In lieu of a review for today – The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters will be coming along tomorrow, hopefully – a request for help. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve money or time, just a quick question.
As you may have grasped from my ramblings, I’m a teacher and next term, one of the reading groups is going to be looking at detective fiction – notably, Dame Agatha herself. I’ve been chatting to our librarian about it and we’ve been discussing which book to use. Needless to say, I haven’t come to a conclusion yet. So here are the conditions:
- It needs to be accessible to bright 14-15 year old girls.
- It needs to be a page turner.
- It would probably help if it involved Poirot or Miss Marple.
- It would also help if the explanation wasn’t too technical.
So, much as I think that they are some of her best work, I’d eliminate:
- After The Funeral as it takes a while to get going
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as some of the final explanations get a bit fiddly – and they probably wouldn’t know what a dictaphone is.
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas as it’s a bit messy and gets a bit talky in the middle.
The books that spring to mind are The ABC Murders, Peril At End House, Lord Edgware Dies or, for Miss Marple, A Murder Is Announced or A Caribbean Mystery, the latter simply because it hasn’t been televised recently.
Any other suggestions – possibly, if I remove the known character condition, And Then There Were None – although not my amazingly racist copy – or Crooked House?
Ladies and gentlemen with better memories than me, which Christie’s got you hooked way back when? You have a chance to help me indoctrinate a new generation of mystery-lovers! Please help out with your thoughts!