Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Sad Cypress"

As Elinor Carlisle stands before the Maidensford courts pleading not guilty to murder, her eyes meet those of a total stranger - the only man who believes in her innocence: Hercule Poirot. 

The case has sparked the interest of the Belgian detective. So have the suspicious events that have doomed Miss Carlisle to an inescapable fate. It began with an anonymous letter, a dying aunt, a handsome inheritance... and poison. Poirot's investigation is about to draw him into the shadows of a deadly family secret, and a mystery that could save a woman's life - or end it...

At the center of this classic murder mystery is a classic love triangle. Elinor Carlisle always assumed she would marry her childhood friend and distant cousin, Roderick Welman. 

Instead, he fell in love with Mary, whom Elinor and Roderick used to play with on their Aunt Laura's lavish estate. When Mary is gruesomely poisoned by morphine, suspicions naturally fall upon Elinor.

Then Aunt Laura, who bequeathed her estate and fortune to Elinor, is also found to have died from morphine overdose. The murderer seems obvious to everyone--everyone, that is, except Hercule Poirot. The Belgian sleuth summons all his powers to unravel the intricacies of a case that seems deceptively simple on the surface.

My Thoughts...

I guess this week I've been in an Agatha Christie state of mind... This book is the second book I've read this week. It has been on my TBR shelf for a few years, and since I am trying this year to read more of the books on my TBR shelf I chose another Agatha Christie book.

This was one of those 'don't bug me, I'm reading' books you're going to savor from the first page to the last. Christie always has amazing characters that make for another exciting mystery, which keeps her readers turning the pages and being entertained.

I own this book it is a part of my personal library. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 stars.


  1. Great review! This is one of my absolute favorites! I just love the character of Elinor and how Poirot worked everything else. You have me wanting to get back to reading Agatha's books! I've been neglecting them lately and I really need to fix that.

  2. I think I need to read another Agatha Christie this year, will add to my possible choices. I haven't enjoyed one as much as And Then There Were None yet but still good.

  3. Thank you for this. I love crime books but I'm ashamed to admit I have never read an Agatha Christie novel. Think I've seen every Poirot TV adaptation that David Suchet has been in & loved them so I must get around to reading the stories. I have read the Inspector Montalbano books & the telly adaptations are very faithful to the stories so will see how the Agatha Christie novels compare.

  4. This sounds like an excellent mystery!