About the Book:
A party game goes dead wrong in this ingenious mystery from the most beloved novelist of all time. Hercule Poirot, the world’s favorite detective, has agreed to take part in a mock murder mystery in a charming English village—but when tragedy strikes, a different sort of game begins …
In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a fund set up to buy stained glass windows for her local church at Churston Ferrers, and she filled the story with references to local places, including her own home of Greenway. But, having completed it, she decided instead to expand the story into a full-length novel, Dead Man’s Folly, which was published two years later, and donated a Miss Marple story (Greenshaw’s Folly) to the church fund instead.
I had never read an Agatha Christie story before reading Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly (Hercule Poirot Mysteries), but I had watched many episodes of Miss Marple and Poirot on Masterpiece: Mystery! Of these two detectives, Poirot is by far my favorite. His determination, clarity and bravado far outweigh the disadvantage of always being out of his comfort zone. M. Poirot always seems a bit put out by any request that is made of him, but he always gives a case his utmost attention once he takes it on.
I have not yet seen the last season of Poirot, which I understand has an episode based on Dead Man’s Folly, the book which Agatha Christie developed from Greenshore Folly. Since reading this story, I am really looking forward to seeing the episode based on it. Poirot is witty and charming, as usual. Christie uses his character to mock the culture of middle and upper class England of the time. The character of Ariadne Oliver is a mystery writer, and I believe that Christie makes fun of herself through some of Ms. Oliver’s opinions and style.
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly is a fun, quick read for fans of period-style mysteries and, of course, Agatha Christie fans will love this new addition to the well-loved series.
I give Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly four cups of tea.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.