Reviews of By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968)
Review by ropie (2007-01-30)
This is the first Agatha Christie novel I have read. I wasn't sure what to expect but I found this tale to be quite enjoyable if not particularly challenging.
The springing point for the story is a cranky aunt in a care home, which set bells ringing in my head as this is one of the biggest cliches in all 20th C. fiction. From then the plot centres around a house where some strange things have happened. Again, all very much of a muchness, including the absent-minded village priest, the mysterious and rich young lady, etc, etc.
Having said that, Christie delivers the story with a certain style that makes it a pleasure to read. I didn't really find myself 'on the edge of my seat' at any time but I was comfortably intrigued for the most part, despite the plentiful coincidences and unrealistic occurences.
I'd happily read Christie again and probably will do. This book was pleasant rather than gripping though.