Fleur Du Mal
My problem with Agatha Christie's books is that with the exception of And Then There Were None --not a Poirot-book, btw-- I can't recall anything of them. I've read 5-10 books by her and most of them left no mark on my memory.
What I remember from her most famous character, Hercule Poirot is so permaeted by the TV-series and how David Suchet playes that role, that I can't even start comparing the character in the books to the character in the TV-series. In contrast to Christie's Poirot, Doyle's Holmes is very much alive in my mind and I actually can discuss some of the differences I have noticed between the part played by Jeremy Brett and the character of Holmes in the books.
Which tells me that Christie's characters in the book didn't come alive but stayed as curiosities for me.
This doesn't neccessarily mean that Holmes was any more human or better characterized, he just happens to have some traits I can identify myself with, whereas Poirot has none.
On the basis of And Then There Were None I could argue, though, that Christie is an entertaining writer and is able write and play out the questions of who, how, and why with all the subtleties that may apply, very skillfully.
And, as others have said in this thread, she is the queen of misdirecting the reader with all her cleverly placed clues. =P
< Message edited by fabula -- 8/31/2009 6:56:59 >