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The Secret of the Chimneys - moonspinner
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The Secret of the Chimneys
Nothing beats Agatha Christie! I'm re-reading 'The Chimneys' for the nth time. Such a fascinating story!

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atomic89 From: atomic89 Date: August 26th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never read Agatha Christie :( Do you mind telling me what The Chimneys is about?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 26th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's a mystery like most of her books. And there's some romance. 'Chimneys' is a place, the venue of an oldfashioned house party where the murder is committed.

You really should read her books. They're timeless magic. If I were to recommend one, I'll suggest you start with either 'Sad Cypress' or 'Ten Little Indians'
buffyannotater From: buffyannotater Date: August 26th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went through a long Agatha Christie-reading phase when I was in middle and early high school. I think my favorites were The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Clocks.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 29th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember Roger A! Such a cool resolution. Did you know that almost every slasher movie is derived from Ten Little Indians in one form or the other? ;) They didn't call her the Dame for nothing.
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: August 27th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Added "The Secret of the Chimneys" to my amazon.com Wish List. Got a Gift Certificate for my birthday, so I might use it on that. :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: August 29th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Add 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' and 'And then there were none' while you're at it. :p
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: September 2nd, 2006 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

FYI

Bought "And Then There Were None" today and will read it tonight.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 2nd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

You're in for a treat, mon ami. Try to figure out whodunnit before the end.
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: September 3rd, 2006 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

The key to a good mystery is to always leave something out so the reader can't figure out whodunnit and why before the final pages, and that's pretty much what happen in this book, which, well, sucks, really. And when we thought we got a look into the killer's character, it was all a lie, really, which is quite unfair, in my opinion.

Anyway, got it read in about 4 or so hours, which was quite nice to get something like that read so quickly. Felt quite bad for Vera by the end. Knew the "red herring" thing was a deception, so I thought the doctor was the killer at that point, but it all makes sense after everything was explained in the killer's confession-in-a-bottle, as it were.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 3rd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Uh oh!


Why did it suck? :(
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 3rd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Uh oh!


Do you mind telling why you felt it sucked? I could help clarify one or two things... :(
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: September 4th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

No, no, no, the story didn't suck, the "Key to a Good Mystery" is what sucks. Not having a clue as to a character's possible motivations for killing these people doesn't help the reader solve the crime before the end, which they shouldn't.

No, the story was good and quite a page turned, and, as you mentioned, was written in an interesting still as well. I'm not running out to buy the whole Agatha Christie collection any time soon, but I'll seriously consider picking up another one of her books when I get the chance. :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 4th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Well in all fairness ---- you did have a clue to the murderer from the very nature of the story. It was clearly a person who had a very strong sense of justice - murder should not go unpunished and all that - and who liked killing people. Judge Wargrave's (?) nickname as the Hanging Judge was revealed pretty early in the story. (He was also the first character introduced, and the insight into his mental thoughts are subtly revealing).

If you want to give another Christie a try, then check out 'Chimneys' or my favourite Hercule Poirot, 'Sad Cypress'.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 4th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

But... *small voice* ... if you had known that early on in the story, that would have made it too easy... and you were told before the *big reveal*.
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: September 4th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Like I said, it all made sense after I read the ending. The reader wasn't told until the end that the man the judge was accused of murdering really was guilty, and by the rest of the evidence the reader was given, they shouldn't have been able to figure-out who the murder was and be able to give a reasonable explanation to his motives until the last chapter.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 4th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

But... *small voice* ... if you had known that early on in the story, that would have made it too easy... and you were told before the *big reveal*.

vanimy From: vanimy Date: October 5th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Yeah... It would have killed off the whole surprise. That's what I love with Agatha Christie, most of the time, you just can't figure out who the murderer is. Sometimes Hercule Poirot has clues you don't have and TW he can resolve the whole thing and you can't but I love the way it's done. Because when everything is revealed, it so makes sense. :)

If I could rec some books of hers, that'd be: And then there were none, the murder of Roger A., Murder on the Orient Express, the ABC murders, Death on the Nile, The body in the library, Miss McGinty's dead, Cat among the pigeons, The clocks... Anyway, enough with the rambling. :P
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 5th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Have you read 'Death comes as the end', the one set in Egypt? That was rather an amazing story, wasn't it? It was my very first Christie and totally fell in love with her stories then..

*thinks* It's interesting because I love the Poirot mysteries so much but it wasn't his character that got me hooked in the first place.
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