And Then They Were Doomed is a fun little pastiche of Agatha Christie tales.
Zoe has a recently deceased mother who was ostracized by her entire family after giving birth without a husband in sight. Zoe is also a little person and a writer of author biographies. Since she is currently working on a book about Agatha Christie, she is not surprised to be invited to speak at a webinar series about her. She is surprised when she arrives there to a remote lodge stranded by a storm in the remote Michigan woods. No one is who they claim to be. The two people running the conference are named after Christie characters. There is a statue featuring children on the dining room table that slowly loses children as people disappear. What is really happening here and how can Zoe escape with the bridge flooded and the telephones not working?
And Then They Were Doomed is a fun ride through Christie lore. Both book plots and the author’s real-life are called out in the plot. Zoe is a great character. I’m hoping to see more of her in subsequent tales. However, the unbelievable ending just ruined the book for me. Plus while frequently calling out Christie’s “overwriting” as a bad thing, this book is guilty of it too. Even with those flaws, the book is worth the read. 4 stars!
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers, New Books Tagged with: Aug 13 2019, Christie
Two Fantastic Mysteries in One Book.
I absolutely loved this book. It starts with an editor reading the latest mystery written by their best selling author. The manuscript is written in the style of Agatha Christie’s books. It is set in a small English village where everyone is a suspect and all have secrets that only the dead woman may have known. At about the midpoint of the book, the editor realizes that the last chapter of the manuscript is missing and with the author dead from a fall, she goes looking for the missing chapter in the author’s home and by asking his friends and family. As she does, she sees similarities between the author’s manuscript and his life. She also begins questioning whether the author’s death was really the accident it appeared.
I really enjoyed the manuscript’s plot and characters. They were spot on to Dame Agatha’s earlier Miss Marple mysteries. I was as frustrated as the editor when she discovered the last chapter was missing. I enthusiastically noted the many references to Christie’s character names. I did guess successfully whodunnit. The mystery of the author’s death was written in a completely different and more modern style. I wasn’t able to foresee the resolution, which was great! After reading, I could clearly see the clues I missed so the author, Anthony Horowitz, was totally fair to the reader.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys trying to solve mysteries alongside the book’s detective.
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