Book Review | The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie


Mrs Ascher in Andover; Betty Barnard in Bexhill; Mr Carmichael Clarke in Churston; a serial killer is on the loose. He’s sending letters to one Hercule Poirot, but even one of the world’s best sleuths is struggling to catch him. The only link is the alphabet – can Poirot catch him before he gets to Z?

I initially picked this book up because the BBC adapted The ABC Murders into a three-part series and I wanted to read it before I saw it! It wasn’t quite like the other Christie’s I’ve read – I’m normally completely entrapped, but this one took a lot longer to grab my attention.

The idea of the novel is really interesting – I loved the idea of a detective knowing where and when someone is going to be killed, but it just didn’t quite catch me. There wasn’t quite enough action or tension to keep me that entertained, so it took me a long time to get through.

I really like the character of Hastings – he’s very much like Watson, but he’s not as down-hearted about it as Watson sometimes seems to be! He was a great narrator.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I really didn’t expect it! It was fantastic, and really made it worth carrying on reading for.

All in all, it wasn’t my favourite Christie, or Poirot, I’ve ever read, but I’m still happy that I’ve read it. I’m still making my way through of all Christie’s novels, so of course I “needed” to read this one, and I’m also glad I read it because I’ve been interested to know the murderer of this novel for a long time, and now I do!

Rating: 3/5

Source: bought from Waterstones

4 thoughts on “Book Review | The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

  1. I only recently read an Agatha Christie is was the first Poirot but I was disapointed. The main character felt a lot like Watson, treated like an idiot. I might try a Marple or another one as I was comparing it to Sherlock Holmes and it didn’t stack up. Just my opinion there.

    1. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea! I like Marple too, but I love Poirot. Have you ever read Murder on the Orient Express, or the Murder of Roger Ackroyd? Those are my (current!) two favourite Poirot novels; The ABC Murders definitely wasn’t my favourite of Christie’s!

      1. Yeah I think if I had read The ABC Murders first I would have been disappointed, I’d definitely recommend the other two I said! Not every author is for every reader though ☺️☺️

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