Tuesday, August 5, 2008
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Publication Year: 2000, 1953 (original pub year)
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie is another mystery that follows her beloved Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. This time around he is hired by an aging lawyer after the death of one of his clients. The lawyer became curious when at the reading of the will one of the beneficiaries, Cora, Abernethie makes a startling statement that her brother Richard had been murdered. Shortly after that announcement Cora is found brutally murdered. Lending suspicion that Richards death may not have been due to natural causes after all.
I have to admit that while I love Agatha Christie this novel is not one of my favorites by her. I found the plot to be a bit of a yawn and the characters to be a little flat….even Poirot! I never really got into this story. I found that I didn’t care if Richard was murdered or not…and we never got to know Cora enough beforehand to care much about her death either. I found all the Abernethie’s were a little despicable. They were all flawed…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…but I just couldn’t bring myself to care about any of them.
I read this book to the end mainly because I wanted to see how Christie would tie up all the lose ends. To see what her big reveal was. Only her big reveal wasn’t so big. Nor was it as shocking as some of her other mysteries. I was disappointed. But not enough to keep me away from reading her other books. However, I do caution new readers to Agatha Christie to avoid this book for the time being and focus on some of her other books first. I strongly recommend And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile and The Murder of Roger Ackeroyd. Those books all showcase her amazing talent and leave you thirsting for more.