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Link: The Perfect Detective Novel

I have mixed feelings about The Toast sometimes, but this proposed novel, in which no one is murdered and Poirot eats several orderly meals without interruption, is pretty great:

"I am a person who, like Hercule Poirot, prefers comfort and regular meals to menacing ex-girlfriends and sinister train conductors. It is my belief that Agatha Christie’s beloved detective series, while excellent, would have been vastly improved had the bit with the murders been edited out and readers been left with 200 pages of Poirot sitting down to elegant, well-arranged little meals with tidy cutlery arrangements and delightful little dessert carts."

Everyone deserves a corpse-free holiday every once in a while.


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Sep. 1st, 2015 08:18 am (UTC)
I would so read that...
Sep. 1st, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
Me, too! So pleasant and peaceful, and no murders in sight!
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
I think I would read that, it sounds lovely. I would read a lot more crime fiction in general if it contained less murder. Uhm.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
It's one of the largely inescapable flaws of the genre. Though I could totally go for some non-murder-based crime fiction or even some cozy crime-free mysteries like Who Keeps Drinking All the Milk or Where the Fuck is My Cravat.
Sep. 1st, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
That was an excellent link, thank you!

And now I think I need to read the Poirot books, even they include a few too many murders...
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
The Poirot books vary a lot in overall quality, but Poirot is a great character to know: comfortable and just a little melancholy. One of the quintessential Poirot mysteries and a good place to start is Murder on the Orient Express, which is beautifully plotted and dark in the way that Agatha Christie mysteries tend to be dark, with a cruel and ugly crime buried deep inside a chewy and entertaining one. Death on the Nile is also good. Cards on the Table introduces my favorite of Poirot's friends, Ariadne Oliver, who is Agatha Christie's (very funny and likeable) parody of herself.

There are always too many murders, though.

Edited at 2015-09-02 05:39 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I suppose I have read one then! I read Murder on the Orient Express, and though I'd completely forgotten everything about the detective, I do remember the twist of the ending, which was really great.

Thank you for the other recommendations; I'll be adding them to my to-read list.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
That sounds delightful. I particular like Chapter 9: A Pot of Freshly-Brewed Tea and a Tall Armchair By the Fire.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
An excellent chapter! I'm also partial to "Eating Cheese While Gazing Out Over Lake Geneva, Which Is Full Of Lake Water Instead Of Bodies" and "Checking For Crumbs (There Were None)."
Sep. 2nd, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
Of course there were no crumbs! Poirot would not allow crumbs. Not even in books where murders do occur.
Sep. 3rd, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link- it sounds awesome. :)
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