Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Murder in Mesopotamia

I've been a fan of Hercule Poirot for a long time, so it's hard to remember exactly how I first encountered him. I believe it was in the book Appointment with Death. In any case, I prefer Poirot's travels as an older man through the East to his earlier adventures in London with his friend Captain Hastings.

Regarding Murder in Mesopotamia, we have here a classic Christie mystery. It's set in the middle east at an archaeological dig, a setting Christie knew a lot about being married to an archaeologist. The characters were superbly drawn, the puzzle was clever, and Poirot's denouement hit all the right notes. While not as spectacular as some of her novels, I think I might recommend this as an introduction to the character of Hercule Poirot for new Christie readers.

Comments

Mom said…
Did'nt Uncle Earl get you started on Agatha Christie books?
Rick said…
He did! I've still got some of the books he gave me, although a couple of them have fallen apart. And don't forget Mrs. Reagan gave me a big Agatha Christie book also.