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Hercule Poirot #45.5

Charles Osborne, Agatha Christie

fiction classics crime mystery
mysterious medium-paced

304 pages | first published 1998

Inventor Sir Claude Amory feels a bitter taste in the mouth, when the new formula for explosive material stolen by someone in the household.

In order to quickly remedy the situation, Sir Claude locks the door and turns off the light, giving the thief a chance to return the formula without being detected. But darkness brings death and Hercule Poirot has to untangle family strife, love and suspicious visitors tangle in order to clarify the murderer and prevent disaster.

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Moods

mysterious 66%
tense 66%
dark 33%
lighthearted 33%

Pace

medium 66%
fast 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 100%

Strong character development?

No: 100%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Average rating

3.17