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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

Cards on the Table, by Agatha Christie

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

This is a Poirot mystery, and one I hadn't read before, and one from the "classic" period - 1936.


A man who brags to Poirot that he collects people - specifically, people who got away with murder - hosts a dinner party that proves fatal, of four sleuths (Inspector Battle of Scotland Yard, Hercule Poirot, the mystery novelist Ariane Oliver, and Col. Race, a secret service man), and four others, his pet murderers.


During the course of a bridge game after dinner, our host is murdered - but by whom?  The sleuths decide to team up to solve the case, and Poirot is reduced to studying the bridge tallies, his knowledge of psychology, and "the little grey cells."


This was a nice little palate cleanser from a couple of heavy reads; though I wonder how it would read to someone unfamiliar with bridge.  (I grew up with it; my parents and grandparents played a lot of it when I was a a child.  But it is no longer the behemoth of popular card games it used to be.)