Hercule Poirot is up against the four biggest and brightest criminals in the world - and has to stop them before their plan to take over the world is successful.
I love the way that Agatha Christie has set up this story. Poirot is faced with many seemingly unrelated troubling little mysteries for him to resolve, only to find that they are in fact related to the big four themselves (I don't think I'm really spoiling anything by disclosing that). Poirot breaks out the disguises and uses a little subterfuge of his own to catch the criminals.
He and Hastings find their lives threatened at many different occasions and in many different ways - but they always manage to escape. The action in this book is completely non-stop and 'edge-of-your-seat' exciting.
The only weakness of this book, if you could call it that, is that it is extremely unbelievable. In fact, the end reminded me very much of a certain James Bond movie that was made fun of in Austin Powers.
Having said that, I was perfectly able to suspend belief and go along with Poirot and Hastings on this dangerous adventure to save the world. It is by far the most exciting Christie novel I have read to date.
What kind of read is this?
Quick and easy, but a nail-biter.
Do I recommend that you read it?
Yes, to everyone.
Do I recommend that you buy it?