An Elderly Lady Suspected Of Murder In The Sleepy Village Of Wychwood Dies Another Victim Of An Unseen Hand Since Too Many Accidents And Unexplained Deaths Have Occurred, Even For A Town With A History Of Witchcraft, Policeman Luke Fitzwilliam Vows To Discover The Reason And Finds A Very Cunning Killer. This was an other great murder mystry by Agatha Christie In this one there is a lot of witch craft and black magic and out and out cold blooded murder.I recommend this book to all.Enjoy and Be BlessedSteven Choose Your Own Adventure You are aged but you are no fool You are stronger than the foolish victims around you They never listen It will be the death of them, you say But they dismiss you, they find you charming but inconsequential, they ignore that you have lived an entire life of emotion and experience and the world is no playground to you It is a mine field, it is a pit, it is a coal mine and the people around you are canaries Canaries die Murder is easy if everyone thinks it is an accident Poor little canaries.If you feel that murder is just another way of saying I Love You, then choose this adventure.If you feel that murder should be recommended by two out of three physicians as the easiest cure for what ails you, then choose this adventure. With such a interesting hook, it s a shame that this mystery thriller just felt flat.Whilst traveling to London to inform Scotland Yard of her theories of a serial killer in her village, Lavinia Pinkerton meets young policeman Luke Fitzwilliam and shares her ideas on the train.It s not until the next day that Luke sees a newspaper story that Lavinia had been run down and killed that he starts to believe that might be into something.The problem I had with this story was that whilst the inexperienced Luke divers whilst investigating the case, there s just not enough mystery to sustain the story and I found most parts of the narrative dull.In fairness to Christie I didn t expect the ending, but it was one of her weaker mysteries. Former police officer Luke Fitzwilliam noticed on entering the train how much he was enjoying returning to England, and sitting indoors and resting from a long and hard life abroad She looked at the passengers in the train car and realized that the old lady sitting in front of her was not going to be quiet for long You hit it right Miss Pinkerton, a clever old lady, knew of his whole life in a short time She was amazed to learn that Luke had been from the police because she was going to Scotland Yard He quickly explained that the cop in the town where she lived was a fine person, was not very well suited to deal with murders.Faced with Luke s doubt and astonishment, she explained that people can be deceived the first time, but not in the second, third, and fourth Luke can not help but agree For that very reason, that later he felt compelled to begin the investigation where he had stopped for a very strong reason death For murder. Hmmm not sure how I feel about this one On one hand, I really loved the village setting, the old ladies and I even enjoyed the actual plot a lot On the other hand, I really found the main pair quite irritating, their love story unbelievable and since everything else hinges on that bit, the entire story rather runs down a little The book starts off very interestingly with a chance meeting in a train between Luke Fitzgerald, retired policeman, and Lavinia Pinkerton, a fluffy village elderly woman She confides in Luke about a murderer who kills again and again and Luke disbelieves her But the next thing he knows, he reads about Lavinia s death in the newspaper and then sets out to investigate This part is quite brilliant After this, Bridget Conway is introduced and the characterisation flaws begin She is witch like with long and black hair, smart and perfect, and Luke immediately falls in love with her without even spending any time together with her Terrible Another extremely annoying angle is Luke suspecting a man called Ellsworthy, who is quite obviously gay and non religious Well, religious people with their terrifying rituals scare me So I wasn t particularly impressed with the Satanism bit and was just endlessly annoyed at everyone going on about poor Ellsworthy It made me severely dislike Luke, which didn t help.The murderer was fantastic, though The plot was otherwise brilliant and only lacked in its actual execution, though I am getting a bit bored of women being rescued by men at the climax in murder mysteries There were a few plot holes in this one, but the overall setting and basic premise were interesting as usual. 98% of the time I LOVE Aggie Agatha Christie is my go to gal when I m in a reading slump Like a hot rich Brazilian man under the covers, you know you re not going to be disappointed Well, usually But there is the rare DUD in her collection And if I can relate it to the above analogy of the sexy South American, this book is the equivalent of hopping in bed with this Brazilian hottie and discovering that OOPShe pooped the sheets Sorry, but Easy to Kill by Agatha Christie was a surprise frothy lumpy turd Aggie girl, why you have to go and done that This book is a skipable one in her collection Now, I will never give up on Miss Christie, but this book left me going really It starts out thrilling enough A retired cop meets an excited spinster on the train to London who is on her way to report what she feels is a series of murders in her small town She said she knows the next victim and wants to report it before anything else bad happens Our cop Luke later discovers that his spinster friend was run down by a car on her way to Scotland Yard Also, the victim she predicted, a doctor, is found dead in her village Luke decides to investigate and goes to the town where he meets crazy cast of character caught up in the folklore of tales of witchcraft.It started great and quickly went downhill None of the characters are interesting except maybe the spinster, and shes killed off right away There are a buttload too many characters I couldn t keep track of them all, even though there is a handy character list up front there seemed to be no logic at all Also, it is WAYYYYY too repetitive She repeats the same information OVER AND OVER again It became annoyingly exhausting To top it all off, I EASILY predicted whodunnit I was hoping it would be a red herring and I would be shocked to learn who the killer was But nope I was right If you are a fan of Christie and have read all her stuff except this one, or if you haven t read Christie, or jeesh if you have any taste at all you can throw this one on the top of the TO GOODWILL pile Sorry, Aggie.P.S If you happen to know a hot Latino man who ISN T going to be a dud who leaves milkduds, send him my way, STAT Murder is Easy is once again a good mystery with the requisite red herrings The twist at the end I did not see coming I have come to the conclusion I would be a lousy detective It is odd this novel is attached to the Superintendent Battle series as he features only in the last few pages Luke Fitzwilliam returns from Malaya a retired policeman who meets an elderly woman on the train who during their conversation states someone is murdering people in her village He is skeptical Then she us run over by a car and he decides to investigate Quite a few murders in the village with a boy falling off a ladder, a drowned man and all appearing accidental His friends cousin Bridget is engaged to Lord Whitfield a pompous media tycoon He pretends to be related to Bridget and stays at their mansion while investigating the murders There is a far fetched love interest What is it with Agatha that people fall for instantly in love Lots of suspects a crazy antique dealer, a supercilious Doctor, a lawyer and a few others The murderer elderly woman s friend Miss Waynflete who is very helpful What I liked about this story was the clues are there to the insane murderer and they escaped me Making it an enjoyable read. 2.5 starsThis is the first book I have read in the Superintendent Battle series and it does not haveSmart PoirotorAn Intuitive Miss.Marplebut instead hasThe Blubbering Novice Mr Luke Fitzwilliam .The start of this book is really promising, an old lady traveling on a train meets a gentleman Mr Fitzwilliam and tells a tall tale about a series of murder that takes place in her cozy little village The gentleman not believing a word goes on his own merry way and later comes to know that now the old lady is dead Here goes the Gentleman to the cozy little village to carry out his own sleuth workIt s very easy to kill, so long as no one suspects you And, you see, the person in question is just the last person anyone would suspectBut here s the thing, I did suspect two people right off the bat because of the above statement and one of them was the correct guessThis story was a definite change from the other Christie stories as the manner in which the investigation is conducted is very basic and not very smart I might say It was like You or Me going in to detective work to find a murderer.There is a setting of the cozy village where nothing can go wrong but an evil is under play below the nice facadeWe often know what other people are thinking but sometimes we find out that we did not know, after all, and have, in fact, made an egregious mistakeThere is an unwanted romance added to the mix which I could have done without but then I think it was very much needed to wrap up the story in the end.The Superintendent Battle only appears in the last few pages of this story and I am not sure why this mystery is clubbed under his seriesAll in all this was better than an OK read but not as good as Christie s other work. This is designated as a Superintendent Battle book, although he doesn t appear until 85%, and he doesn t solve the case at all It s better to think of it as a stand along, with Luke Fitzwilliam as the main investigator.This is not the top of the Agatha Christie heap, but it is a solid mystery I enjoyed the way that Luke kept referring to his dear old Aunt Mildred, who is clearly in the vein of Jane Marple This one also provides an easy comparison to Towards Zero, another Battle book with some of the same themes.On reread, I am knocking this down a star.
Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name
- 224 pages
- Murder Is Easy
- Agatha Christie
- 02 September 2017 Agatha Christie