Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Book: By The Pricking Of My Thumbs

Well, shoot. I didn't love this as much as I had hoped.

Oh, it was good. Tommy and Tuppence were very charming, and I seem to never tire of tea-and-cake scenes. I liked the mysterious, alluring house by the canal. I liked the small village and the unlikely cast of characters. I liked the surprise ending.

But I didn't think it was that creepy, as I've heard. The bit about the child, and the doll -- that *could* have been creepy, but it didn't really go there. It just wasn't that sinister, and the ending sort of felt a little too neat-and-tidy to me. And maybe a wee bit silly.

I still like Agatha and can see that these books will become total comfort reads from here on out. I just really enjoy those sort of cozy English novels. I would like to have tea everyday at 4. When I lived in Finland, we had coffee (khavi) every day at 4, and I loved the ritual. I should start my own ritual, even though I'll be at work.

Anyway... so, it was okay. I liked the English setting and Tommy and Tuppence were kind of adorable. But the mystery was kind of 'eh,' and I wanted it to be more of an RIP book, and it wasn't.

However, next on the stack is The Thirteenth Tale, which I've very excited about.


Stefanie said...

Too bad. Tommy and Tuppence are a great name pairing though.

Barefoot_Mommy said...

I love Agatha Christie novels. Especially Hercule Peroit mysteries. They are good reads all, but not really creepy. Really awesome mysteries though.

You will love the Thirteenth Tale. I just finished up reading it again and am about to post my review here soonish.

Daphne said...

Stef: I loved the names, and the characters were fun... but I'd somehow gotten the idea in my head that it would be a little more sinister. Oh well.

Barefoot: This is only my second Christie, but I'm definitely going to be reading more. Although this wasn't what I was looking for, I still enjoyed it. I am LOVING the Thirteenth Tale.

Lesley said...

I've only read one AC novel - Ten Little Indians, when I was about 15. I remember liking it but never went on to read more. She had quite the knack for titles, didn't she? I would read By the Pricking of My Thumbs just for the title!

I also wish tea time was something we had kept on with on this side of the Atlantic. The Europeans definitely have some advantages over us the 'stopping to smell the flowers' department.

Lesley said...

Oh yes, and The Thirteenth Tale - such a good book and a perfect RIP choice!