Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress – shot through the heart from point-blank range.
The school is thrown into chaos when the ‘cat’ strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot’s help, she will be the next victim…
In (Very) Short:
+ a Hercule Poirot Mystery
+ thrilling and entertaining read
+ story worked despite the lack of Poirot in the beginning
+ the spy and revolution aspect were a lovely twist
– just a little Poirot towards the end
Cat Among The Pigeons is one of the later Poirot mysteries and since he has been old when Christie started the series, he is even older now and thus not as present in the story than I would have liked him to be.
The story starts out at many different places before settling at the grounds of Meadowbank School. We meet a foreign prince and his British friend planing their escape from a revolutionary country, we meet the sister and the niece of the British friend, we hear about diamonds, spies, army and police officials and all strings come together at an all girls school in England.
While we know more than the characters do, we are sure that the murder has nothing to do with the school per se but with people coming together here. But is that really the case. As the story gets more convoluted and we as readers are not as sure anymore, Hercules Poirot finally enters the scene and saves the day.
The story is exiting and thrilling and there are so many twists and turns that I was thrown of any track and idea I had and did not know what to believe anymore. I enjoyed the foreign as well as the spy aspect of the story. Christie’s writing and stories are soothing and yet still exiting. But I wished Poirot would have entered the story earlier and not so much during the end. It sometimes seems a little forced that with someone telling him about the events, he still figured it all out without having been there himself. But still, the story was still very good without his constant presence.
A thrilling and great read.