For some reason, summer makes me pick up mysteries, particularly Agatha Christie ones. I’m not sure why, but maybe it has something to do with needing something that’s easy to read but still challenges my brain a bit, without being cumbersome to take outside.
Anyway, this was a very satisfactory mystery to have picked up. It didn’t take me very long to finish, but kept me intrigued the whole time. It’s a nicely paced mystery—it doesn’t go so fast that you’re disappointed at figuring it out too quickly, or so slow that you’re tempted to sneak a look at the last pages (and I can be bad at that sometimes).
The mystery is a bit “Murder She Wrote”-like in that the investigation is started and aided by a mystery novelist, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver. When Ariadne’s interest is peaked i
n the years-old unresolved death of an old schoolmate and her husband, she enlists her friend the famous Hercule Poirot to help her solve the case. Her theory is that, like elephants (who have good memories), those associated with the family are bound to remember something about the case, so she pursues her “elephants” while Poirot makes his more “scientific” inquiries.
I won’t say more because I don’t want to give away anything, but I’ll just say it was a good read. I found this book to be truly enjoyable light summer reading.