I’ve decided that it would be impossible for me to dislike an Agatha Christie mystery. Her pacing and characterization is perfect for me as a reader.
Appointment with Murder is no exception. It is easy to read, well-plotted and a lot of fun. However, it’s not destined to become one of my favorites for a few reasons. First, Poirot had no sidekick in this story and only makes minor appearances during the first 50% of the book. His arrogance is more tolerable when he has a friend at his side pointing out his absurdity in attitude.
The murder itself took place at about the 50% mark which brings me to my second issue. I prefer Christie’s mysteries (haha…that rhymed) to spend the majority of the pages investigating the crime with Poirot questioning suspects. In this case, I felt that section was rushed.
Overall, still an enjoyable read. Just not the best. 4/5 stars.