Three Act Tragedy is an enjoyable, easy to read mystery – it’s a Christie / Poirot, what else would I expect?
There are two things that kept this from being a 5- star read for me. First, Poirot is only in two scenes (and not the major player in either one) until page 140. As I said in one of my status updates, it could be that Christie started this as a stand alone story but then decided to make it a Poirot about halfway through (page 140 is the 51% mark) and she went back and added him into those two scenes. It could have been a more cohesive investigation if he were a part of it from the start.
Second, I’ve now watched all of the BBC adaptations of the Poirot stories with the exception of Curtain. I haven’t found it to hinder my reading enjoyment in the least. However, I remembered the big reveal in this plot and it did take some of the thrill out of the ending.
Overall, though, a strong installment and another winner. 4/5 stars.