I must confess that i am a die hard fan of Agatha Christie ..i have read most of her novels many times over...keep reading them again and again knowing fully well who the culprit is, i enjoy her style of writing, the descriptions about the English village life, the gossip everything...
AGATHA CHRISTIE((15 September 1890 - 12 January 1976)
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay(Devon).Having lost her father at a young age, her mother encouraged her to develop an interest in writing.She was encouraged to write short stories by her neighbor Eden Philpotts, upon whose advise and help, she successfully published a book of short stories, which proved to be the start of her hugely successful writing career...
Agatha Christie wrote her first detective novel, "THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES"and introduced HERCULE POIROT the Belgian detective, who appeared in more than 40 books.
Agatha Christie has been called, by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others, The Best-Selling writer of all times and the Best-Selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare....
Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976, at age 85, from natural causes, at Wallingford in Oxfordshire...
The story of Sad Cypress
This has quite an unusual story.I feel it is one of her better written books, a psychological thriller, where Christie plays with the mind of the murderer and the victim chosen by the murderer.
The story begins with Elinor Carlisle, standing in the dock, accused of murdering Mary Gerrard.The court is packed with people all watching and wondering, all convinced of her guilt.
But Hercule Poirot watching the proceedings is not at all convinced..
In fact the story begins much earlier, with an anonymous letter received by Elinor and her Fiance Rodrick Wellman, warning them to take care of their promised inheritance by their distant aunt Mrs Wellman.
The two rush to visit their aunt, when they hear that she has had a stroke.But unfortunately she dies before they reach her, leaving her vast wealth to Elinor.Rodrick takes one look at the lovely Mary, and seems quite smitten by her, which disturbs and saddens Elinor.
Mrs Wellman had been fond of pretty Mary Gerrard, who had a difficult father, ( who was Mrs Wellman's gardener, ) to deal with. Mrs Wellman had taken what seemed an unnaturally great deal of interest in Mary, who was not of her class or social standing, sending her to an expensive finishing school and she was on the verge of changing her will which was in Elinor's favor.She dies before she could make provisions for an inclusion in the will, was it to include Mary as the beneficiary of her wealth?That question remains unanswered as more tragedies follow.
Mary herself is killed by poisoning, and all the evidences point towards Elinor..Elinor who had disliked Mary, and had harbored thoughts of killing Mary, since she had unwittingly come between her and Rodrick...
Hercule Poirot had a challenging case in his hands, and he sets about with the conviction that there was more to this case than meets the eye, and he finds Elinor an enigma, there was no fight left in her as she meekly surrendered herself to the courts verdict which was Guilty.
But Poirot is determined to get to the bottom of the case..
My views about this novel
This is a love triangle, that ends in a murder.The book begins with a courtroom trial in progress and then the story is told in flash back..This novel will definitely not disappoint Christie fans..The narration is interesting and very taut.The story of love, jealousy and cunning has been very well written.
Among the various characters, Elinor and Mary, the naive and innocent girl, prone to tragic happenings, make an impact.Christie is able to make these characters so real, that one begins to identify with them easily.
There is the usual village gossip and all that comes with it.
Finally, the court room scene has been well written, but it doesnt somehow thrill you as much as the book and the story. i would have expected a little more thrilling from Christie for the grand finale of this excellent book..
But definitely a good suspense thriller that will not disappoint Christie's fans...
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (March 30, 2007)
Summary: worth reading