This new historical mystery series is set in Mallowan Hall, the home of nonetheless Agatha Christie! When a dead body is found during a house party, it’s up to the famous author’s head of household, Phyllida Bright, a lover of Christie’s Poirot, to investigate.
❤️ I liked:
👩 Phyllida Bright. She is probably one of my favourite characters so far. She is young to work as a housekeeper in such a prestigious household, but she doesn’t let anybody intimidate her. She is tenacious and proud, and what I really loved about her is her loyalty to both her employers and her employees. I would describe her as a mixture between Poirot and Miss Marple: she uses Poirot’s methods to solve the crime, and she is a bit nosy like Miss Marple.
👩🍳 The side characters. I loved them! Puffley, the cook, was hilarious. And the interactions between Dobble, the butler, and Phyllida made me smile. They added a bit of humour to the mystery,
📘 It reminded me a bit of an Agatha Christie’s mystery. The setting, the cast of people, the witness statements at the beginning of the book and the revelation at the end… all of this reminded me of Agatha Christie.
❓ The whodunit. The final revelation was quite the twist. I have to say I got something while reading the book, but not everything.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 I definitely suggest this book to all the fans of Agatha Christie. I loved the plot, and I loved to see Agatha as a character, especially because she was not the main one. We all know how difficult it can be to have a non-fictional main character in a fictional book. Thanks to #netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the ARC.