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av Agatha Christie

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Serier: Superintendent Battle (1)

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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centrepiece of a murderous international conspiracy. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia.

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I wasn't as fond of this one as I was of the second book in this series (probably because I started with that one first) but I just couldn't warm up to either Anthony or Virgina. The book itself was spectacularly written. ( )
  Fireformed | Aug 7, 2020 |
I can honestly say that I will probably never re-read this book in the future. It was honestly a trial to get through. The first 50 or so pages made no sense and then things get a bit smoother when Superintendent Battle arrives on the scene. But honestly, he is not even needed in this story since once again another person solves the crimes that are central to this story. I found the ending to be ridiculous and pretty implausible.

The central figure in this story is Anthony Cade. When the book begins he runs into his friend James McGrath and agrees to take on two jobs for him. He is to deliver a memoir from the late King of Herzoslovakia (I never want to read that name again). I was honestly baffled why anyone cared about these memoirs, but apparently they are very important. Anthony is also supposed to return some letters to a woman who wrote them.

Now besides Anthony, we also get several other characters we need to become familiar with. George Lomax who is a British politician, Lord Caterham, who lives at Chimneys, Virginia Revel, she stays at Chimneys and is related to George, Bill Eversleigh who works for George and also seems to be flirting or something with Virginia and various other people along with Inspector Battle. I can usually keep people straight, but I had a hard time int his book.

I didn't understand the character of Anthony or Virginia really. Virginia gets blackmailed, realizes the blackmailer made a mistake, but likes the sensation of it so much she decides to not tell him she's not the woman he's looking for. Anthony comes across Virginia and moments later is helping her deal with a dead body she finds in her home with no questions asked. I mean there were ludicrous moments dancing through this book, but those two are at the top of my list.

There are other characters in this one, but they are so underdeveloped I just don't want to get into them at all.

I will say that Battle wasn't needed in this book. He didn't do anything and solved nothing.

I really didn't care for the writing in this one either. Pretty much what I got from it was that Christie thought that all countries should be ruled since people without having a strong ruler would not be better than what they are. Also the racism that was prevalent at the time pops up in the book too. When a character announces he got married, another character freaks out that he may have married a black woman in Africa. And the man who gets married remarks:

"Come, come, it's not so bad as all that, said (redacted) laughing.
She's white enough--white all through, bless her."

The flow was pretty awful until Battle shows up I thought. Once he arrived, the plot flowed a lot better. But honestly I am still surprised Christie even had Battle in this one. He was not necessary to anything. Anthony keeps going on about how smart Battle is and how afraid of him he was, but really? I didn't get much from Battle besides how his eyes twinkled. Seriously be prepared to read that a lot, Christie loves that word.

The ending was so random and I actually just shook my head. I was shocked at the surprise marriage between two people who literally just met. And then a random reveal of identities and I was wishing for a Poirot novel before the end. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
So I had a really hard time with this one. I love mysteries and have read all sorts of novels set in older times. We aren’t really told the timeframe of this story, but the writing style indicates a time long past. The story follows Anthony Cade who has been given the task of handing over some memoirs to a publishing company. This simple task spins out of control when someone attempts to take the memoirs, and then there are 2 different murders. There seems to be someone who really wants to know what secrets the memoirs hold. A unique cast of characters sets out to solve these mysteries. The storyline jumps around a lot without much investment in individual characters. So I did find myself a little lost at times trying to pin down which characters are who and what role they have. I really enjoy the character of Virginia Revel, she is sharp and witty and independent. I did have an issue with continuity on the storyline and I did get lost easily. This dragged a little for me, I had a hard time getting into it. Unless you are a die hard Agatha Christie fan I might advise passing on this one. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy. ( )
  hana321 | Jun 13, 2020 |
In which a country house plays host to international espionage.

The Secret of Chimneys is an odd little thing. Christie’s 1920s novel output consists of many mediocre thrillers, and this is one of the best of the lot. The household at Chimneys – personified by Wodehousian heiress Eileen “Bundle” Brent - have panache, and – while it’s far from Christie’s greatest strength – she really tries her best to write with a looser, more lively style, in the vein of the better Tommy and Tuppence books. If you only read one Christie thriller, check this one out – and it’s always enlightening to see an established author tackling a different genre. On the other hand, the sparkle, while there, is never particularly brilliant. The “international intrigue” encroaching on the comfortable country-house lifestyle is diverting, but the facts of the case are all a bit broad really.

Beyond this, Chimneys is one of those rough early novels that reveals an awkwardly racist streak. As with Hergé, and his Tintin series, Christie’s later work would somewhat make up for these youthful indiscretions, and – also like Hergé – an element of this racism and anti-semitism was simply a product of her upbringing in pre-war England. But it colours things nonetheless. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 27, 2020 |
For a moment he lay quite still, trying to focus his impressions. He could hear a very stealthy rustle, and then he became aware of a denser blackness somewhere between him and the window-on the floor by the suitcase. With a sudden spring, Anthony jumped out of bed, switching the light on as he did so. A figure sprang up from where it had been kneeling by the suitcase. It was the waiter, Giuseppe. In his right hand gleamed a long thin knife
  taurus27 | Jan 18, 2020 |
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