when he refuses to tell it he is then taken away and later found dead in a newly-dug grave on the golf course nearby their villa.
After investigating and interviewing members of the villa, Poirot, discoveries that each servant and person has a different account of the story. Meanwhile, the detective of the Pairs Surete Monsieur Giraud has arrived on the scene becoming territorial over the case being rather hostile towards Poirot.. but he is determined to stay around and do the job of determining who murdered Paul Renauld.
Ah! Another fun mystery by Agatha the great!
Things that I liked:
* The thought provoking plot.
* The twist and turns.
* Poirot's wit and humor.
* Wide variety of characters.
Things that I didn't like:
* Detective Giraud
* Hastings stupidity
In this book Hastings irritated me quite a bit. He was so clueless, careless, blind, and just overall naive in this book! And if you've read the any of Agatha Christie's other works you'd know why, but, in the book he is worse and quite rude to Poirot at times. Luckily Poirot balances the story out because without him the book wouldn't be readable with just Hastings as the main character!
I also couldn't stand Giraud but he's not a main reoccurring character (or so I don't think) so he don't matter much.
What I enjoy about Christie's writing other than the good writing is that her novels always make me think. Right when I thought I know who the murder was a twist in the story occurred and I was wrong but it's still enjoyable and I'll definitely be continuing the Hercule Poirot series!
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