Three Act Tragedy
I can’t figure out if this book deserves four or five stars on goodreads – I ended up at four (goodreads average of the edition I was reading: 3.75). If I had the option of giving it 9 out of 10 I would. Although it’s technically a Poirot mystery, Poirot himself plays only a very minor role in the first half of the book – and that’s part of why it’s not a 10; I missed him and his weird remarks and ‘little ideas’!
But even though Poirot plays a much smaller role in this book than he’s done in the other Christie books I’ve read so far, this is still great stuff. I may still change my opinion and give it five stars. It’s a very clever plot and although you may figure out some of the details, you probably won’t get everything just right before Poirot tells you how all that stuff’s connected.
The edition of the book I was reading incidentally had a handful of spelling and typing errors along the way, including two errors on the same page (p. 233). I’m not sure all of them were the fault of the publisher (‘Did Sir Bartholomew Strange seemed surprised?’) but most of them presumably were. Then again most people probably don’t really care about stuff like that, and I should perhaps point out that this is not why I haven’t given it the five star rating.