18/06/2001

Cards on the Table (by Agatha Christie)

Slowly, I'm working my way through the large number of Agatha Christie crime novels my son has collected, although there are many, many more which we don't yet have on our shelves.

'Cards on the table' is a very cleverly-written plot which revolves around a game of Bridge. Hercule Poirot is invited to a party where, he is told, four successful murderers will be present.

During a game of Bridge, someone is unexpectedly stabbed when the lights go out. There are only four possible suspects, each of whom has probably committed a murder - and got away with it - in the past.

As Poirot investigates, helped by the police, each suspect in turn appears to be the guilty one... until finally the truth is revealed. Excellent!

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