Book Review: Sparkling Cyanide

  • Title: Sparkling Cyanide
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • Year Published: 1945 (under the title Remembered Death)
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars (a.k.a., I liked it)

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie is a classic “whodunit” story centered around Rosemary Barton, a beautiful heiress who committed suicide one evening during a dinner party. It’s one year later and her husband, George, has received several anonymous letters stating that Rosemary did not take her own life, instead, she’d been murdered. Enlisting the help of Colonel Race, ex-Army colonel and MI5 agent, George embarks on a plan to find Rosemary’s killer.

I’ve read a few of Agatha Christie’s books and found this one slightly tedious, mostly because of the cardboard characters. I think it’s pretty well known that no great character arcs happen in an Agatha Christie novel. People read them for the puzzle aspect of the story, and that’s why I stuck with this book. I needed to find out whodunit, and she kept me guessing throughout the entire novel. Early on, I thought I knew the identity of the killer, but was proven wrong in the end. That’s what I like about Agatha Christie’s novels. You get a chance to play detective, and, to me, that’s what makes reading her books enjoyable.

All in all, this was a fairly good read and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys traditional mystery novels and likes to solve a puzzle. This one is sure to keep you guessing the entire time.

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