ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
We love a great series, especially one with an irresistible main character. Maybe you've always meant to read these books, maybe they're old favorites, maybe they're a new and unexpected treat. Our library director, Janet Torsney, will lead these discussions of books that start iconic series...on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. (How fitting is that?) Registration is required. All library programs are masked.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Meet (or re-meet) Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's famously eccentric Belgian detective, in this clever, twisting debut mystery.
A World War I refugee, Poirot has settled in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village. All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that contribute to Agatha Christie's well-deserved reputation as "The Queen of Mystery."
“Christie wrote brilliantly compact, stylized and efficient mysteries. . . . The genre in its lean classic English form fit her like a cat burglar’s thin black glove.” —John Updike
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Agatha Christie helped define "the golden age of British mystery" beginning in the 1920s and 1930s. She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as The Mousetrap, a play that ran continuously in London's West End from 1952 till 2020. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.