Monday, June 15, 2015
Review of The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie (Collins, 1931)
The Sittaford Mystery is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle. Isolated by a snow storm a small group of people hold a séance in which the death of Captain Trevelyan is announced. At approximately the same time, the Captain meets his demise. So barring the spirits being real, how could someone at the table know this? As Inspector Narracott investigates it becomes clear the residents of Sittaford are not all quite who they seem, but none seem to have a motive to murder the Captain. The pleasure in the story is the rum mix of characters - especially her amateur sleuth Emily Trefusis, most of whom Christie manages to move into the suspect’s frame, and the plotting wherein all the clues are present, but the reveal is still a surprise. The story is told in a light breezy manner and is entertaining fare.