Friday, 21 June 2013

Elephants Can Remember - Book Review

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I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie, possibly because my mother read her books and so I was introduced to them at an early age.

Also I think it has something to do with the love of logic and solving puzzles that I have always had and maybe it is all linked with my love of mathematics.

Anyway I read "Elephants Can Remember" last week and here is my review of it.

Not my most favourite of her books at all which could be due to the fact that there is so much of Ariadne Oliver in it and so little of Hercule Poirot.  I much prefer the books where he is very active or at least is directing the gathering of evidence in a structured manner whereas in this one Mrs Oliver gets more freedom in how she gets information, who she gets it from and also what she tells him (this part actually being a lot of repeated bits of the same info).

I have to wonder too if this book was just not so well written as her many others because it was one of the later ones.  Within the chapters I found a few discrepancies but this did not really spoil the enjoyment of a Christie story.  People who enjoy the room full of suspects at the end however will be disappointed as this story did not have many people to pin the crime on.

I had not remembered the book from having read it years ago (so I mustn't be an elephant) but then again I wonder if I guessed the solution so quickly and thought there couldn't possibly be any other solution because I had read it all those years ago, or is that I have learnt to jump on the right types of clues from having read so many of the books and got used to her way of writing.

I do not intend to give away the ending as I would much prefer everyone would read the book for themselves and I hate spoilers.  

I am glad I read it again now and it has whetted my appetite to go on and read all of her books again.  

My plan is to read them through in the order they were written and perhaps I'll review each one in the blog.

If you are interested in this book you can find it HERE on Amazon

Other Agatha Christie Books can be seen HERE

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  1. I hope you review them all on the blog! I need to go back and reread some of my favorite authors also.

  2. There is a yellow post it on the back of my desk that reads "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd'. I love this continued book review and always find it enlightening to read (and avoid) books like this.

    Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for linking to the letter E.


  3. Great review, think when someone writes so many books there are bound to be ones that aren't up to scratch as such. thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  4. I love Agatha Christie, but agree this wasn't one of her better ones. I think in the version I read there was an essay in the back about it, and it highlighted some of the inconsistencies (as well as the waffling on about elephants) and the gist was that she was slipping a bit by the time she wrote it. Still a fun read though.