[Review] Cards on the Table

Author: Agatha Christie
Sourced: Found at a second hand shop where proceeds go towards women trying to re-build their lives.
Meows: 4.2 out of 5, because I love a good old-school mystery


Poirot is back in this solid old-fashioned sleuthing read where four crime solvers (detectives and crime novelists included) are paired against four criminals at a dinner party. Unknowingly, the host is murdered and it’s up to Poirot and the other three sleuths to put the clues together to discover who had motive and opportunity. A quick read, the murderer isn’t who you suspect, just as Christie warns you at the beginning of the book.


“Of course I believe in the truth, said Rhoda.
Yes, you say that – but perhaps you haven’t thought about it. The truth hurts sometimes – and destroys one’s illusions.”
page 113

“Life if a difficult business, said Mrs. Lorrimer. You’ll know that when you come to my age. It needs infinite courage and a lot of endurance. And in the end one wonders: Was it worth while?”
page 117


I’m most certainly bias, but I feel like Agatha Christie novels deserve a high toe beans value. Even if you’ve read that mystery before, they’re still fun and enjoyable, no matter if it’s the first or the fifth time you’ve read a book. This was my first time reading Cards on the Table, but I love how simplistic the writing can be and how easily the story is told. For those reasons, I’m giving this book an 8 out of 10 toe beans.

It’s a fast read. It’s a fun read. It’s a beach read. It’s a commute read. It’s a great palette cleanser between books and it’s one I’ll definitely keep on my shelf or pass on to friends when they need a classic. It’s the kind of book you’re happy to share with others, but if it doesn’t come back to you, it’s ok. You’re sure to find another Christie novel along the way.


What’s your favorite Agatha Christie? Do you love her or hate her? Like and leave a comment below!

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