Being sick and stuck at home means there is time to read some books so here’s a mini review of a recent book I read. Cat Among the Pigeons is one of Agatha Christie’s books with Hercule Poirot involved in the case.
“Everybody always knows something,” said Adam, “even if it’s something they don’t know they know.”
I hadn’t read this one before so my knowledge of this story was based on the Poirot tv series episode from 2009.
Overall Cat Among the Pigeons was as enjoyable as any Agatha Christie mystery: stolen jewels, kidnapped princess, a couple of murders and false identities. But I was really surprised that the book added Hercule Poirot so late to the story. The tv series had modified the story to include Poirot right from the start so not having him there until the last third of the book. This is the main reason why I wouldn’t have Cat Among the Pigeons among my Agatha Christie favorites.
I decided to listen this book from Audible and Hugh Fraser as the narrator. Hugh Fraser played Hastings, Poirot’s friend and associate, in the Poirot tv-series. He is lovely to listen to and I really enjoyed his performance in Audible. The book felt a bit too long, but listening to “Hastings” tell the story, made up for it.
Cat Among the Pigeons fills prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:
The book contains correspondence (Helmet Reading Challenge)
The girls send letters home from the private school where the murders take place
A book from a series with more than 20 books (Popsugar Reading Challenge)
Hercule Poirot appears in over 20 books