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In a quiet English village, a killer is about to strike. Again and again. Officer Luke Fitzwilliam is on a train to London when he meets a strange woman. She claims there is a serial killer in the quiet village of Wychwood. He has already taken the lives of three people and is about claim his fourth victim. Fitzwilliam dismisses this as the ramblings of an old woman. But wi In a quiet English village, a killer is about to strike. Again and again. Officer Luke Fitzwilliam is on a train to London when he meets a strange woman. She claims there is a serial killer in the quiet village of Wychwood. He has already taken the lives of three people and is about claim his fourth victim. Fitzwilliam dismisses this as the ramblings of an old woman. But within hours she is found dead. Crushed by a passing car. And then the fourth victim is found. Each death looks like an accident. But in Wychwood nothing is as it appears....


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In a quiet English village, a killer is about to strike. Again and again. Officer Luke Fitzwilliam is on a train to London when he meets a strange woman. She claims there is a serial killer in the quiet village of Wychwood. He has already taken the lives of three people and is about claim his fourth victim. Fitzwilliam dismisses this as the ramblings of an old woman. But wi In a quiet English village, a killer is about to strike. Again and again. Officer Luke Fitzwilliam is on a train to London when he meets a strange woman. She claims there is a serial killer in the quiet village of Wychwood. He has already taken the lives of three people and is about claim his fourth victim. Fitzwilliam dismisses this as the ramblings of an old woman. But within hours she is found dead. Crushed by a passing car. And then the fourth victim is found. Each death looks like an accident. But in Wychwood nothing is as it appears....

30 review for Murder Is Easy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “Truth is seldom romantic.” I am a big fan of Agatha’s works and she’s my go-to author whenever I want to pick up a mystery novel without thinking much. She’s also one of the authors I rate higher, mostly 4 and 5 stars! That being said, this book was okay, I did not get my Agatha dose that puts me into my usual euphoria! What makes me happy every time I read her books is that she has a formula while writing. Their is an event at the beginning, This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “Truth is seldom romantic.” I am a big fan of Agatha’s works and she’s my go-to author whenever I want to pick up a mystery novel without thinking much. She’s also one of the authors I rate higher, mostly 4 and 5 stars! That being said, this book was okay, I did not get my Agatha dose that puts me into my usual euphoria! What makes me happy every time I read her books is that she has a formula while writing. Their is an event at the beginning, then the murder and then we are introduced to all of the characters gradually and finally everything comes together and the mystery is solved. The English used is surprisingly easy to read for books that has been written a century ago. Following the formula I just mentioned, the book opens with policeman Luke Fitzwilliam on a train and he sees an old lady who tells him about a murder that is going to happen. He does not give it much care until it happens and the lady is killed when he decided to take things into his hands and investigate it, The characters were okay, there is something beautiful in the way Agatha introduces her character and then solidify them with backstories and gossip. I felt it was kind of missing this time and Mr.Luke was not as good as Miss Marple and not even close to the amazing smartest detective of all time Mr.Poirot! The way he approached the case was not as intriguing! Add to all this mess, some extra romance that the book did not need and you will have the final version of the book! I really saw the romance and wished I was imagining things but it was really there and we could have done without it! I think it was just a way to provide closure to the story! “No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one’s nearest and dearest.” Summary: I still think the book is smart and kind of enjoyable but I know Agatha’s potential and that she could have done a way better job. With mediocre characters, romance and a plot line. It is not the Agatha book that I would be recommending for people! You can get more books from Book Depository

  2. 5 out of 5

    Poonam

    2.5 stars This is the first book I have read in the Superintendent Battle series and it does not have 'Smart Poirot' or 'An Intuitive Miss.Marple' but instead has 'The Blubbering Novice Mr. Luke Fitzwilliam'. The start of this book is really promising, an old lady traveling on a train meets a gentleman (Mr. Fitzwilliam) and tells a tall tale about a series of murder that takes place in her cozy little village. The gentleman not believing a word goes on his own merry way and later comes to know tha 2.5 stars This is the first book I have read in the Superintendent Battle series and it does not have 'Smart Poirot' or 'An Intuitive Miss.Marple' but instead has 'The Blubbering Novice Mr. Luke Fitzwilliam'. The start of this book is really promising, an old lady traveling on a train meets a gentleman (Mr. Fitzwilliam) and tells a tall tale about a series of murder that takes place in her cozy little village. The gentleman not believing a word goes on his own merry way and later comes to know that now the old lady is dead. Here goes the Gentleman to the cozy little village to carry out his own sleuth work. "It's very easy to kill, so long as no one suspects you. And, you see, the person in question is just the last person anyone would suspect." But here's the thing, I did suspect two people right off the bat because of the above statement and one of them was the correct guess... This story was a definite change from the other Christie stories as the manner in which the investigation is conducted is very basic and not very smart I might say. It was like You or Me going in to detective work to find a murderer. There is a setting of the cozy village where nothing can go wrong but an evil is under play below the nice facade. "We often know what other people are thinking but sometimes we find out that we did not know, after all, and have, in fact, made an egregious mistake." There is an unwanted romance added to the mix which I could have done without but then I think it was very much needed to wrap up the story in the end. The Superintendent Battle only appears in the last few pages of this story and I am not sure why this mystery is clubbed under his series...... All in all this was better than an OK read but not as good as Christie's other work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janete

    A retired policeman who is stupid and knows little about criminals.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    Choose Your Own Adventure! You are aged but you are no fool. You are stronger than the foolish victims around you. They never listen. It will be the death of them, you say. But they dismiss you, they find you charming but inconsequential, they ignore that you have lived an entire life of emotion and experience and the world is no playground to you. It is a mine field, it is a pit, it is a coal mine and the people around you are canaries. Canaries die! Murder is easy if everyone thinks it is an ac Choose Your Own Adventure! You are aged but you are no fool. You are stronger than the foolish victims around you. They never listen. It will be the death of them, you say. But they dismiss you, they find you charming but inconsequential, they ignore that you have lived an entire life of emotion and experience and the world is no playground to you. It is a mine field, it is a pit, it is a coal mine and the people around you are canaries. Canaries die! Murder is easy if everyone thinks it is an accident. Poor little canaries. If you feel that murder is just another way of saying I Love You, then choose this adventure. If you feel that murder should be recommended by two out of three physicians as the easiest cure for what ails you, then choose this adventure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    With such a interesting hook, it’s a shame that this mystery thriller just felt flat. Whilst traveling to London to inform Scotland Yard of her theories of a serial killer in her village, Lavinia Pinkerton meets young policeman Luke Fitzwilliam and shares her ideas on the train. It’s not until the next day that Luke sees a newspaper story that Lavinia had been run down and killed that he starts to believe that might be into something. The problem I had with this story was that whilst the inexperien With such a interesting hook, it’s a shame that this mystery thriller just felt flat. Whilst traveling to London to inform Scotland Yard of her theories of a serial killer in her village, Lavinia Pinkerton meets young policeman Luke Fitzwilliam and shares her ideas on the train. It’s not until the next day that Luke sees a newspaper story that Lavinia had been run down and killed that he starts to believe that might be into something. The problem I had with this story was that whilst the inexperienced Luke divers whilst investigating the case, there’s just not enough mystery to sustain the story and I found most parts of the narrative dull. In fairness to Christie I didn’t expect the ending, but it was one of her weaker mysteries.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    This was an other great murder mystry by Agatha Christie. In this one there is a lot of witch craft and black magic and out and out cold blooded murder. I recommend this book to all.Enjoy and Be Blessed Steven

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    Hmmm ... not sure how I feel about this one! On one hand, I really loved the village setting, the old ladies and I even enjoyed the actual plot a lot. On the other hand, I really found the main pair quite irritating, their 'love' story unbelievable and since everything else hinges on that bit, the entire story rather runs down a little. The book starts off very interestingly with a chance meeting in a train between Luke Fitzgerald, retired policeman, and Lavinia Pinkerton, a fluffy village elder Hmmm ... not sure how I feel about this one! On one hand, I really loved the village setting, the old ladies and I even enjoyed the actual plot a lot. On the other hand, I really found the main pair quite irritating, their 'love' story unbelievable and since everything else hinges on that bit, the entire story rather runs down a little. The book starts off very interestingly with a chance meeting in a train between Luke Fitzgerald, retired policeman, and Lavinia Pinkerton, a fluffy village elderly woman. She confides in Luke about a murderer who kills again and again and Luke disbelieves her. But the next thing he knows, he reads about Lavinia's death in the newspaper and then sets out to investigate. This part is quite brilliant. After this, Bridget Conway is introduced and the characterisation flaws begin. She is witch-like with long and black hair, smart and perfect, and Luke immediately falls in love with her without even spending any time together with her. Terrible! Another extremely annoying angle is Luke suspecting a man called Ellsworthy, who is quite obviously gay and non-religious. Well, religious people with their terrifying rituals scare me more! So I wasn't particularly impressed with the "Satanism" bit and was just endlessly annoyed at everyone going on about poor Ellsworthy. It made me severely dislike Luke, which didn't help. The murderer was fantastic, though! The plot was otherwise brilliant and only lacked in its actual execution, though I am getting a bit bored of women being rescued by men at the climax in murder mysteries. There were a few plot holes in this one, but the overall setting and basic premise were interesting as usual.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mitch

    98% of the time I LOVE Aggie. Agatha Christie is my "go to" gal when I'm in a reading slump. Like a hot rich Brazilian man under the covers, you know you're not going to be disappointed. Well, usually. But there is the rare DUD in her collection. And if I can relate it to the above analogy of the sexy South American, this book is the equivalent of hopping in bed with this Brazilian hottie and discovering that OOPS...he pooped the sheets! Sorry, but "Easy to Kill" by Agatha Christie was a surprise 98% of the time I LOVE Aggie. Agatha Christie is my "go to" gal when I'm in a reading slump. Like a hot rich Brazilian man under the covers, you know you're not going to be disappointed. Well, usually. But there is the rare DUD in her collection. And if I can relate it to the above analogy of the sexy South American, this book is the equivalent of hopping in bed with this Brazilian hottie and discovering that OOPS...he pooped the sheets! Sorry, but "Easy to Kill" by Agatha Christie was a surprise frothy lumpy turd. Aggie girl, why you have to go and done that? This book is a skipable one in her collection. Now, I will never give up on Miss Christie, but this book left me going "really?" It starts out thrilling enough. A retired cop meets an excited spinster on the train to London who is on her way to report what she feels is a series of murders in her small town. She said she knows the next victim and wants to report it before anything else bad happens. Our cop Luke later discovers that his spinster friend was run down by a car on her way to Scotland Yard. Also, the "victim" she predicted, a doctor, is found dead in her village! Luke decides to investigate and goes to the town where he meets crazy cast of character caught up in the folklore of tales of witchcraft. It started great and quickly went downhill. None of the characters are interesting (except maybe the spinster, and shes killed off right away). There are a buttload too many characters. I couldn't keep track of them all, even though there is a handy character list up front. there seemed to be no logic at all. Also, it is WAYYYYY too repetitive. She repeats the same information OVER AND OVER again. It became annoyingly exhausting. To top it all off, I EASILY predicted whodunnit. I was hoping it would be a red herring and I would be shocked to learn who the killer was. But nope! I was right! If you are a fan of Christie and have read all her stuff except this one, or if you haven't read Christie, or jeesh if you have any taste at all you can throw this one on the top of the TO GOODWILL pile. Sorry, Aggie. P.S. If you happen to know a hot Latino man who ISN'T going to be a dud who leaves milkduds, send him my way, STAT!

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    Murder is Easy is once again a good mystery with the requisite red herrings. The twist at the end I did not see coming. I have come to the conclusion I would be a lousy detective. It is odd this novel is attached to the Superintendent Battle series as he features only in the last few pages. Luke Fitzwilliam returns from Malaya a retired policeman who meets an elderly woman on the train who during their conversation states someone is murdering people in her village. He is skeptical. Then she us r Murder is Easy is once again a good mystery with the requisite red herrings. The twist at the end I did not see coming. I have come to the conclusion I would be a lousy detective. It is odd this novel is attached to the Superintendent Battle series as he features only in the last few pages. Luke Fitzwilliam returns from Malaya a retired policeman who meets an elderly woman on the train who during their conversation states someone is murdering people in her village. He is skeptical. Then she us run over by a car and he decides to investigate. Quite a few murders in the village with a boy falling off a ladder, a drowned man and all appearing accidental. His friends cousin Bridget is engaged to Lord Whitfield a pompous media tycoon. He pretends to be related to Bridget and stays at their mansion while investigating the murders. There is a far fetched love interest. What is it with Agatha that people fall for instantly in love! Lots of suspects a crazy antique dealer, a supercilious Doctor, a lawyer and a few others. The murderer elderly woman’s friend Miss Waynflete who is very helpful. What I liked about this story was the clues are there to the insane murderer and they escaped me. Making it an enjoyable read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine PNW

    This is designated as a Superintendent Battle book, although he doesn't appear until 85%, and he doesn't solve the case at all. It's better to think of it as a stand along, with Luke Fitzwilliam as the main investigator. This is not the top of the Agatha Christie heap, but it is a solid mystery. I enjoyed the way that Luke kept referring to his dear old Aunt Mildred, who is clearly in the vein of Jane Marple. This one also provides an easy comparison to Towards Zero, another Battle book with some This is designated as a Superintendent Battle book, although he doesn't appear until 85%, and he doesn't solve the case at all. It's better to think of it as a stand along, with Luke Fitzwilliam as the main investigator. This is not the top of the Agatha Christie heap, but it is a solid mystery. I enjoyed the way that Luke kept referring to his dear old Aunt Mildred, who is clearly in the vein of Jane Marple. This one also provides an easy comparison to Towards Zero, another Battle book with some of the same themes. On reread, I am knocking this down a star.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stinky Girl

    It was good, but very predictable in my opinnion. Read it and see what you think.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I love me some Christie. She is getting me through some bad times right now. I plan on reading the rest of her backlist and didn't realize until after the fact I grabbed up the Superintendent Battle series (this is number 4) and am reading out of order now. I will correct that later. "Murder is Easy" confused me a bit since I recall this being a Miss Marple television episode. So when I started reading about Luke Fitzwilliam and there was no sign of Miss Marple anywhere I was not pleased. But the I love me some Christie. She is getting me through some bad times right now. I plan on reading the rest of her backlist and didn't realize until after the fact I grabbed up the Superintendent Battle series (this is number 4) and am reading out of order now. I will correct that later. "Murder is Easy" confused me a bit since I recall this being a Miss Marple television episode. So when I started reading about Luke Fitzwilliam and there was no sign of Miss Marple anywhere I was not pleased. But the story grabbed me and I found myself rushing to finish it. Luke is back in England after being a policeman out East. He ends up talking to an elderly woman named Lavinia Pinkerton who proceeds to tell Luke that she is going to Scotland Yard to report someone she thinks is a serial killer in her village. Luke though he doesn't say it to Ms. Pinkerton's face thinks that she may be imagining things. However, the names that Lavina provides him stick in his head, especially a man she said would be the next victim, Dr. John Humbleby. Luke puts the whole thing out of his mind until he reads how Ms. Pinkerton was killed by a hit and run driver. And when he then reads later that Dr. Humbleby is dead as well he decides to dig deeper into Wychwood under Ashe. Due to a connection that Luke has, he is able to pretend to be a cousin of a woman named Bridget Conway that lives there and is to be married soon to Gordon Whitfield. I honestly liked how Luke goes about investigating whether a potential killer is on the loose in Whychwood under Ashe. He pretends to be there to investigate some potential witchcraft/death ceremonies that I don't know how in the world anyone bought that. I would have been all: "You sit on a throne of lies!" Luke ends up getting a lot of gossip and feelings and starts to think that Lavina was right that there is something darker going on with one of the residents. Of course Christie throws in some some random I hate you, but I love you story-line between Luke and Bridget and it doesn't quite work because I honestly don't even get why either one of them is attracted to each other. So we have Luke trying to figure out who killed previous residents and also barely able to contain his loathing for Bridget's ridiculous fiancee. I loved the writing in this book. The atmosphere that Christie evokes in the village is creepy as anything. I maybe turned on more lights while reading this book. I just felt like someone was reading over my shoulder and had a very sharp knife ready to stab me with it. The flow in the book is a bit off though. I think that's because we have Luke running around and then we go to Bridget for a bit and then back to Luke. And we get a quick appearance by Battle who does nothing really in this book. The ending and reveal of the villain was creepy and very well done. If I were Luke and Bridget I would have thrown some holy water at the murderer, they were one of the most memorable villains in one of Christie's books for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    By page 6, I thought to myself, "There it is, Dame Agatha is telling me exactly who did it. Clear as day." Then the intentionally dim-witted Luke Fitzwilliam, the detective, starts his investigation and 100 pages later, I'm thinking, "Rather, clear as mud, but purposely so." Christie uses Fitzwilliam to pull all kinds of red herrings into the story, yet at 200 pages, we smart readers have already solved it anyway and we're simply enjoying the bumbling Fitzwilliam, who hasn't a clue to the soluti By page 6, I thought to myself, "There it is, Dame Agatha is telling me exactly who did it. Clear as day." Then the intentionally dim-witted Luke Fitzwilliam, the detective, starts his investigation and 100 pages later, I'm thinking, "Rather, clear as mud, but purposely so." Christie uses Fitzwilliam to pull all kinds of red herrings into the story, yet at 200 pages, we smart readers have already solved it anyway and we're simply enjoying the bumbling Fitzwilliam, who hasn't a clue to the solution or to much of anything. But his whip-smart love interest, Bridget, steps in and in her own way, solves it all. And all along, we realize we were oh so wrong, starting on page 6. Tricked again, and delightfully so, by The Queen of Mystery! This is a very good 4 star Christie, not her best but still better than 99% of all other "cozy murder mysteries" by any author. That said, this book ends with an unnecessary and rather sappy "happily ever after" romance that just didn't feel right, so minus 1 star for a 3 star rating.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hate to be so harsh with an Agatha Christie novel. They are usually so good. So tightly plotted. In fact, I would argue that the setup for this mystery is Christie's most brilliant and engaging. An encounter with a seemingly crazy old lady on a train becomes much more significant when it turns out her suspicions may be founded. I was really disappointed, however. The first disappointment came with the characters. Unlike a lot of Christie's more well-crafted works (Death on the Nile springs to mi I hate to be so harsh with an Agatha Christie novel. They are usually so good. So tightly plotted. In fact, I would argue that the setup for this mystery is Christie's most brilliant and engaging. An encounter with a seemingly crazy old lady on a train becomes much more significant when it turns out her suspicions may be founded. I was really disappointed, however. The first disappointment came with the characters. Unlike a lot of Christie's more well-crafted works (Death on the Nile springs to mind), none of the characters in this novel were particularly engaging. I found that I didn't really care about any of them. -Dr. Thomas, Mr. Abbot and Mr. Ellsworthy all bled into one very uninteresting person. Except for Ellsworthy's rather tacked-on occult connections, they were indistinguishable. -Though Wayneflete is kind of a confidante to Luke (and ultimately the murderer), I found her to be a very dull character. -Lord Whitfield was so pompous that he became a caricature instead of an actual character. -Rose Humbleby could have been a very interesting character. I enjoyed what little we were given of her. Unfortunately, she was used as a plot device, relaying information. If I'm missing other secondary characters, it's because I didn't find them memorable and forgot about them. Adding to this, I didn't even like Luke or Bridget. Luke was about as sharp as a volleyball. I was constantly frustrated with his inability to see what was right under his nose as well as his determination to blame people just because he wasn't fond of them. Prime examples of this are his judging both Whitfield and Ellsworthy. I didn't like Bridget for the most part because I felt that she was a bit of a Mary Sue. Christie tried too hard to make her look cool and smart. I found both to be incredibly rude and selfish to Lord Whitfield. I don't care if he's arrogant, it didn't excuse their behaviour or Luke's flippant attitude with him about it. The romance itself was unbelievably cheesy and unrealistic. It happened too fast and made me roll my eyes every time it was brought up. On top of the lack of good characters, I also figured out who the murderer was long before anyone else did. Once Whitfield started bragging about Providence, you knew that it couldn't have been him. And the only other person it could have been was Miss Waynflete. The fact that Luke couldn't figure it out makes me question his abilities to perform as a police officer. I give it two stars because I liked the setup and Agatha Christie is an excellent writer.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    3.5* “No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one's nearest and dearest.” The first thing that came to mind upon starting this novel was how similar it was to one of Christie’s Marple stories - meeting someone on a train journey who tells you there is a killer at large, only to hear that that same person died on her way to Scotland Yard... It is a good spring board for a plethora of plot developments, so I didn’t mind it. This novel however wasn’t one of my favo 3.5* “No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one's nearest and dearest.” The first thing that came to mind upon starting this novel was how similar it was to one of Christie’s Marple stories - meeting someone on a train journey who tells you there is a killer at large, only to hear that that same person died on her way to Scotland Yard... It is a good spring board for a plethora of plot developments, so I didn’t mind it. This novel however wasn’t one of my favourites of our Agatha. The premise of a retired policeman going on a crazy chase for a possible prolific murderer in a 'quiet' English village was a good one. Luke Fitzwilliam however kind of annoyed me. He often made conjectures that weren't logical. In fact, he didn't really behave like a professional investigator. Additionally, the main plot was so wide that anything could have been theorised, and is in a way. I know that usually everyone in a Christie book looks suspect, but here, it was nearly aimless. As for the end, it veered into a pretty nasty denouement.   Having said all this, I still whizzed through it. I did like the allusions to Marple-like characters for instance. So a good read - just not a stellar one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Oluseyi Bakare

    This is another brilliantly plotted story by the author, and we as readers are misled for quite a long time. The convincing portrayal of a sensitive man, feeling some higher force is exacting retribution and revenge for him in excellently done, as the murders pile up. On my own part when I was a young man I actually knew someone like this, who seemed to rejoice in tragedies befalling others "He/she wronged me and is now being punished...that's the way it should be," this guy would say even then, This is another brilliantly plotted story by the author, and we as readers are misled for quite a long time. The convincing portrayal of a sensitive man, feeling some higher force is exacting retribution and revenge for him in excellently done, as the murders pile up. On my own part when I was a young man I actually knew someone like this, who seemed to rejoice in tragedies befalling others "He/she wronged me and is now being punished...that's the way it should be," this guy would say even then, making him look guilty or responsible for bad things happening to others. Hence Christie I think is psychologically spot-on here; and the irony is that such people practically can not hurt a fly...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Here we are: I have finally read a book written by Agatha Christie. And I loved it. Now I understand why she is the Queen of Murder. Something to know before jumping straight into Christie's works: She's written like a million different books so don't expect great characterisation or an emotional read - just follow the story for the murder mystery. That's what she does best. At first I wasn't too impressed. Our main character seemed a little too proud of himself and there wasn't anything I could Here we are: I have finally read a book written by Agatha Christie. And I loved it. Now I understand why she is the Queen of Murder. Something to know before jumping straight into Christie's works: She's written like a million different books so don't expect great characterisation or an emotional read - just follow the story for the murder mystery. That's what she does best. At first I wasn't too impressed. Our main character seemed a little too proud of himself and there wasn't anything I could find myself getting attached to. I personally really enjoy emotional reads so this was a little bit of a disappointment for me to begin with. As the story progresses, Christie develops only the points needed for her mystery. Many characters in this story are completely obsolete and are treated as so. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that instead of going into pointless details when certain characters converse, Christie shortened the situation to "Here the conversation became technical." This saves a whole lot of time (although it does mean that you are left with a feeling of detachment from the characters, but I didn't mind too much). I must admit, I did not work out who the murderer was. I picked up a few points here and there and was on almost the right track, but Christie still completely wowed me with her "murderer reveal", I suppose I can call it. The story picks up momentum in about the last third of the book, at which point I decided to give up on any other plans I had for today because I just simply had to carry on reading to find out what would happen. By the end of the book, I was completely accustomed to Christie's writing style and now I can see that although it's different from what I'm used to in more modern books, it is still superb. Although I'm not in any particular hurry, I'm quite sure that I'll pick up another Agatha Christie sometime soon - it was wonderful to read for hours on end and be completely absorbed in a good old-fashioned mystery. I would recommend this book to anyone. In fact, I've already given the book to my mum for her to read it too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    In many ways the novel is similar to Miss Marple story, the only difference being that Luke Fitzwilliam replacing Miss Marple as the detective. The beginning is great and from there on the plot holds you in complete attention. The usual bunch of suspects are there and in true Christie fashion she manages to hoodwink the reader, revealing the murderer in a grand fashion at the end. Great read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    lookingforabura

    It was a fun read considering the twist in the end. And it's like being with Miss Marple but not really - because of the old woman in the story. The twist was really good!!! It was a revelation within a revelation. It's true what they say, you can never know with Agatha Christie... ;)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    3.5 Stars This was my first ever Agatha Christie (thank you, Little Free Library!), and I really enjoyed the experience. Very much a classic whodunit. I will definitely read more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elly

    I've not read a lot of Agatha Christie, only one Poirot a long time ago. I'm not a big fan of crime fiction, but as a classic I'll give it a merit for that. In its favour, the story was very fast paced and quick to get into, it's a good train journey read. The intrigue was good, and I didn't guess the ending. As a nice twist, at one point I thought that I had, but Agatha had let me down the garden path, so to speak. There are parts of the story that are mildly amusing, although I'm not sure if th I've not read a lot of Agatha Christie, only one Poirot a long time ago. I'm not a big fan of crime fiction, but as a classic I'll give it a merit for that. In its favour, the story was very fast paced and quick to get into, it's a good train journey read. The intrigue was good, and I didn't guess the ending. As a nice twist, at one point I thought that I had, but Agatha had let me down the garden path, so to speak. There are parts of the story that are mildly amusing, although I'm not sure if they are supposed to be. The pace of the story did mean it lacked depth. It felt a bit like a screenplay (maybe that's my modern bias knowing that lots of her books are now TV episodes). The characters were interesting, but felt like stereotypes waiting to be interpreted, by a director. There were some tiring, fantastical ideas. Such as "love-at-first-sight" and "I've-just-met-you-let's-get-married." Overall it was a decent read. But the writing feels either a little immature, or as if it were quickly published without a lot of editing. I would give it 3 stars for interest and intrigue. But, because it didn't make me feel anything much, I'm lowering my score to 2 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Durrant

    Had me guessing right up till the end! Never trust an unhappy woman!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A good little mystery, I picked up one red herring (view spoiler)[ that Ms Pinkerton had told Luke that it was a man who was the murderer when I didn't remember her saying so (hide spoiler)] but I thought it was so obvious a clue that I didn't know if it was deliberately put there to be discovered. Ms Christie can often double bluff her readers. The gradual reveal of the murderer was pretty chilling - murder in her books is often practical and prosaic, it's usually done for money or for intense A good little mystery, I picked up one red herring (view spoiler)[ that Ms Pinkerton had told Luke that it was a man who was the murderer when I didn't remember her saying so (hide spoiler)] but I thought it was so obvious a clue that I didn't know if it was deliberately put there to be discovered. Ms Christie can often double bluff her readers. The gradual reveal of the murderer was pretty chilling - murder in her books is often practical and prosaic, it's usually done for money or for intense personal reasons. If anyone is killed outside of the actual target it's unfortunate but not usually actively malicious. In this case there was a real feeling of madness around the killings, that the murderer was completely insane and took great pleasure in the seemingly random murders. That gave this book more of a sick and twisted air than is usual. On the downside there is the usual terribly unbelievable romance (all the main characters in her books end up getting engaged) which springs up out of nowhere and is based on virtually nothing - apparently a meeting or two is enough to have someone start spouting rubbish about endless devotion and so on. It's typically sexist and bigoted (nearly all of her books are sadly) - in this one it's towards an 'effeminate' man who is obsessed with the occult and isn't religious. Because obviously anyone who is 'effeminate' is going to be a godless Satan worshipper! If you can put all of that to one side though it's a pretty good murder mystery.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee M

    Agatha Christie always provides such an interesting array of characters. Sometimes they are fascinating in their novelty, and sometimes they are fascinating because they seem similar to those in other books, yet have their own twists and quirks, making them much richer than the stock inhabitants of a small English town, and keeping the reader’s attention alight.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allana

    I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting to. I liked the characters and the story was pretty interesting with a good ending. The way the characters speak is a bit different to today because this book was written 1939 and there were a few annoying spelling mistakes. Overall I liked it and would recommend it but unfortunately it has not converted me to being an Agatha Christie fan.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hanna

    SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP Oh, and the murder was nice, too. :-P

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin Stevens

    One of Christie's creepiest and most horrifying mysteries, about a crime spree in a tiny, adorable English town. (12+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Beckham

    My initial impressions of this novel were not the most favourable, and indeed well towards the end I found myself still castigating the author for a rather linear plot, a juvenile narrative, a veritable shoal of red herrings, and – most irritating of all – a perpetrator who stuck out like a sore thumb. Shortly after, I discovered I was wrong! Not for the first time, I had been hoodwinked by Agatha Christie. In my defence, it could be argued that the murderer’s intentions are somewhat far-fetched – My initial impressions of this novel were not the most favourable, and indeed well towards the end I found myself still castigating the author for a rather linear plot, a juvenile narrative, a veritable shoal of red herrings, and – most irritating of all – a perpetrator who stuck out like a sore thumb. Shortly after, I discovered I was wrong! Not for the first time, I had been hoodwinked by Agatha Christie. In my defence, it could be argued that the murderer’s intentions are somewhat far-fetched – but this is a trait of the author’s I should have recognised by now. And (as Poirot is wont to point out), the killer’s motive is generally the most obvious, which ought to have sounded a warning bell. I notice that on Amazon the book is positioned as “Superintendent Battle, #4” – but this is misleading, for the protagonist is a private sleuth, Luke Fitzwilliam, a young man home from police duties in the Orient, who becomes intrigued by a series of apparently overlooked village murders, and then even more intrigued by a young lady, Bridget Conway, whom he finds in their midst. The reading is undemanding and the whodunit satisfying – if not in my case! On which note I should have paid heed to the small print on the front cover, beneath the title, Murder is Easy. It states: ‘Finding the murderer is more difficult.’

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    My first Agatha Christie novel! My first great mystery of hers; I am hooked now. At first I was lulled into Luke Fitzwilliam, a retired policeman, running through all the possible suspects over and over. And, frankly, I was getting a little bored. I didn’t see what the big deal was with Agatha Christie. I didn’t understand the slow winding road to the character build-up. Now I see how Agatha develops her stories, it is deliciously deceptive! The first unexpected scene of romance was so shocking, My first Agatha Christie novel! My first great mystery of hers; I am hooked now. At first I was lulled into Luke Fitzwilliam, a retired policeman, running through all the possible suspects over and over. And, frankly, I was getting a little bored. I didn’t see what the big deal was with Agatha Christie. I didn’t understand the slow winding road to the character build-up. Now I see how Agatha develops her stories, it is deliciously deceptive! The first unexpected scene of romance was so shocking, it woke me up completely. I was awake then and couldn’t put down the book. My mind was going in a certain direction regarding suspects, much different from what Luke was revealing, and much different than how it turned out. I was completely baffled. Now I see what the attraction is, and can’t wait to read more of her novels!

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