Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

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Poirot investigates, with a trusty best friend at his side. Not Hastings- this time his sidekick is a feisty little dog.

Not really; Dumb Witness is about Poirot and Hastings investigating the death of an old wealthy lady Emily Arundell, and the presence of her dog at the scene of an attempted murder. Hastings  anthropormophises the dog throughout, which is a bit weird. It makes one realise how strongly influential a narrator he is on the story as, the way he tells it, the dog can talk.

I liked this Poirot. It’s a nice, easy read and not too dark. The cast of characters is interesting and it doesn’t massively deviate from the classic formula of a tightly knit group of suspects, visiting locals and a drawing room denouement but that’s not a bad thing.

Or maybe it is? All the standout Agatha Christies do switch it up a little- ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ and, my favourite, ‘And Then There Were None’. Sometimes a little complexity elevates what can be a pretty formulaic genre. But I would assume that’s hard when you’ve written about 30 or so Poirot novels.

Read: When you need something simple to get you through your daily commute.

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