Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Mr Shaitana was a famously flamboyant person; he often hosted extravagant parties. A great party host though he was, he also had a reputation for having an unnerving interest in the criminal world, particularly in murder… After bumping into the renowned detective Hercule Poirot, he states that he considers murder an art form, not an atrocious act of evil. He invites Poirot to a one of his famous dinners, assuring him that it was be interesting.
At the dinner there are eight guests, four of whom are sleuths – Hercule Poirot; secret agent Colonel Race; mystery writer Mrs Ariadne Oliver; and Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard – and four people suspected to have murdered in their past – Dr Roberts; Mrs Lorrimer; young Anne Meredith; and Major Despard. After a dinner of the highest quality, the guests and Mr Shaitana retire to play bridge. The four sleuths in one room and the others in another, where Shaitana is luxuriating.
After wrapping up their game, Poirot and Race discover that Mr Shaitana has been stabbed by a weapon of his own. How can a man, have been murdered in a room full of people without anyone noticing? Who could have committed the crime? The man who boasted of believing he could get away with murder if he wanted to was killed in his own home. How ironic. Now it is up to the great detective, Hercule Poirot to deduce who killed Mr Shaitana, and why…
TEEN RATING: Agatha Christie’s mind has created an amazing piece of murder mystery fiction. The setting is so enticing, the crime so blatant, yet the assailant completely unknown… Cards on the Table is a wonderful novel with such a complex and unsuspecting plot. Agatha Christie’s writing draws readers into a world of their own and does not them go easily… 4.7/5 12+