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    July 10, 2016


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    Yvette Banek

    Les, the Twitter sign-in isn't working, so I used the Facebook one. It's still me. :)

    This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books - the misdirection (the first time you read it) is superb - but Christie was always so good at that. Sleight of hand. She would have made a good magician. (Actually, she kind of was.)

    The only thing about the book that rankles a bit is the ending which seems a bit over-the-top. (I can say no more without giving things away.)

    I was born in '42, so no 'oldie' jokes from me, m'dear. :)

    Les Blatt

    I must admit I rather enjoyed the ending, which really grows out of the misdirection. Any good magician relies on skillful misdirection, so I agree with you completely - Christie was one of the best at sending readers off in the wrong direction!

    J F Norris

    This is one of the few Christie novels that I remember *everything* about. And I read back in high school! On occasion I pull one of her books off the shelves because I've actually forgotten most of the plot and the murderer. Not this one. I'll never be able to read it again. I saw the title and immediately remembered the murderer's full name, how the bloody crime was done, the telltale clue that almost goes unnoticed until the final pages, all of it! It must be because as you say it "is one of Christie's most carefully constructed books, superb in its misdirection of the reader's attention and expectations."

    Les Blatt

    Agreed, John - I'm the same way about rereading many of the Christies without remembering too many spoilers. I don't think I had read Toward Zero before, though, because none of it stuck in my head, and the misdirection is so well handled. 'Nuff said.

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