Two "deaths by misadventure."
Three amateur sleuths.
It all adds up to murder in Agatha Christie's delightful Seven Dials Mystery. (And with a number in the title, this book also counts as one of the 5 books I need to read for the What's in a Name 2014 Reading Challenge.)
I'll give you three.
FIRST, it's really funny. Christie's wit and humor shine throughout--she pokes fun at the English aristocracy, and the things her characters say and do made me laugh out loud more than one. SECOND, the characters themselves are likeable, memorable, and never dull. Especially Bundle Brent. (Isn't that the best name?) "Bundle Brent was a resourceful girl--she was also a girl of imagination." She's not one of those annoyingly stupid heroines; she has nerve and daring. "You never know what mad thing she won't be up to next. She's so frightfully unexpected. And the worst of it is, she's so astonishingly successful. I tell you, keeping Bundle out of mischief is a whole-time job." And the THIRD reason to read this book is Christie herself, specifically her masterful misdirection. Just when you think you've figured things out and solved the mystery, Christie yanks the rug out from under your feet. Talk about superior sleight-of-hand! That's what makes her novels, with their complicated plots, so much fun. One of her characters gives some good advice, and I second it: If you do choose to read this book... "SUSPECT EVERYONE!"
What's in a Name 2014 Reading Challenge Update: 1 book read; 4 more to go.
Category Completed: Read a book with a title that has a number written in letters in it.