Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Book Review: Sparkling Cyanide (Agatha Christie)

My first read of the Summer.

It is nearly a year since the eventful birthday party of Rosemarie Barton, a beautiful but vapid socialite, after which, Rosemarie had seemingly committed suicide due to post-flu-induced depression. A year on, however, things seem less black and white. 

The dead woman's sister finds evidence unearthing that quite a few people had cause to want Rosemarie dead. In writing a chapter from the point of view of all present at Rosemarie's birthday party, Christie retells the inner monologues of Iris, the younger sister, George Barton, Rosemarie's long-suffering husband, Ruth, the secretary of George, Anthony Browne, a dark and dashing but dangerous acquaintance of Rosemarie's, Steven Farraday, an ambitious up-and-coming politician whom Rosemarie was having an affair with, etc etc. 

Nobody is without a motive for wanting Rosemarie dead: Ruth was secretly in love with her employer and believed he deserved better, Sandra Farraday, Steven's wife, knew he was having an affair, Ruth stood to gain financially. 

Agatha Christie captures the inner psyche of all her characters so well, re-telling their stories from the grass roots and making us feel totally caught up with the story. 

George Barton goes a little gaga a year down the line and schemes to "recreate" the birthday party, and in doing so, he consumes cyanide and dies himself, treating us to a delicious double murder. 

That in itself is a little too preposterous (especially the explanation of how it is carried out), but as ever, trying to figure out who the guilty party is is absolutely enthralling. Top class from Christie as usual!



Anonymous said...

today. You can choose to be in a good mood or .. you can
>choose to
>be in a bad mood.
> I choose to be in a good mood."
> Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim
>can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
>Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept
>their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I
>choose the positive side of life.
> "Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
>"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away
>all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react
>situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
>You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line:
>It's your choice how you live your life."
>I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower
>Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often
>thought about him
>when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
>Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious
>accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

Emma said...

Um... thanks?

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