Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot Series)
by Agatha Christie
Mass Market Paperback, 188 pages
First published in 1959 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow

Synopsis:

Only the finest young ladies attend Meadowbank School. Just don’t turn your back on them. Two teachers have already met with foul play. Now Hercule Poirot is set to brave the student body before anyone else meets an untimely end.

2nd Christie book and 1st Poirot book ever, and I had this sitting on my stands since 1986 ( since I was a 3 year old). Can you believe that? Absolutely, no joking. This copy of mine was signed by my Dad in 6/1986 and someone bought it for 23 Rs 80 Ps. Yo! No my Dad was not rich and I have bad feeling that this came from someone else and was never given back. He cannot remember how he got it, but he remembers giving it to his brother for reading, and that is where I got it from.
So, I have no clue why I never read it. But now that I have, I am glad I finally did, it doesn’t matter it is after 24 years :o), Hardly matters, doesn’t it?
Meadowbank is the finest school in the whole of London, exotic – where Princess of different countries are sent and people at high places send there kids to be properly groomed. So it is hardly good for the reputation of the school, when a teacher (mistress) of the school is found dead in the Sports Pavilion (Gym). The first part of the book, gives us a sneak peek into Middle East, which is at the verge of a Revolution against the current King, because he is democratic and is not the blood-thirsty maniac his father was…

“While in England people who are picturesque and violent cause embarrassment and are not much liked, in the Middle East, Bob was fairly sure, it was different.”

Now, every King or Prince, people like that have reserves of fine jewels and here also jewels worth 3 and a half million go missing from the King’s possession. Where are these jewels?, are still in Ramat (the country’s name), or have they been shipped out by someone?

There is great characterization, you can definitely guess where the jewels are hidden. There was only two things that did not work out for me –

1) Entry of Poirot is in the very end after a school girl has already solved most of the mystery of course not the killer.

**Spoiler**

2) It was just the matter of Julia’s mom identifying the women whom she had seen on the 1st day of the term, I just did not get how they (as in the Police, CID guys etc) could not employ the same influence as Poirot in finding Julia’s Mom.

**Spoiler End**

I was pleasantly surprised at Rich’s story as well, and I was thinking Julia could have made a wonderful amateur sleuth, if given a chance. This doesn’t mean I didnot enjoy it at all, I did. I was surprised at who the killer was. I for once was wrong entirely. This was an enjoyable read but not as good as the last one I read.

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  1. Woah that is an incredible story – a book for 23 Rs! I wish it were the same these days too 😀

    This isn’t Poirot or Christie’s best, but still worth reading. Keep on with the Christie reading spree. She only gets better! 🙂

  2. i find it very odd that Poirot would make such a late appearance in the book. I would have been so distracted just looking for him to show up. At least in this case it was a short book, and better late than never in getting to read it. It takes dedication to hold on to a book for so long!

    1. My thoughts exactly. I was doing fine when I did not know it was a Poirot book. But the minute I found out, I was just waiting for him to appear. Thank you.

  3. 24 rs.. wowie!!!.. It must be fun to dig into such old treasures..
    Some of agatha christie’s books,i have found are predictable in a way that the oddball always is the culprit..but i have always enjoyed them.

  4. I love this book…however, to get a true taste of Poirot, this is not the one. You should try out books where he is the main sleuth…try Death on the Nile next 🙂

  5. Did you know Gumnaam (1965 Bollywood movie) is based on Agatha Christie’s novel “And Then There were None”? I recently learned that and added my first Agatha Christie novel to TBR list. 🙂

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