The Big Four by Agatha Christie
Why? I’ve been reading a lot of Agatha Christie so it’s understandable that I pick it for Kicking it Old School. We all know its been published more than 10 years ago. Yes, this is my second review for the TBR Challenge for September because after I wrote and posted the review for Murder on the Orient Express, I realized that I read that last month. So I didn’t want to cheat and wrote another review for a book I actually read for September.
Review: If you’ve read my previous review on another Christie novel, you will see just how much I enjoy her books. The Big Four was actually release earlier than Murder on the Orient Express, but I read it after the latter. Unfortunately, after putting down such an amazing Christie novel, I was a bit disappointed with this one, only because there really wasn’t a crime that was committed by an actual villain, but rather Poirot is investigating crimes being committed by four powerful people, who has teamed up, to run the ‘underground’ crimes of London. To be honest, this book confused me a bit. I really didn’t understand why Christie wrote this book considering it’s very different from her other novels. I could only deduce that she was trying something different and for me it just didn’t hit the mark.
Although, this wasn’t one of my favorite Christie novels, I did enjoy the fact that Hastings is in it. This is one of Poirot’s companions that I enjoy seeing in Christie’s novels. I love how well the two compliment each other and how Hastings could be very naive at times. I guess considering that this book was published in the 20’s, Hasting’s views on things are a lot different from what we (in the future) are used to. What he finds very shocking, wouldn’t even make us blink twice. No matter, I still highly enjoy him.
Anyways, that being said, I don’t really care if I didn’t enjoy this as much as I should have. I still love Christie’s novels and I’ll keep reading them.