Book review: “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie

Finally, I got the chance to read something by Agatha Christie, the Queen of mystery fiction. “The ABC Murders” is not a fascinating book, but it surely is a good detective story.

We are reading from Captain Arthur Hastings’ narrative. Upon the Captain’s return to England from his ranch in South America, he visits his old friend Hercule Poirot. Poirot is the great Belgian detective who helps the British police solve some of the biggest mysteries they happen to encounter.


Poirot and his strikingly dull, but faithful, sidekick try to get to the bottom of some mysterious murders committed by a cold-blooded serial killer. The latter is a psychopath who tries to outsmart detective Hercule Poirot by revealing the place where his crimes will be committed.

The plot in the ABC Murders is genuinely sewed. The twists are very complicated, which makes them even more stimulating to the reader. However, unlike the serial killer in this story, I never try to outsmart the author in guessing the identity of the killer because I know my prediction will not be the correct one. Hence the frustration anxious readers might get as they read along.

Nevertheless, if you’re curious enough, you’ll keep perplexing your senses in a try to “help” Poirot and his sidekick, Captain Arthur Hastings to track down the serial killer and solve those complicated cases.

All in all, “The ABC Murders” is a good book, but not the kind of book that leaves you open-mouthed. You know who’s going to “win” even before you start reading, so basically, readers might only be interested  in the plot and its twists rather than the ending, which to me, leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

6 thoughts on “Book review: “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie

    Yahya Zini said:
    November 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Nice review bro, If you like books like this one you should definitely check Jeff Abott’s books, he’s an awesome writer and I’d recommend “Panic” and “Andrenalin”, we’re talking masterpieces bro! MASTERPIECES!

      amseghir responded:
      November 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I’ve definitely heard of “Adrenaline,” and I even have it on my to-read shelf, I just don’t seem to find it in book stores either in Tangier or Rabat. Maybe I should check in Casa.
      Thanks bro, glad to have your contribution. 🙂

    Marwa said:
    November 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

    From the pic it appears tht is a bulky book, but the size of the review reflects your dissatisfaction!
    Good review Abdelmajid 🙂

      amseghir responded:
      November 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I’m not dissatisfied, it’s just that I didn’t want to go through the details so that I don’t spoil the reading experiencing for other people.
      Thank you very much, Marwa! 🙂

    Areeba said:
    July 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    amseghir can you pls ….write me the theme of this story ….pls i need it as soon as possible…i need it for a project

      amseghir responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      The story has many themes. I think you should read it, and decide which one you want to write about.
      Good luck!

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